Brown County Health officials have identified employees of Salm Partners as testing positive for COVID-19. Out of the 500 individuals employed at the plant’s Denmark facility, 10 full time employees have been diagnosed with the coronavirus over the last three weeks. None have been confirmed as contracting the virus while at work and these individuals have been on paid leave since they felt ill from symptoms.
“We have taken aggressive and immediate measures to protect our partners,” said Keith Lindsey, president and chief executive officer of Salm Partners. “Food production has been identified as an essential industry in our country and we need a healthy workforce to continue producing products to feed the nation. We are enacting all measures at our disposal to ensure the safety of our people and the food supply of our nation.”
In cooperation with the Brown County Health Department, leadership at Salm Partners is working to make voluntary testing available to its employees. Although it has been difficult to obtain, the company will make testing free to all employees.
“It’s about keeping our partners and their families safe,” Lindsey said. “Some people carry the disease without feeling or showing symptoms, so we want to make testing available to all of our partners.”
Salm Partners has instituted thorough personal health protection such as:
The company’s main facility in Denmark has been updated to ensure for individual health and safety such as:
“We are vigilant in controlling any source of transmission in our immediate workplace, but the nature of this virus has infected every corner of our world. As an essential link in our food supply, we take infection control seriously,” Lindsey said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Salm Partners refers to all employees as “partners.”