Frustration about COVID-19 restrictions at Canal View-Houghton County could come to a head at a special meeting of the Houghton County Board of Commissioners this afternoon.
The issue burst into public view September 2, when Canal View administrator Kimberly Salmi published a lengthy statement on social media. In it, she noted that long-term care facilities are being held to a higher COVID-19 protection standard than other medical care facilities. She blamed the restrictions for low staff morale and high turnover, and complained that long-term care staffers are not being given the same respect offered to those in other areas of the healthcare industry.
At Tuesday’s county board meeting, commissioners voted 3-2 against a resolution that would have supported Canal View’s request to state and federal authorities to have COVID-19 standards reduced. The county board will reconsider its vote on that resolution at today’s meeting. It is the only item on the agenda.
The resolution is only a ceremonial show of support. If passed, it would have no legal effect.
Keweenaw Report has learned that Salmi has tendered her resignation as Canal View administrator, with 30 days’ notice. As of yesterday, the board that oversees Canal View had not accepted it.
Today’s meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the fifth floor conference room at the Houghton County building. Officials note that the limited capacity of the room will be enforced, and are encouraging those who wish to view the meeting to use the online link provided in the agenda, which is posted here.