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Salmi to Stay On, as County Board Supports Canal View Resolution

Faced with the resignation of Canal View administrator Kimberly Salmi, the Houghton County Board of Commissioners reversed course Friday, and supported a resolution to encourage lawmakers to relax COVID-19 restrictions at extended care facilities.

Salmi was pleased with support for the statement, which had been slightly revised from an earlier version that failed at Tuesday’s regular board meeting…

I’m glad that we could get to a resolution which everybody here I think can live with, and be proud of.

County Board Chair Tom Tikkanen said he was happy to support workers at the county-owned residence…

They have performed admirably, and that’s an understatement, during this time of COVID. Yet, it’s not without cost.

COVID-19 regulations at extended care facilities have been stricter than at other health care institutions. Salmi says that has contributed to employee stress, low morale, and high staff turnover.

The failure of the initial resolution Tuesday had prompted Salmi to submit her resignation. Now, she says she’ll stay on…

With the passing of the resolution, and the amount of support from within the community, and particularly the amount of support within my staff, I will be rescinding my resignation, yes.

And, while the resolution passed by the county board doesn’t provide immediate relief, Salmi hopes it will send a message…

I’m hoping to share this resolution with our higher elected officials. I’m also hoping to share this within the community of long-term care workers, so that maybe they, too, can reach out to their local elected officials, and let this movement grow.

See the resolution here.

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