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CoVigilance offers on-site,
full-service testing to clients
in Wisconsin. In these cases,
mobile trailers might be
used to help conduct testing
outside the facilities.

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"However, early on, we made the call that
we weren't here to make a bunch of money
- we were here to help make testing more
available," Salm said.
Early in the process, when Salm Partners
was conducting its own testing, Salm
learned that there were FDA emergency use
authorizations available for self-sampling. It
was unnecessary for testing to be conducted
by medical professionals. Instead, the people
being tested could swab their own noses while
being observed by a trained professional. That
was one of the many "tricks" Salm Partners
learned during its early stages of testing, and
one of many CoVigilance incorporated into its
business model to share with the companies it
worked with.
"We figured out that we had found the
testing solution. We knew the labs that were
running diagnostics. We knew the supply chain
for the swabs and the test kits," Salm said. "So,
we decided it was our job to coordinate all
those pieces and provide those elements as a
tool for other plants to use when conducting
their own testing program."
While CoVigilance does offer full-service
testing in Wisconsin, the company is more
likely to provide the tools and training
necessary for the company to administer
the testing itself - from testing supplies, lab
logistics, testing protocols, test instructions
and follow-up guidelines. The company will
also train and certify test observers for other
companies so they can oversee their own
in-house swab testing.

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"We train them and make it so it's their
process, it's their execution. They are working
through it with their own people and staff,"
Salm said. "We're coordinating the logistics
on the back end. We walk through the process
flow with them. We discuss the layout of their
testing, the time they're doing it, the people
who are doing it and the flow of their people
through the process.
"We walk them through all the steps, so
they know what to do as they prepare for
the day of testing and go through the day of
testing. Then after results come in, we debrief
their team and provide whatever scientific
basis of understanding they need to help
analyze their results," Salm said.
CoVigilance also offers consultant services
to help companies navigate how the changing
coronavirus environment is impacting
their business.
"Information regarding the virus changes
daily, and developing an informed, strategic
workforce management plan is challenging,"
according to the company's website.
"CoVigilance will provide ongoing consultative
services for your leadership team to develop
detailed, data-driven protocols to protect
your workforce and your business that
incorporates the flexibility required by this
rapidly changing environment."
Salm Partners is still testing on a twoto three-week frequency to ensure more
asymptomatic cases aren't hiding in the plant.
The company is proud it never had to shut
down its operations.
"We believe that without testing that
would have been a different story," Salm said.
"Salm Partners never had to shut down while
other large meat plants in the area had to. We
were able to get onto testing faster and more
efficiently than those other companies did, and
keep our plants running."
Salm believes testing could be the key to
managing the virus - that isn't going away
anytime soon - both for the meat industry and
throughout the supply chain.
"There's been a hesitancy to mandate
testing, but I've seen the benefit of testing
in an outbreak scenario," he said. "Testing
is available, and it's easy to implement. It
strikes me that we can and should take a
more aggressive stance on testing in the meat
industry."


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