County Exec Jim Kreuser’s administration enacted a very strict Covid-19 policy that has some county employees feeling unjustly punished. The policy, which took effect On April 12, 2021 was announce by Kreuser’s HR Director on April 5, 2021 via an email that went to all employees. This email was shared with the Kenosha County Eye today. The policy will be in effect “until further notice.”
This policy is only enforced for County employees who have not been fully vaccinated for two weeks. If you chose not to get vaccinated, and chose to travel up north to your family cabin, for example, or attend a wedding, you have to follow this very strict set of rules. If you travel short distances, even within the state, you must get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days afterwards. If you chose not to get tested, you have to self-quarantine for 10 days. The more employees that travel, the more employees that will be calling in sick to work, even if they have no symptoms. This will increase overtime pay and cost a hefty amount of tax-payer cash.
This new policy doesn’t let employees know if they will be paid during their time off. Also, it doesn’t address folks that have already had Covid, and thus, are immune. We spoke to several county employees who feel like this is the government forcing them to take the vaccine in order to visit family or travel short distances for recreation. This comes on the heels of one of the three available vaccines being “paused” in much of the world due to adverse effects. This policy applies to all county employees including all of the Sheriff’s department.
The emails concludes with “This travel protocol is important for us to continue along our positive trajectory of a return to normal”
The HR director, Clara Tappa prominently singed her email like she always does, with (She, her, hers). She is a biological woman, and looks like a woman, but wants everyone to be absolutely sure that she is 100% woke.
Let’s hope the hard-working county employees and Sheriff’s deputies aren’t deterred by this punitive policy and still consider traveling to see family and friends. They deserve a break. We all do.