Temperature Screening Kiosks to Detect COVID-19 in Public Places
The city of Dallas has purchased 100 infrared thermometer kiosks that will be used at city buildings reopen to the public.
Wello placed one of the temperature measurement kiosks in its lobby to screen workers since the appearance of the coronavirus.
“Practicing this every morning, having their temperatures checked, has not been a problem. In fact, it has been almost second nature for us by now,” said executive David Ly.
The screening helps ensure that employees who sometimes work in close quarters are not contagious with fevers.
Screening kiosks have been in use for years. They were posted at Dallas elementary schools near Presbyterian Hospital when a patient infected with Ebola was being treated there. They have also been used in jails.
The product has become very popular during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As soon as you line up with it, its sensor takes a temperature on your forehead, to the campus right about there where your glasses hang. And that is the place where you are warmest,”
The city of Dallas is still working on a reopening plan for city buildings and has not determined exactly where the devices will be used.
A thermometer kiosk could be posted beside metal detectors that screen visitors at city hall. They may be at city recreation centers and libraries, as well.
Heller said he has been told Dallas plans to use the devices at Dallas Love Field, too.
Temperature checks could become routine in many public places.
“I like for my family to go shop at places where we know everyone is well and not passing any contagious bugs around,” Ly said.
It could be a step toward making people feel more comfortable in the wake of a pandemic.
But there is a cost.
The city of Dallas used $884,500 in Federal CARES COVID-19 relief money to buy the devices.
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