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NEWS | Feb. 26, 2021

It's all in the wrist, scanner screens temperature

By Ms. Jacqueline Boucher

Safety and Occupational Health Specialist Dana Bilotta demonstrates how Tobyhanna Army Depot personnel can self-check their temperature using one of 16 touchless infrared thermometers being installed around the depot. Seconds after an individual holds a bare wrist three inches from the lens on the unit, the display will indicate the surface temperature of the skin. This particular model is accurate to within 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

People with a temperature greater than 100.4 should verify the reading by rechecking it at least twice. If the temperature is confirmed, do not report to the U.S. Army Occupational Health Clinic. Individuals are advised to isolate in an unoccupied room or area away from others and contact their supervisor. Once informed, the supervisor should encourage the individual to go home and call their medical provider. Continue to isolate away from others and perform an additional self-assessment for other COVID-19 symptoms such as chills, cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, headache and sore throat.

Residents and visitors can notify the U.S. Army Garrison-Tobyhanna Fire and Emergency Services Branch.