QUINCY — Visitors to a Blessing Health System facility should start noticing changes in how they are screened before they enter the facility.
Blessing started installing temperature kiosks that can take a person's temperature without contact. The automated process has been tested for several weeks.
"Screening people for fever has become standard operating procedure for the safety of public and staff," said Maureen Kahn, president and CEO of the Blessing Health System. "The temperature kiosks make this vital safety step quicker, more efficient and a bit more fun."
Blessing has been taking temperatures for employees and visitors since March 16, as part of its COVID-19 response.
Christy Woodward, director of volunteer services for Blessing, said the kiosks will help cut down on the potential contact screeners have with visitors.
"We received our first kiosks the first part of June, and they've gone so well and just been so handy to have, because people can just walk right up and get their temperature taken," Woodward said. "The screener asks the questions. It's just a great process."
Screeners will remain at entrances to make sure they are wearing masks and using hand sanitizer before entering the facility.
Using a thermal imaging camera, the kiosk quickly provides an individual's temperature. If the kiosk reads a person's temperature as normal, it will say that and the person may enter the building. If the kiosk reads a person's temperature as elevated, the individual will be instructed by an employee, or by reading an instruction sheet posted at the kiosk, what action to take.
Woodward said Blessing also is in the process of hiring screeners, as the screening process will remain in place indefinitely.
"Right now we're using our labor pool that we've had activated since March 16, and we have people that have regular jobs that have been filling these jobs and just pitching in," she said. "They need to get back to their regular positions, so we've hired permanent people to screen our doors."