Symptom screening

How to conduct a facility health screening

Equipment
  • 4-6 temple thermometers.
  • Alcohol swabs (to clean thermometer heads).
  • Bleach wipes (to clean thermometer bodies) and work surfaces.
  • Tyvek wristbands (multiple colors to have different color each day).
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Disposable medical gloves.
  • CR 2032 batteries (several).
  • Computer with network and Google access.
  • Google data entry form.
  • Paper data entry forms (back-up).
  • Room near the entrance with:
    • Adequate space to establish a line with people spaced 6-feet apart.
    • Two 5-6 foot tables for supplies and data entry
Personnel 
  • Line manager (optional)
  • 1-2 temperature takers
  • 1-2 people to ask screening questions and apply wristbands.
  • Depending on the size of the facility, and the number of people needing to be screened, one person may be sufficient to take temperatures, ask about symptoms, and apply wristbands.
Set-up

Set up equipment on the tables so that the temperature takers screen first. The screening question personnel will be at the opposite end of the tables. Clean all surfaces and equipment with bleach wipes or disinfectant wipes.

Line management 

Remind all people in line to stay 6 feet apart.

Temperature screening 
  • Temperature takers ensure that they put medical gloves on. 
  • Using a temple thermometer, take the person’s temperature. 
  • Ask the person to remember their temperature for the data entry person. 
  • A fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4 or above. Ask people who have a fever to return home and notify their supervisor.
  • If no fever is present, have the person proceed to screening questions.
Screening questions 

If you are keeping a record of screening, use the Employee Screening Form to capture information electronically. If the computer is not accessible, use the manual paper form and complete data entry at a later time. 

Enter name and agency information, record temperature, and ask about symptoms.

  • If the person answers yes to any of the following, ask the person to return home and notify their supervisor. 
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • If recording data, complete data entry, place the “color of the day” wristband on person’s wrist, and allow the person to proceed. 
Important: 
  • Clean thermometers after each use.
  • Maintain a clean work space.
  • Clean and disinfect all surface areas at the end of the day. 
  • Clean your hands frequently.

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