The Y at both Maple and Portage will include temperature screening kiosks at each entrance as part of the entry process. The kiosk, which uses infrared detectors to take temperatures, is a hand-less, self-scanning device that can detect if persons have a fever. Anyone whose temperature reads 100.4 or higher will be asked to return home. The devices were procured through a grant to help the Y manage a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan that mitigates the spread of germs. Up until now, the Y has used hand-held infrared thermometers. The kiosks will help keep staff and members six feet apart per social distancing requirements.
"We all know that temperature-taking does not in itself stop the spread of germs, but it is an important integral part of a strategy that relies heavily on high standards of cleanliness, social distancing requirements and enforcement, and personal and social responsibility mindsets," said CEO Dave Morgan. "Our goals and efforts have been and continue to be of working toward providing an environment that is as safe as possible for our youth, members, and staff so that we can continue serving the community at a time when the community needs us most."
The kiosk software only takes temperatures. It does not have facial recognition technology and is not connected to a network.
Questions and concerns can be directed to Dave Morgan, CEO, 269.345.9622 ext. 123.