Hand-held temperature scans discontinued

WashU Med and BJC have discontinued active, hand-held temperature checks as part of the entry screening process. Fever alone is not often indicative of infection unless accompanied by other symptoms. This change is a de-escalation of safety measures that were put into place during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As cases decline in our communities and vaccines become more readily available, WashU Med and BJC will slowly and methodically begin to lift some of these enhanced safety measures that were so imperative to slowing the spread when community transmission levels were high. In the meantime, entry screening will still be required for all persons entering the Medical Campus, including patients, visitors, contractors, vendors and employees. This screening will continue to include checking for recent positive COVID-19 tests, symptoms including fever, and/or close contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 case in the last 14 days. Thermal cameras will continue to operate and be monitored by screeners. Employees must continue to conduct self-screening through the online work entry screening tool and display the results to the screeners upon entry.