WHITE HOUSE White House halts mandatory temperature checks, symptom screening

The White House has stopped conducting mandatory temperature checks — such as the March one seen here — for all staffers and visitors entering the grounds.                                                         Patrick Semansky / AP file
The White House had already stopped requiring all staffers in the West Wing to wear masks, a measure put in place in May when the president’s personal valet and the vice president’s spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said last week that masks were recommended by not required in the West Wing, despite its narrow corridors and desks packed closely together, making it difficult for staffers to remain 6 feet apart.
While temperature checks can’t identify people who are infected but not showing symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for workplaces say employers should “consider conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks (e.g., symptoms and/or temperature screening) of employees before they enter the work site.”

Article URL : https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/white-house-stops-mandatory-temperature-checks-symptom-screening-n1231708

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