Walmart and Sam’s Club will start checking workers for fever

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Walmart and Sam’s Club will start taking the temperature of each of their employees to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

The retailers said Tuesday that each of their stores, centers and other facilities should receive thermometers within the next three weeks to check workers for fever. Employees will also be asked some questions to help assess the status of their health.

“Any associate with a temperature of 100.0 degrees will be paid for reporting to work and asked to return home and seek medical treatment if necessary,” John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., and Kath McLay, president and CEO of  Sam’s Club wrote in a blog post. “The associate will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days.”

The retailers say that while federal health officials have not recommended workers wear masks and gloves if their jobs don’t typically require it, Walmart and Sam’s Club will now provide the equipment to those who ask, as long as supplies are available.


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