Change to caregiver thermal scanning follows positive signs in pandemic
Your dedication to following all of our safety measures — Universal Pandemic Precautions, social distancing, hand hygiene and visitor guidelines — has allowed us to maintain a safe environment throughout the pandemic.
Thank you for your compliance as our measures have evolved.
All Ohio caregivers, as of March 24, will no longer need to be thermal scanned (temperature checked) as they enter Cleveland Clinic facilities. There are no changes at this time to the screening of patients and visitors.
We are able to make this change while assuring safety. Some contributing factors include:
- Fewer caregivers are testing positive for COVID-19.
- Even more caregivers have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Caregivers at screening posts are being reassigned to serve patients and ensure the safe provision of care.
Patients and visitors will continue to be asked screening questions at these times:
- when making an appointment
- at entrances, check-in desks and kiosks, and
- in the exam room.
Please remember to always have your caregiver ID badge visible when entering a Cleveland Clinic facility. Caregivers will now be able to enter all entrances with secured access by swiping their badge.
Caregivers are encouraged, but not required, to use COVID Pass to help assess any symptoms prior to entering the workplace. The tool provides access to a list of COVID-19 symptoms to improve caregivers’ ability to self-screen and learn what to do if they suspect they have symptoms. Learn more about COVID Pass in the COVID-19 toolkit. For the safety of all caregivers, patients and visitors, caregivers who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms should remain at home and call the Cleveland Clinic Caregiver COVID-19 Hotline at 216.445.8246.
We will continue to monitor infection rates, hospitalizations and data from the State of Ohio to determine our safety precautions throughout the pandemic.