Josh Hartranft, executive director of technical solutions at Millersville, tries out one of the new temperature scanners on campus.

Millersville University now has seven temperature scanners for students, employees and visitors to use across campus.

“A temperature scanner is useful to screen people for having a fever,” explains Lauren Blevins, nurse practitioner at Millersville. “A fever can be a symptom of having COVID-19. “

Josh Hartranft, executive director of technical solutions at Millersville, was instrumental in getting the scanners installed. He says, “To use the scanner, step up to the device and fit your face into the silhouette. The device checks to make sure you are wearing a mask. Do not take your mask off when scanning.”

 The scanners are now available in Gordinier, Caputo, Breidenstine, Osburn, Ware/Winter Center, Lombardo Welcome Center and Palmer. In addition to those scanners, Student Services Inc. has a temperature scanner in the Student Memorial Center. Additional scanners may be purchased.

Temperatures are recorded and reported with no identifying information (no pictures are taken).

If a high temperature is recorded and you are a student, call health services 717-871-5250; if you are an employee or visitor, please contact your healthcare provider.

While the temperature scanners are one indicator of COVID-19, Blevins says it is important to note that you can have COVID-19 and never have a fever (or any symptoms at all). 

“This is why it is important to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and to wash your hands,” said Blevins. “You should also monitor yourself for all symptoms of COVID-19, which include cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting and diarrhea. If you are having any of these symptoms, please stay home and call Health Services.”

And one final reminder from Health Services: please get your flu shot this year!




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