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Walmart to begin taking all employee temperatures including at stores, distribution centers

Walmart to begin taking all employee temperatures including at stores, distribution centers
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Walmart will begin taking the temperature of all employees at its stores and distribution centers, the company announced Tuesday. 

Any employee with a temperature of 100 degrees will be paid for reporting to work and asked to go home and seek medical treatment if necessary, the company said in an announcement on its updated response to the pandemic. 

Associates with a temperature will not be able to return to work until they are free of a fever for at least three days. 

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Walmart is sending infrared thermometers to all of its locations and said they should arrive in up to three weeks. 

Walmart said it will also be making masks and gloves available, as supplies permit, for associates who want to wear them. The company said it will send "high-quality" masks, but not the N95 masks needed for at-risk health care workers. 

“We encourage anyone who would like to wear a mask or gloves at work to ask their supervisor for them, while keeping in mind that it is still possible to spread germs while wearing them,” Walmart said in its company announcement. 

Walmart said it will also continue to ask associates to look out for other symptoms in addition to checking for fevers, such as coughing and difficulty breathing. 

There are more than 164,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 3,170 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.