The move to screen the health of workers comes as the virus continues to spread, with food-store employees among the most vulnerable as their "essential" function exempts them from most local, state and federal "stay at home" orders created to fight the pandemic.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. "They will be high-quality masks, but not N95 respirators - which should be reserved for at-risk health-care workers", the company said.
Anyone with a temperature of at least 100 degrees will still be paid for reporting to work, but they will be asked to go home and pursue medical treatment if necessary, the release said. Those employees will have to be fever-free for at least three days before returning to work.More news: Rachel Maddow Calls The Timely Arrival Of Navy Hospital Ships 'Nonsense'
The company has been "constantly analysing" the effectiveness of wearing masks and gloves, Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart, said on a call with reporters.
It noted while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health officials do not recommend masks or gloves for healthy people who don't ordinarily use them for their jobs, "we will make them available-as supplies permit-for associates who want to wear them".
Walmart ultimately decided that both employees and customers would feel more comfortable if employees had access to masks and gloves, Bartlett said.More news: Watch BTS perform from quarantine on James Corden's 'Homefest' special
"We are in the process of sending infrared thermometers to all locations, which could take up to three weeks", the company said in a blog post. This gives workers a chance to do more cleaning and restock shelves.
Bartlett said the company will need about seven million masks per week for all its employees to have them daily.
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