HEALTH

Grocery store to provide free digital thermometers

Mar 30, 2020, 6:00 PM | Updated: 6:03 pm
Harmons free digital thermometer...
Harmons Grocery Stores in Utah announced they will give away more than 3-thousand free digital thermometers through their drive-up windows. The thermometers were made possible by anonymous donor. Image credit: Getty Images.

SALT LAKE CITY —  Harmons grocery stores will give away a free digital thermometer beginning Wednesday, April 1.

The company says that one free digital thermometer per family will be handed out through their pharmacy drive-thru windows, while supplies last. The offer will be good at Harmons stores in Midvale, Draper, Salt Lake City, South Jordan, Riverton, Santa Clara, and St. George.

In some instances, the giveaway of a free digital thermometer will be limited to customers who are over the age of 60, or who have disabilities or are immunocompromised.

The company says that an anonymous donor provided the more than three-thousand digital thermometers for this distribution.

A temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher is a symptom of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and they have been in short supply.

“Our priority remains doing our best to following COVID-19 guidance,” said Dean Peterson, Harmons president and CEO in a statement. “And we hope that making a thermometer available to families that don’t have one will help them in their efforts to monitor the health of their loved ones.”

“We are monitoring the emerging situation continuously and are dedicated to doing all we can to support our customers and communities as we all work together in responding to COVID-19.”

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus 

COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading: 

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.  
  • Don’t touch your face. 
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet) 
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing. Stay at home instead of going out.
  • Get a flu shot. 

Resources for more information 

State of Utah

Utah State Board of Education 

Utah Hospital Association 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization 

Cases in the United States 

 

 

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