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DeWine asks businesses to check employees’ temperature

“Businesses should do everything they can to monitor their workforce,” Gov. Mike DeWine said.
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Gov. Mike DeWine (Vivien McClain Photography)

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday asked business owners to begin taking the temperature of employees when they arrive at work to identify anyone who is becoming ill. 

“Businesses should do everything they can to monitor their workforce. We're dead serious about employers taking temperatures. We're expecting them to do this,” DeWine said on Twitter.

If not possible, DeWine asked employers to require workers to check their own temperatures before going to work, and anyone who has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher should self-quarantine with members of their house.

“The temperature check is not perfect but is one way to screen out employees who may be sick,” DeWine added. “We’re taking this one step at a time. If we find that we can’t get employers to take temperatures, we’ll have to go to the next stage and close everything down unless it’s essential.”

— The Center Square contributed to this report.