As more and more businesses are allowed to reopen amid the state's Stay-at-Home order and related shutdowns, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economics (DEED) has launched a Symptom Screener website that allows companies to track the health of employees.
All information is non-personal, so it simply allows a business to keep track of temperatures and symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough, muscle aches and shortness of breath.
The website is free and simply requires a business to register by entering a small amount of information. Entering a Minnesota tax ID is optional. Once registered, the website interface looks like this:
"The MN Symptom Screener tool provides organizations with a daily snapshot of the health indicators of people about to enter a facility or workplace, and it allows businesses and organizations to access anonymized reports that help identify health trends and shape the organization’s response," DEED's explanation of the tool says.
The website was developed by Minnesota IT Services and Target Corporation, which also announced on Wednesday it is selling Minnesota businesses no-touch thermometers for $51.49 (shipping included), with a limit of three thermometers per business.
The thermometers can be aimed at a person's forehead and within a second of touching a button it can tell if that individual has a fever.
Orders can be accepted through May 16, with delivery expected after May 15.
On Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz is expected to extend Minnesota's stay-at-home order from May 4 until May 14, although the order comes with loosened conditions in which more retailers are expected to be allowed to open for curbside pick-up and delivery.
Gov. Walz will address the state at 2 p.m.