There’s a lot of talk right now about how to contact trace when someone in your organization (school, office, etcetera) tests positive for COVID-19. Are there privacy issues? Are there errors? Is this kind of work reasonable and foolproof? The answers to these questions range, depending on who is giving the answers.

As a company already dealing with building systems, we are quickly helping our customers adapt to the current culture and needs. As we continue to learn more and evolve, some of the issues we are currently dealing with include:

Can we tie contact tracing into our access control system (i.e., keycards).

The answer is simply yes. When an employee tests positive and is not due back to work for a period of time after a negative test, their card access can easily be paused. Should an employer or building manager wish to block access to those who have come into contact with that employee, that can also be done.

Let’s talk about communication.

Yes, we can do all of this. We can block those who are regularly able to enter your building if they’ve tested positive or come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. But keep in mind you do not want a funnel of people trying to enter a building and have any surprises.

If a person does not know they have come into contact with a person who has tested positive, they may tend to become upset at the access point, causing a backlog of people trying to get to work.

Our recommendation is to have a clear set of protocols and a communication plan in progress. Employees should report any positive testing of them or their family members, and the employer will then need a system to let those in contact know the situation and that their card key may also not allow access at this point.

How else can this type of system be used?

We’ve shared with you before our new Screener Ti system for automatic thermal temperature checks. This system can easily be tied into your card access system, your turnstile entries or your elevator access scanners.

When it comes to public health and the safety of our workforce, we can collaborate with you to be sure you are working within guidelines and keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Reducing risk. That’s the goal.

While there are no guarantees that restricting building access or checking temperatures will keep everyone safe, the goal is to minimize risk and maximize the opportunity for a safe environment. As a partner to our customers, working toward a common goal – safety – is what we aim to accomplish.

We’re happy to help your business figure out what to do next. Visit our contact page and reach out for advice. We promise to find the information you need.