St. Augustine to distribute 600 thermometers as part of pilot project for monitoring community health

Project to provide real-time temperature data that will allow public health officials to monitor, predict & respond to changes in fever data

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The City of St. Augustine, in collaboration with Kinsa, Inc., is developing a pilot project to provide real-time temperature data that will allow public health officials to monitor, predict and respond to changes in fever data with the presence of the new coronavirus in the city.

Implementation of the pilot project plan includes the distribution of 600 thermometers to voluntary households, prioritizing households of first responders most likely in contact with the virus, large-member households and family households in underserved communities that might delay seeking care and treatment.

The data collected and analyzed will serve to identify temperature spikes, which in turn would lead to data-driven testing, quarantine and other health measures where most needed. The data will also facilitate target messaging to affected neighborhoods and the evaluation of the efficacy of municipal administrative orders aimed at controlling and combating the coronavirus pandemic.

The project is intended to be initiated by April 22.

VIEW | Written project plan

Kinsa -- a public health company dedicated to providing the knowledge, guidance and tools -- has created an internet-connected thermometer that allows it to anonymously collect and aggregate fever data. Kinsa has distributed over 1 million thermometers in homes across the country.

For additional information, visit the city’s website at www.CityStAug.com.

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