Last May in a letter to the editor the author suggested a Mobile COVID Clinic for Bourne.

Currently back-to-school options of a face mask and spacing for COVID protection are being considered. But variants are seen to be more contagious.

The aim would be a proactive way to help manage the COVID threat to schools and municipal workers. First and foremost is the need for testing and developing a historical database. The data would include test results, vaccination status, underlying health factors and exposure factors.

The Bourne school population is about 2,000 students, so a capability of 500 tests per day would support complete weekly testing. In this way we could “follow the science” and base decisions and choices on data as time goes by.

However, a smaller effort may be effective, using an automated body temperature measurement where a person momentarily steps in front of the sensor. The body temperature is a key symptom indicator commonly used by medical facilities. This real-time test could be done daily for all.

Should a temperature rise be found, then that person would be given a rapid antigen detection test with results in several minutes. The scale of the testing could also be limited to the unvaccinated and others with underlying health factors. The number of tests per day would be markedly reduced.

Philip Levine

Harbor Hill Drive

Bourne

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