Thermal scanner placed at Sherwood Park seniors home to detect COVID-19

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EDMONTON — A new scanner could be coming to some Alberta seniors’ homes to help protect residents from people who might be carrying infectious diseases.

A thermal scanner has been placed at Aster Gardens in Sherwood Park, the first of its kind in Canada. It’s a piece of technology manufactured by Calgary-based Connectus, originally designed to help pro-sports teams screen personnel.

“It would allow us to do a much more thorough scan and recognize who might be asymptomatic, or may not know they are carrying the disease to be identified,” Karen Fitzgerald, general manager of Aster Gardens, said.

According to Fitzgerald, for every person who goes through the device it works out to be roughly $1.50 per person to operate.

“COVID-19 has hit the seniors the hardest,” she said.

“We have to be diligent and do everything we can to keep them safe.”

A resident of Aster Gardens, Eugenia Stocki moved into the facility on March 26 with her husband Forest. She said “it’s very good” to have the state of the art technology in the building.

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