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Oakland Co. providing free COVID-19 screening software to restaurants, schools for contact tracing

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 11:34:47-05

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Oakland County plans to provide free screening software to local restaurants and public schools in the county to help with safety protocols and contact tracing.

The county’s Department of Economic Development has contracted with Rochester-based software developer Clear To Go! for its software and app that helps ensure anyone who enters a building is healthy and adheres to current health protocols.

The county is paying between $500,000-$750,000 for the cost of the software using federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding passed at the end of 2020. The contract runs through June.

“One of the challenges for restaurants, schools and businesses is screening clients, students or employees and then keeping track of the all the data,” County Executive David Coulter said. “This software allows our schools, businesses and restaurants to stay safe, run more efficiently and be less intrusive for everyone.”

According to a published description of the process, employees, guests or students who enter a location are screened with the Clear To Go! iOS, Android or SMS app using a configurable set of key COVID-19 health-related questions and optional temperature check. Once the individual is cleared, the information then is linked to a Clear To Go! badge allowing that person to work onsite until the next required screening period.

If an employee or guest fails the screening, Clear To Go!’s case management tool provides early warning detection and a central point to ensure an employer’s established processes and protocols are followed, and then tracks all documents and communications from a human resources perspective.