UPDATED: Boys & Girls Clubs Implementing Mandatory Temperature Checks, After Child Tests Positive For COVID-19

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MARLBOROUGH – After a child tested positive for the Coronavirus, the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest will begin mandatory temperature checks at drop-off for its summer program.

“We have a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in our program,” wrote Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest Child care Director Barbara Tolland to parents yesterday, July 5.

“The child that is affected was only in our program for one day last week, Tuesday the 30th of June. They were very good about wearing their masks at all times in our program.  This child is not showing any symptoms and was tested because they came in close contact with someone outside of our program that tested positive,” wrote Tolland to parents.

“Safety is the number one priority of Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, and we are doing everything possible to keep children and staff protected from the COVID-19 virus. On July 5th, we learned that a Club member at our Kane School site tested positive for COVID-19. We understand that this member’s
exposure was not at the program. BGCMW is collaborating with Marlborough Public Health Department and EEC’s recommendations to privately inform anyone determined to have been in close contact with
this member. This individual has not been in the program since June 30th and the children in that group will not be back in the program until the required quarantine period is complete,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest President Chris Duane.

“I know that this sounds scary but this is why we have very strict guidelines as to how we can group children and prevent intermingling of groups and staff,” wrote Tolland to parents.

“We are going to implement mandatory temperature checks at drop off for each child and staff member as we move forward starting tomorrow Monday July 6,” announced the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest.

“We continue to work with local public health officials and are taking all precautionary measures regarding deep cleaning and sanitizing of facilities to ensure the safety of members and staff. As always, we remain committed to our Club kids, their families and our community,” said Duane.

“We will continue to be diligent and encourage social distancing and mandatory mask wearing for all staff. We do encourage you to stress to your child the importance of wearing a mask if they are able to,” concluded Tolland in her email to parents.


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