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Niagara Falls air base begins taking temps at front gate

Everyone attempting to enter the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station must pass a temperature check, the commanders of the base's two main units announced Monday.

Last week, everyone at the base was ordered to begin wearing masks if they couldn't stay 6 feet apart.

The no-touch thermometers will be wielded by members of the Aeromedical Staging Squadron of the 914th Attack Wing, wearing full protective gear. Any military member with a fever will be asked to leave, inform their supervisor, self-isolate at home and seek medical attention.

"We are the largest employer in Niagara County, and we must continue our mission while minimizing the risk of spreading infection," said Lt. Col. Shelley Durante, commander of the Aeromedical Staging Squadron.

"We can't complete our mission if we don't do everything possible to prevent the spread of Covid-19," said Col. Mark Larson, commander of the 914th Air Fueling Wing.

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