MORGANTON, N.C. — If you’ve been to the grocery store in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, you know how hard it is to get ahold of basic essentials -- even a simple thermometer.
The Burke County Medical Society and Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge have teamed up to offer free thermometers. While eight different schools are providing breakfasts and lunches, the medical groups will be there to make sure each family also gets a thermometer.
The community applauds the effort saying a person’s temperature can be one of the symptoms for COVID-19.
“They’re doing a lot to help people through all this,” grandfather Max Peters said. “Everything is very appreciated.”
“You know it helps the people, the sick people,” resident Chris Corpening said.
Mountain View Elementary launched the free thermometer giveaway Tuesday morning.
They have also been passing out lunches and breakfasts.
“I love helping children,” school employee Pam Andrews said. “They need it. I know they’re hungry. There’s a lot of hungry children here.”
The school district plans on offering hundreds of thermometers at other schools over the next week. The free thermometers, which families said are hard to find, will also be available at the Burke County Health Department.
“I appreciate them being out here, period,” mother Amanda Preece said. “Just feeding the kids and helping them out. I appreciate it.”
Burke County students have already received 32,000 free meals since last Monday.
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