Mayor's Office of Youth and Families Partners with Kinsa to Distribute 25,000 Thermometers

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June 25, 2020

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Mayor's Office of Youth and Families Partners with Kinsa

to Distribute 25,000 Thermometers

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today announced a partnership with Kinsa, a healthcare technology company, to distribute 25,000 smart thermometers in New Orleans. The Mayor's Office of Youth and Families will distribute the thermometers to over 125 sites throughout the city, including schools, Head Start and early learning centers, senior living centers, housing developments and non-profit organizations who serve vulnerable communities.


"As the City of New Orleans continues to navigate our way through this pandemic, we know that quick detection of positive cases is critical to slowing the spread," said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. "We have seen that eighty percent of cases are spread by only twenty percent of infected people; we all have a responsibility to take care of ourselves to protect others. Thanks to our Office of Youth and Families and Kinsa, many of our schools, child care centers, senior centers and so many more will have the tools to catch the signs of COVID-19 swiftly and accurately."


“An early warning system is essential infrastructure for our country to help identify, react to and contain outbreaks," says Inder Singh, founder and CEO of Kinsa. "Aggregate information from Kinsa's smart thermometers acts as a flashlight, highlighting a geography experiencing an outbreak and giving decision makers the knowledge needed to appropriately allocate supplies and manpower to the areas most in need. This immediate intervention will save both livelihoods and lives, and we are thrilled to work with Mayor Cantrell to distribute more thermometers that will help detect and stop the spread of COVID-19 in New Orleans."


About the Mayor's Office of Youth and Families


The Office of Youth and Families was conceived to support systems-level change for vulnerable youth and families. To accomplish this goal, the Office of Youth and Families provides oversight and support for the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center (JJIC), the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission (NORDC), and New Orleans Public Libraries (NOPL) because no single agency or department can tackle the complex issues faced by New Orleans youth and families. More information can be found at 


About Kinsa


Kinsa’s mission is to help individuals and communities stop the spread of infectious illness. To achieve this mission, Kinsa has built a communication network that connects more than a million users with a free app, email alerts, and the first device used when illness is suspected -- a thermometer. Kinsa studies the unique features of an illness and incorporates what’s circulating nearby to offer personalized guidance from symptom onset through recovery. By analyzing geographic illness trends, Kinsa quickly identifies at-risk areas and mobilizes the organizations that can help stop the spread. Kinsa was awarded the Grand Prize in Medical Innovation by the Cleveland Clinic, and is available in over 8,000 retail locations in the U.S. Kinsa was founded in 2012 by Inder Singh, former EVP of The Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative.



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