July 24, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Heat Illness Total Continues to Rise

With a National Weather Service heat advisory in effect through 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, the totals for heat-related illness in Greene County and Missouri continue to rise.

In Greene County, there have been at least 132 cases of heat-related illnesses in local emergency rooms from June 1 through last Friday, July 20. Of those, 33 were admitted to hospitals. Statewide, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has confirmed reports of 866 heat-related emergency department visits from May 1, 2012 through July 23, 2012, including 25 deaths related to the heat. No deaths related to heat have been confirmed in Greene County. Of the 133 cases recorded locally, 92 people were Greene County residents and the total age range spans from 5 to 96 years old.

Wednesday will be the fourteenth day this summer that Greene County has been under a NWS heat advisory.

This weekend the ongoing heat wave will coincide with a popular Ozarks tradition – the 76th annual Ozark Empire Fair. Fairgoers should keep heat precautions in mind while enjoying the festivities by following some of these tips:

Elsewhere in Springfield, the following locations continue to serve as designated public cooling centers during each building's normal business hours during the heat advisory through Wednesday:

Cooling centers are open to the public and meant to provide relief for those who otherwise do not have access to an air-conditioned environment. Other public services affected by the high heat include:

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Harold K. Bengsch Building

227 E. Chestnut Expwy. • Springfield, MO 65802
417-864-1658 • health.springfieldmo.gov