July 30, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Heat-Related Illness Continues to Rise

With a National Weather Service heat advisory in effect in Greene County through 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, here is an update on local and statewide heat-related illness totals.

In Greene County, there have been at least 147 cases of heat-related illnesses in local emergency rooms from June 1 through last Friday, July 27. Of those, 38 were admitted to hospitals. Statewide, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has confirmed reports of 962 heat-related emergency department visits from May 1, 2012 through July 27, 2012, including 27 deaths related to the heat. No deaths related to heat have been confirmed in Greene County. Of the 147 cases recorded locally, 104 people were Greene County residents and the total age range spans from 5 to 96 years old.

Tuesday will be the 18th day this summer that Greene County has been under a NWS heat advisory.

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 Tuesday:

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