August 02, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Heat-Related Illness Continues to Rise

With a National Weather Service heat advisory in effect in Greene County until 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 2, the following is an update on local and statewide heat-related illness totals.

In Greene County, there have been at least 178 cases of heat-related illnesses in local emergency rooms from June 1 through Wednesday, Aug. 1. Of those, 43 were admitted to hospitals. Statewide, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has confirmed reports of 1,034 heat-related emergency department visits from May 1, 2012 through Aug. 1, 2012, including 28 deaths related to the heat. No deaths related to heat have been confirmed in Greene County. The spike in local cases since the last update earlier this week is due to a backlog in reported cases coming from hospitals.

Today is the 20th day this summer that Greene County has been under a NWS heat advisory. The latest local heat-related illness totals, as well as information about the signs and symptoms of heat illness and safety tips, are available online at: http://health.springfieldmo.gov/heat

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