Clay County Hospital will serve as a cooling center during the extreme heat.
During the extreme heat, the Clay County Hospital’s front lobby doors will be open from 7:00am until midnight and water and iced tea will be served for free during cafeteria hours. During extremely hot weather, the human body’s ability to cool itself down is challenged, causing many to suffer a heat-related illness.
The Clay County Hospital encourages all residents to be aware of the symptoms of a heat stroke and how to avoid having a heat stroke. They suggest staying away from sugary or alcoholic beverages, but stay hydrated, stay in air conditioning, avoid spending an abundance of time in the direct sunlight, wear loose fitting clothing, and never leave children or pets in a vehicle. They also encourage that you check on friends and family members that are most at risk for a heat-related illness. This includes infants, young children, those over age 65, those who are overweight, individuals that overexert at work or while exercising, and those who are physically ill or taking medications for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation. Although, anyone can suffer a heat-related illness.
If you or someone near you suffers a heat related illness, call 911.