For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 04, 2020
Three Cooling Centers to open in Marin for relief Sunday and Monday
San Rafael, CA – With predicted triple-digit temperatures over the next few days, the California State Warning Center has issued a statewide excessive heat warning through Monday, September 7. These conditions could also increase the possibility of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) early next week.
In response, three Cooling Centers will open in Marin County on Sunday and Monday (Sept 6 and 7) from 3pm to 7pm to offer residents some relief.
Safety protocols will be in place at each cooling center site to prevent transmission of COVID-19 among both visitors and staff. Measures include COVID-19 screening, use of masks or face coverings, physical distancing between individuals or household units, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and lowering capacity limits of the building. Individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath), should contact their medical provider instead of visiting a Cooling Center.
Those most vulnerable to extreme heat include older adults, people with chronic medical conditions or mental health conditions and the socially isolated. Vulnerable residents do not need to be a resident of the city cooling center location. Service animals will be welcome.
"Marin County residents living in affected areas should find relief from high outdoor temperatures," said Dr. Lisa Santora, the County’s Deputy Public Health Officer. "We urge people to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illness and to take common sense measures to stay cool and healthy during extreme temperatures."
During this heat wave, residents should take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects for heat-related illnesses. Marin Health and Human Services suggests the following tips to stay cool and safe:
Heat-related illness is a spectrum of disorders due to environmental factors, specifically heat exposure.
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION
WHAT TO DO IF EXPERIENCING HEAT EXHAUSTION
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE
WHAT TO DO IF EXPERIENCING HEAT STROKE
Dr. Lisa SantoraDeputy Public Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Lisa SantoraMarin HHS website