High temperatures that have hit the area this week are showing no signs of letting up.
The Springfield Regional Medical Center ER usually sees around 200 visits per day. But during this week’s heat wave, they have seen an increase of around 30 visits per day, according to Dr. Travis Ulmer, director of Emergency Medicine.
No one has been admitted for heat-specific illnesses, but Ulmer suspects that the heat could be a factor in contributing to the severity of the issues of those visiting the ER.
Ulmer also urges people stay consistently hydrated and manage their activity levels when outside, especially during the hottest part of the day. He also said people should stay indoors as much as possible and should only go outside if necessary.
The Champaign Health District is encouraging all residents to do the following things to help prevent heat-related emergencies:
- Drink plenty of water and other other non-alcoholic fluids,
- Decrease physical activities outdoors
- Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing
- Eat light meals
- Cool down with showers, baths and recreational swimming
- Adjust blinds, shades and awnings to keep out of the sun
- Use a circulating fan but do not sit directly in front of it, as this can lead to dehydration
- Check on neighbors, especially if they are elderly
- Don’t leave children and pets unattended in a car.
If the situation would worsen or Champaign County would develop widespread power outages, the county would open cooling stations, according to a press release from the Champaign Health District.
The National Weather Service heat advisory is still in effect until 9 p.m. on Friday. Highs will remain in the in the 90s today, and temperatures are expected to cool through the weekend with scattered thunderstorms expected on Saturday.