Health centers see no significant rise in heat-related ills

By on July 19, 2019

Much of the U.S. is sweating in the summer swelter. (NWS, Morehead City)

With temperatures here reaching into the 90’s this weekend, heat index values stretching into triple digits and a heat advisory in effect, concerns grow about the possible effect of the oppressive heat on human health.

So far, however, the news is good from the emergency rooms and urgent care centers in Dare County.

“The Outer Banks Hospital and Urgent Care Centers have not seen a significant increase in heat- related illnesses,” a spokesperson from the hospital told the Voice. “Observing safety precautions during these days of extreme summer heat are highly advised.”

Amanda Williams, RN, FNP of The Outer Banks Hospital Urgent Care Center in Nags Head, counsels that, “One of the most important items is to stay hydrated. The summer heat, sun, and salt air can dry you out so remember to drink plenty of water.”

She also recommends limiting outdoor work and exercise routines to early morning and evening when the temperatures are cooler. “Remember to check in on older adults, young children, and those who are sick or unable to care for themselves,” she added. “Those are the folks who are most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.”

And for what it’s worth, we’re not exactly alone in sweating through the swelter. The National Weather Service says that “Widespread warnings and advisories for the heat cover most of the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. Heat indices will surge past 100 degrees and even rise above 110 in many locations.”

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