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August 14, 2020

Salt Lake County Reopens Cooling Centers During Expected Heat Wave

Gabriel Moreno - Email

Centers will enforce social distancing and the county’s face covering requirement.

(SALT LAKE COUNTY)—With high temperatures expected in the valley through next week, Salt Lake County is offering two cooling centers for residents and visitors who need a reprieve from the heat. Cooling centers are air-conditioned, indoor spaces open to the public; anyone seeking a break from the heat can visit to cool off, hydrate, and stay safe from heat-related illness.

The county encourages residents to look out for each other and check on neighbors, particularly those who are older or have chronic conditions, during periods of extreme heat.

The two cooling centers are:

Mountain America Expo Center
9575 South State Street, Sandy

Salt Palace Convention Center
100 South West Temple, Salt Lake City

The cooling centers are available Sunday, August 16, through Sunday, August 23, from noon to 7:00 p.m. each day. Parking is free, social distancing protocols will be enforced inside the facility and visitors are required to wear a face covering. People with symptoms of illness should refrain from coming to the facilities.

Health officials encourage everyone, especially older adults, to exercise caution in excessive heat by following these tips:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear appropriate clothing; light-colored and lightweight fabrics work best.
  • Stay indoors during midday when outside temperatures are hottest, usually between
    noon and 3:00 p.m.
  • Take it easy, avoiding exercise and strenuous activity when it’s hottest outside.
  • Know the warning signs of heat-related illness, which include dizziness, nausea,
    rapid heart rate, chest pain and difficulty breathing.
  • Visit a cooling center if necessary.