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With rising heat, local health officials urge public to stay hydrated

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 18:49:06-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Temperatures are on the rise in the Kansas City area and as we enter summer, it’s important to know about resources and how to stay cool when out in the heat.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing a mask in the heat can increase your risk for dehydration, according to Dr. Tom Hindsley with Truman Medical Center.

But Dr. Hindsley still recommends wearing a mask in order to protect yourself and others from the virus, specifically those in close quarters.

"I would definitely make sure to take some sort of hydration with you. If you’re not taking anything else make sure you take something to hydrate a lot," Hindsley said.

"People who have lung conditions especially are at a higher risk of problems with things like the tear gas we’ve heard about, so if you have other health problems you should be staying away from those kinds of situations," Hindsley added.

41 Action News spoke to KC Parks to find out about cooling centers in the area.

Southeast Community Center and the Gregg/Klice Community Center are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Brush Creek, Garrison, Hillcrest, Kansas City North, Line Creek, Marlborough, Tony Agguire, Westport Roanoke community centers are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.