Spike in heat-illnesses seen with return to summertime temperatures


We’ve had a late start to the heat and humidity this summer.  But, we can all feel it now.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says, locally, 35 people have been treated at hospitals this summer for heat related illnesses. Ten of those incidents took place since last week.  Of that number, officials say, three were hospitalized.  There have been no heat-related fatalities this season.

In hopes of keeping those numbers low, health officials are reminding all of us to drink plenty of water, avoid the hottest parts of the day, and to stay in the shade or indoors if and when we can.  Everyone is also advised to care for pets during the hot weather.