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Dealing with the Las Vegas heat and staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 9:40 PM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 01:08:07-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Today is the hottest day of the year so far and while staying indoors is recommended, that is not an option for everybody.

Some people may consider going to public places to cool down, like splash pads and community pools.

While it may help with the heat, COVID-19 is still something to consider if you’re thinking about going out.

Problems with home air conditioning or no money to pay for it is something that many families may be dealing with due to lack of work and unemployment issues currently.

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This is something that UNLV assistant professor, Brian Labus is aware of.

“Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do about it. Normally we would just tell people to go to the pool or do things indoors, but those aren't really an option right now because of the outbreak that we’re facing. So a lot of people are going to be very miserable next week as it continues with these elevated temperatures”, said Labus.

Indoors or outdoors, your safety is very important.

“Whether it is hot or not, we’re still making the same recommendations about coronavirus. You shouldn’t be going into those situations where there’s a lot of people close together. If you have to go in public, make sure that you do maintain your distance and wear a mask when you’re in public so you reduce the risk of exposing other people if you’re infected. And if you are out in the heat, make sure you drink plenty of water, don’t get dehydrated and do the best you can to stay in the shade and cool off whenever possible”, Labus says.

Due to the excessive heat that we're currently feeling in the region, cooling stations have opened across the valley.

According to the Clark County Office of Public Communications, you can find them at these locations:

SHARE Village Las Vegas
50 N. 21ST Street, Las Vegas, 89101
Phone: (702) 222-1680
Hours: 8:00-9:00 am, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
*hydration only

Downtown Recreation Center
105 W. Basic Road, Henderson, 89015
Phone: (702) 267-4040
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm

The Salvation Army Mesquite
742 Pioneer Boulevard, Suite D, Mesquite. 89027
Phone: (702) 345-5116
Hours: 8:00am - 3:00pm