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Medical experts talk water safety over Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 4:08 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 19:08:28-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching, and it's probably going to have a different feel than in the past.

But one thing that officials are expecting to remain the same is many attempting to beat the heat by spending the weekend in the water.

However, medical experts told 13 Action News they're more worried about drownings this year amid the pandemic than before.

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"Unfortunately, Memorial Day weekend is the time we end up seeing at least one drowning or near-drowning happen," said Jeanne Marsala, director of Safe Kids Coalition and Sunrise Children's Hospital.

Marsala says she wants to assure patients that Sunrise's emergency rooms are safe while the coronavirus pandemic continues. And if anything happens, this weekend, it's still best to rush your child to the hospital.

"We really want parents to know if their kids are sick or something is going on, they can feel safe to bring them in," Marsala said.

Officials urged everyone to wear a life jacket along with proper social distancing when at the beach or lake over the holiday weekend.

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