Cooling Zones 2020
Glenn County, CA – The heat is returning to the north state this week. Extended heat waves can affect one’s health. It is important to be able to cool off periodically during an extended heat wave.
Public buildings provide respite from the high heat. A cool zone is a location to get out of the heat for a period of time to let your body cool down. Cool zone facilities may include libraries, community centers, and senior centers. Cool zones do not offer snacks or water, only air conditioned facilities. Cool zones are limited this year due to COVID-19. Glenn County has two locations available for public access for cooling:
- Orland Library 333 Mill St. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (effective 6/22/20)
- Glenn County HHSA – Public Health lobby 240 N Villa Ave. Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cool zones will follow guidelines for physical distancing and increased hygiene during COVID-19. Residents are asked not to enter the cool zone building if they are ill and are asked to wear a mask. Masks will be available to those seeking refuge from the heat at the cool zones who do not have a mask.
The City of Orland has reopened the splash pad and will be reopening the city pool next week. Both are great options for cooling off during the hot summer days.
Additional tips to protect you and your family from the effects of extended high heat event:
- Drink plenty of water – Drink water throughout the day, even when you are not thirsty and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Stay cool indoors – Complete outdoor activities in the morning or evening and go indoors to air conditioned buildings during the heat of the day.
- Pace yourself and wear appropriate clothes and sunscreen when outdoors.
- Check on your neighbors and family – The heat is very hard on the elderly and those with medical conditions. Be sure to check on your loved ones and neighbors to ensure they have access to a place to cool down and are coping with the extreme heat.
- Don’t forget your pets – The high heat is hard on your pets. Ensure they have access to shade and plenty of water. Bring them indoors to cool down. Never leave your pets in a car when it is hot.
For more information, contact the Glenn County Public Health at 934-6588 or Glenn County Sheriff’s Office – OES 934-6441, email us at COVID@countyofglenn.net , visit our website: www.countyofglenn.net/OES or access us on Facebook at Glenn County Sheriff’s Office