PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

8/14/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 081420
Subject:
Cooling Centers Available at Five City Sites
Cooling Centers Will be Available Throughout the Weekend; COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be in Effect
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.INFO
jic@longbeach.gov





With high temperatures forecasted today and throughout the weekend, Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has activated five air-conditioned Cooling Centers throughout Long Beach.

Cooling Centers will be located in park community centers, listed below, noon to 6 p.m. from today, August 14 through August 16:
  • Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave.)
  • Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave.)
  • Long Beach Senior Center (1150 East 4th St.)
  • McBride Park (1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.)
  • Recreation Park (4900 East 7th St.) 
All centers will operate in compliance with the ‘Safer at Home’ health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Health screenings, temperature checks, physical distancing and face coverings will be required.

During high temperatures, people should remember to: 
  • Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during and after outdoor activities.
  • Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light clothing; wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears and neck if you’ll be outside.
  • Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours.
  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol.
  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat.
  • Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually.
  • Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts.
  • Check on frail, elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat.
  • Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid.
  • Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight.
  • Take care of pets! Make sure they have plenty of shade and water to drink; walk dogs when the temperature is cooler.
  • Continue to follow the City’s masking, physical distancing and gathering recommendations outlined in the Safer at Home Order.
More tips to avoid heat illness and injuries are available on the Health Department’s website. Media inquiries can be directed to the City of Long Beach Joint Information Center at 562.570.NEWS or jic@longbeach.gov.

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