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Local doctors seeing increase in heat-related illness

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With feels like temperatures near the century mark through most of the week, it's important to stay safe.

Blessing Hospital emergency room doctor Chris Solaro says he has seen patients with heat-related illness the last few days, especially those working in this extreme heat like roofers and construction workers.

It's important to drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids and take frequent breaks.

But how do you recognize heat related illness in other people?

"The outward signs would be increased thirst, flushed face, elevated body temperature, they're going to feel quite warm to the touch and they may actually stop sweating. And they may be confused," said Dr. Solaro.

Quincy Director of Administrative Services, Glenda Hackemack, and the West Central Area Agency on Aging want to remind everyone to check on their neighbors and especially the elderly during this period of extreme heat.

For those without air conditioning it is suggested to seek temporary relief from the heat at the Senior Center, Kroc Center and the Salvation Army Family Services Office, Quincy Public Library or the Quincy Mall during their normal business hours. 

Several Tri-State schools are also dismissing early. For a full list, click here.

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