NCDHHS Advises Caution During Hot Summer Months To Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses | Beaufort County Now | Prolonged exposure to heat can lead to dehydration, overheating, heat illness or even death.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Press Release:

    RALEIGH     Public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services advise employers, local health departments, emergency managers and residents to take precautions to protect their employees, constituents, pets and themselves from heat-related illness as temperatures across the state rise.

    Prolonged exposure to heat can lead to dehydration, overheating, heat illness or even death. The North Carolina Heat Report shows there were 1,042 emergency department visits for heat-related illness from May 1 to July 10. The most frequent heat-related diagnosis was for heat exhaustion. Visits to emergency departments frequently increase in correlation with spikes in the Heat Index. It is important to pay attention to the weather if spending time outside as working and recreation outdoors are common activities that precede heat-related illness in high temperatures.

    "Heat exhaustion and other illnesses are serious, and this is the time of year we start to see heat-related hospitalizations rise," said State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, M.D., MPH. "Be aware of the risks, pay attention to how you are feeling when you are outside and take steps to protect yourself."

    Patients presenting at emergency departments with heat-related illnesses are mostly male, ages 45 to 64, and most have been seen in hospitals in North Carolina's Piedmont and Coastal regions. Common activities noted in emergency department visits were working outdoors and recreation. The number of emergency departments visits for heat-related illness this year are similar to the summer of 2020.

    Symptoms of heat-related illness include muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, fainting, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Children, adults over 65, people without access to air conditioning and those with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable.

    To reduce the risk of heat-related illness:

  • Increase fluid intake
  • Take breaks in an air-conditioned shelter frequently if spending extended time outside
  • Reduce normal activity levels
  • Speak with your physician about how to stay safe if you take medicines that make you more vulnerable to heat, such as drugs for high blood pressure, migraines, allergies, muscle spasms, mental illness and tranquilizers
  • Check on neighbors, and if working outdoors, check on your co-workers
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, especially during warm or hot weather, as temperature levels inside a car can reach a lethal level in a matter of minutes

    Additionally, as emergency departments are seeing increased patients for heat-related illness, health officials continue to urge residents get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves and others and to reduce the chance of needing care at a hospital. Vaccinations are everywhere and easy to get. People can get a vaccine at no-cost to them and can find a location HERE.

    If you or someone you know experiences heat-related illness, move to a cool place, drink water, place cold cloths on the body and seek medical attention. Additionally, Operation Fan Heat Relief - a summer program intended to provide a more comfortable living environment and reduce heat related illnesses for older adults and adults with disabilities - runs through Oct. 31. For eligibility and details on how eligible residents can receive a fan, individuals may contact their Area Agency on Aging or the Division of Aging and Adult Services' Housing Program Consultant at 919-855-3419.

    For more information on how to prevent heat-related health issues, or to sign up to receive the weekly North Carolina Heat Report via email, go HERE.


  • NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • 2001 Mail Service Center
  • Raleigh, NC 27699-2001
  • Ph: (919) 855-4840
  • news@dhhs.nc.gov

Go Back

HbAD0

Latest Health and Fitness

Beaufort County Surveillance Data for October 12, 2021
Nearly all 10,000 employees at state-operated healthcare facilities are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and compliant with a mandatory vaccination requirement, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
You are receiving the attached message and email below from Beaufort County's EOC as a method of keeping you informed about our county's response to COVID-19.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services updated North Carolina county vaccination data from the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Indian Health Services and Federal Bureau of Prisons to reflect the county of residence for the person vaccinated.
North Carolina received more than $4.9 million federal funds for small rural hospitals in the state to provide COVID-19 testing and mitigation

HbAD1

COVID-19 Data Collected as of October 1, 2021
You are receiving the attached message and email below from Beaufort County's EOC as a method of keeping you informed about our county's response to COVID-19.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the selection of seven organizations to serve as Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disability Tailored Plans (Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans).
You are receiving the attached message and email below from Beaufort County's EOC as a method of keeping you informed about our county's response to COVID-19.
Vidant Health is a mission-driven organization with a strong, steadfast responsibility to serve and care for all of eastern North Carolina.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the state has surpassed 1,000 reported cases of hepatitis A associated with a national outbreak that began in April 2017.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is expanding the COVID-19 Community Health Worker program, bringing it statewide.

HbAD2

 
Back to Top