Manatee County Encourages Residents to Avoid Heat Exposure During Fourth of July Weekend

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With local temperatures consistently in the 90s and heat indices above 100 degrees, Manatee County leaders are encouraging Manatee County residents and visitors to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and humidity, especially during the Fourth of July weekend. Extreme temperatures will be come combined with the Florida Surgeon General's advisory to wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 could be a dangerous mix for anyone who's outdoors for long stretches and not hydrating regularly. 

"Find air conditioning and try to stay there," said County Administrator Cheri Coryea. "If you’re outside, find shade, drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Heat exhaustion can happen quickly, so know the signs of heat-related illness."

Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, fainting, nausea and vomiting are all signs of heat exhaustion. If you're experiencing those symptoms, cool off quickly indoors or with a cool shower. Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.

Manatee County's public beaches will remain open for the Independence Day weekend and there will be additional law enforcement on Anna Maria Island to assist with the influx of residents and visitors to the Island during a busy holiday weekend. The County will place many more public port-a-lets near the public beaches and have them serviced daily during the holiday weekend. Trash will be removed more frequently from public beach areas during the weekend. 

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