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City of Springfield to Open Cooling Centers

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris announced today that the City of Springfield will be opening Cooling Centers today, Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic locations and number of cooling centers have changed. Because of the limited access to buildings that are being utilized for feeding sites for Springfield Public Schools, Senior Centers are currently not opened, and Libraries having limited access, alternate sites will be opened. In addition, the Governors COVID-19 guidance limits the number of individuals who can gather indoors to twenty-five. These sites will accommodate the maximum (25) and residents should be able to socially distance. To access the sites, face coverings will be required. Staff will also be asking for names; phone numbers and address should in the unlikely event a participant needs to be contacted. The City of Springfield continues to practice an abundance of caution in adhering to recommended safe practices. Your patience is appreciated as we continue to combat this deadly COVID-19 virus.

Cooling Center Sites are:



Day & Hours


Mason Square Library, Community Room


765 State St, Spfld, MA 01109


Wednesday, July 29, 12noon-6pm



Kenefick Park (Fitness Center,


310 Plainfield St., Springfield, MA 01107


Wednesday, July 29, 12noon-6pm



Forest Park Conference Room (next to administration building) * (please tell attendant you are going to cooling center)




Wednesday, July 29, 12noon-6pm



Indian Orchard Citizens Council (Myrtle Park)


117 Main St., Indian Orchard 01151


Wednesday, July 29, 12noon-6pm



Clodo Concepcion (Greenleaf) Community Center


1187 ½ Parker St., Spfld, MA 01129


Wednesday, July 29, 12noon-6pm



South End Community Center



99 Marble St., Spfld, MA 01105



Wednesday, July 29, 12noon-6pm


Heat stress is a serious condition that poses a health threat to many people, particularly the elderly.  Heat stress places a strain on the body, and if the strain becomes too great, it can cause serious and permanent damage, even death. Preventive measures should be taken in order to avoid heat stress.

Certain medical conditions and prescription drugs can make you more vulnerable to heat stress. Those who have high blood pressure, diabetes, a weak or damaged heart, infection or fever, diarrhea, problems with circulation, skin diseases, sunburn, those who are overweight, or who have had a previous stroke are at a greater risk of falling victim to heat stress.  In addition, those who take medication for sleeplessness, high blood pressure, nervousness, depression, or poor circulation are also more susceptible to heat stress. If you fall into either of these categories, please consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Loss of appetite, lack of energy, fainting, and cramps are signs that you are losing the battle against heat.  Take the appropriate steps to protect yourself.

What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals.  Avoid using salt tables unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much as possible.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.  Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

Keep your four legged friends safely and comfortably at home during the extreme heat. 

  • Never leave an animal in a parked car.  Car rides can quickly turn deadly as the inside of a car can reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees in several minutes.
  • Bring outdoor animals into cooler areas of your home.  If they must stay outside, ensure they have protection from the sun.  A dog house does not provide relief or protection from the heat.  Access to plenty of shade and cool potable water is critical to their well-being.
  • Limit exercise to hours when the sun is down and take it easy or better yet, wait until the heat wave ends.  Pets are prone to heat exhaustion just like people.  In addition, hot asphalt can burn their feet.
  • Animals are susceptible to sunburn.  Be sure any topical sunscreen products you use are labeled for use on animals.
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