Family Healthcare Network in Visalia reports a significant increase in calls from people suffering from asthma or sinus-related illnesses. Kaweah Delta Healthcare District says they expect about a 10% increase in people coming into the emergency room for heat-related problems. Emergency Services Dr. Jerry Jacobson says most people are trying to stay safe.
Dr. Jerry Jacobson says, "People are becoming educated. They're doing the proper things to keep them from getting worse."
The city of Visalia has opened up the Transit Center to help residents stay cool. Monday afternoon, people were already taking advantage of the air conditioning. Visalia Fire Department officials say they expect to respond to more dehydration and heart attack calls this week.
Battalion Chief Charlie Norman says, "Anytime we have these high temperatures, especially when people don't have the chance to acclimatize we'll get a lot of these people generally working out in the sun and again we have to watch out for the senior and youthful population."
Meteorologist Steve Mendenhall says, "I think the biggest thing is that people have to realize that even though you are used to the valley heat, when you get above 105 degrees it is more oppressive and you should really try to limit your activities more, if possible."