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City of San Antonio opens cooling centers ahead of expected high temperatures

Metro Health issues Heat Advisory

SAN ANTONIO (April 7, 2021) The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is advising the community of forecasted high temperatures close to 100 degrees this Thursday and Friday.   

The City of San Antonio has opened cooling centers to provide respite from the high temperatures expected on April 8th and 9th. The cooling centers will observe COVID-19 precautions, including mandatory face coverings, screening, sanitation and social distancing guidelines. 

“With high temperatures forecasted for Thursday and Friday, please remember that excessive hear can pose a health threat.” says City Manager Erik Walsh. “The City of San Antonio is providing several community centers that follow strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure everyone’s safety. We encourage those who do not have a way to stay cool at home to visit these locations during the day.” 

Adults over 65, children under four, and people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, and those without access to air conditioning are at highest risk on days with high temperatures.  

Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions. Additionally, people are encouraged to call and check on their neighbors, friends or family members who may be at high risk and ensure access to heat relief and hydration. 

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible health effects. Warning signs of heat stroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Take note of the car’s description (including a license plate number) and call 911 or 207-SAPD immediately.  If regarding a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car’s window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.                                    

Community members can visit the Metro Health or the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management websites for a listing of cooling centers. Residents can also contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at visit www.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather.

City of San Antonio Cooling Centers April 8 9, 2021

Site NameAddressPhoneZip CodeDays and Times
Bazan Library2200 WEST COMMERCE STREET210.207.916078207Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carver Library3350 COMMERCE STREET EAST210.207.918078220Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Claude W. Black/Eastside MSC2805 East Commerce Street210.207.523378202Thur. – Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Collins Garden Library200 N PARK BLVD210.207.912078204Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Copernicus Community Center5303 LORD RD210.648.107278220Thur. – Fri. 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Cortez Library2803 HUNTER BOULEVARD210.207.913078224Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Frank Garrett Community Center1226 NW 18th ST210.207.170078207Thur. – Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Garza Community Center1450 MIRA VISTA210.207.727578237Thur. – Fri. 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Hamilton Community Center10700 NACOGDOCHES RD210.207.312178221Thur. 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Fri. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Harlandale Community Center7227 BRIAR PLACE210.207.309078221Thur. 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Fri. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Johnston Library6307 SUN VALLEY DRIVE210.207.924078227Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Melendrez Community Center5909 COMMERCE ST210.434.027778237Thur. 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Fri. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Miller’s Pond Community Center6175 OLD PEARSALL RD210.623.290078242Thur. 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Fri. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Mission Library3134 ROOSEVELT210.207.270478214Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Palm Heights Community Center1201 W MALONE AVE210.207.309978225Thur. – Fri. 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Pan American Library1122 WEST PYRON210.207.915078221Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
San Fernando Homeless Resource Hub319 W TRAVIS ST210.207.179978205Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Schaefer Library6322 US Hwy 87 E210.207.930078222Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
South Side Lions Community Center3100 HIAWATHA ST210.207.315578210Thur. – Fri. 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Library4618 THOUSAND OAKS210.207.919078233Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Westfall Library6111 ROSEDALE210.207.922078201Thur. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Woodard Community Center1011 LOCKE ST210.225.544578208Thur. 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Fri. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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  • Female workers, it increased 0.4 percentage points, from 28.1% to 28.5%.

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