Extreme heat is a major public health concern in California. Exposure to extreme heat can cause a variety of health problems, including heat stroke and death. Cooling Centers (a cool site or air-conditioned facility designed to provide relief and protection during extreme heat) are used by many communities to protect health during heat events. Even as vaccination coverage increases, prevention measures are still necessary as the use of Cooling Centers can potentially become settings for increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 among both visitors and staff. In addition, groups of people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, such as older adults or those with underlying medical conditions, may have the need to congregate at Cooling Centers. This document provides guidance to support a safe, clean environment for members of the public and workers at facilities operated as Cooling Centers.
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