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Continued: Holiday is over, but heat isn’t

A spokeswoman at Regions Hospital in St. Paul said that two patients were admitted to the emergency room by noon.

Park Nicollet saw a “definite increase” in the number of people seeking care at its six Twin Cities centers, but “nothing really serious,”  spokesman Jeremiah Whitten said.

Several hospitals in the HealthEast system treated patients for heat-related problems but were not as busy as in recent days, spokeswoman Jodi Ritacca said. 

Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis has treated nine patients with heat-related problems in the past two days, said Dr. Stephen Smith. The  emergency staff physician was advising people to stay in an air-conditioned place.

“If you have to go out, don’t go out for long,” he said. “If you have to exert yourself, be careful, and if you start to feel weak or dizzy, then quickly find a cool place, especially if you are active. Your temperature can rise quickly.”

He also advised runners to not run in the excessive heat.

“I am a runner, and I would not go out in this weather,” he said. • 612-673-4224 • 612-673-7335

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