STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Bassett Hospital prepared for possible influx of heat-related illness cases

Dr. Mark Winther, Chief of Emergency and Trauma Services at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, offers up some tips for people attending this weekend's Hall of Fame festivities to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Posted: Jul 20, 2019 12:06 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2019 12:17 PM

Cooperstown, N.Y. - Dr. Mark Winther, Chief of Emergency and Trauma Services at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, says the emergency department at Bassett is fully staffed and ready for a possible influx of patients suffering from heat-related illnesses.

Dr. Winther says with people waiting for hours out in this oppressive heat for today's Hall of Fame INduction Weekend Parade of Champions, he expects to see some people overcome by the conditions, "We have the emergency department which we staffed up there, we also have an urgent care that is after hours so we stepped up that as well in preparation.”

Dr. Winther says there are some precautions so you can help make sure you do not suffer from heat-related illnesses, “Shade is quite important and when you’re out in the heat it’s going to be challenging. Loose clothing is important, hydration is important, hats and sometimes even shade like umbrellas.”

Dr. Winther says you should be looking out for signs you may be suffering from the heat, "The most common sign would be fatigue and headache and then warm skin." He says most people will suffer from heat exhaustion, but some have escalated conditions that lead to heat stroke, "Heat exhaustion is relatively benign. It’s something with hydration and cooling you’ll do well. Heat stroke, that could be potentially deadly and that is something that we have to be very aggressive in cooling."

Dr. Winther do not take this heat lightly, it is very dangerous, and if you have an infant, keep them at home as these conditions are especially dangerous for them and also keep an eye on any seniors that you are attending this weekend's festivities with, as they too are very vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 620199

Reported Deaths: 34443
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens878187349
Kings866287495
Bronx623785027
Nassau585672248
Suffolk585622045
Westchester484411510
New York437473224
Erie23071779
Richmond219511122
Rockland21111692
Orange16405517
Monroe13817313
Onondaga10024222
Dutchess6930186
Albany5426148
Broome5143138
Oneida4515147
Niagara3445105
Ulster318098
Chemung287234
Putnam261564
Schenectady228356
Sullivan213748
Saratoga208919
Steuben167887
Rensselaer162551
Chautauqua148016
Oswego14056
Ontario120237
Tioga108048
Wayne105212
Tompkins10000
Cattaraugus99726
Columbia98856
Cortland9572
Allegany93052
Genesee8909
Madison87818
Cayuga7948
St. Lawrence7439
Greene66118
Livingston6559
Herkimer63112
Chenango60510
Orleans59856
Otsego5878
Warren56935
Wyoming4995
Jefferson4873
Fulton47828
Montgomery46016
Clinton4435
Washington43914
Lewis3379
Delaware3369
Schuyler2893
Essex27514
Seneca2695
Franklin2557
Yates2477
Schoharie1832
Hamilton421
Out of NY0120
Unassigned024
Utica
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 44°
Oneonta
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 43°
Herkimer
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 44°
Thendara
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 44°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Stuff the Bus Locations
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve