Jul 31, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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British Columbia is preparing for another heat wave this weekend by opening more cooling centres and redeploying health-care workers.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says more staff is being shifted to emergency rooms, while work continues to keep hospitals cool and ensure that people in long-term care facilities are kept hydrated.

He says managers have stepped up to work in hospital ERs to make sure people who need immediate medical attention are admitted as quickly as possible.

And citizens are being urged to “step up” by checking on isolated people including seniors and those living with chronic conditions.

Dix also says jobs are being posted for 85 paramedics and 30 dispatchers following complaints of 911 callers waiting for hours late last month, when the B.C. Coroners Service recorded 570 deaths due to extreme temperatures.

One more thing the province is doing as temperatures rise is opening civic centres so people can escape to a cool place.

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