EUGENE, Ore. — We beat several high temperature records in our area this weekend, leaving many community members scrambling to find ways to stay cool amid a pandemic.
Many residents chose to cool down at swimming holes and by floating the river. Others have opted for finding a shaded spot to have a picnic or to catch up on a good book.
Community members told KEZI 9 News they are working on finding new ways to balance safety while getting outside.
“We always have our water bottles with us to make sure we stay hydrated all day,” Eugene resident Lisa McVay said. “We actually add a pinch of sea salt to stay hydrated, and that adds in electrolytes. We are taking advantage of a little bit of shade and breeze at the park right now, but we’ve got the AC running at home.”
McVay said her family is very conscious when it comes to taking outings, so they usually just create their own activities at home.
“We have a hose, water balloons and sprinklers at home,” McVay said. “So we fill up the little baby pool, the girls do water balloons and we have the sprinkler going. That's the way we stay safe and stay cool at the same time.”
The Oregon Health Authority suggests wearing a light-colored mask and clothing as temperatures stay hot.
It is also important to stay hydrated and drink water, even when you are not thirsty.