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Several Lane County cooling centers to reopen for extreme heat

The Eugene Public Library Downtown branch will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Posted: Aug 9, 2021 7:48 PM
Updated: Aug 9, 2021 9:42 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- To combat the extreme heat, Lane County will bring back a few of their cooling center locations.

For the full list of cool list of cooling center locations in the county, CLICK HERE.

The Eugene Public Library Downtown branch will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Both Sheldon and Bethel branches will be open as well.

For Springfield, they will host a cooling center at City Hall. In addition to that site, the Bob Keefer Center and the Willamalane Adult Activity Center will also offer a space to cool off.

People in the area said the cooling centers are a necessity with the high temperatures. ​

“I just hope a lot of people get to find out about the cooling centers and take advantage of them because I know we had a bad death rate certainly in Portland last time,” Eugene resident Sherri McCutchen said. “It’s bad enough with COVID. We don’t need people dying of the heat too.”

Several organizations including the Oregon Health Authority are encouraging Oregonians to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, take advantage of cooling centers and check in with neighbors, friends and loved ones

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