Health centers see no significant rise in heat-related ills

By on July 19, 2019

Much of the U.S. is sweating in the summer swelter. (NWS, Morehead City)

With temperatures here reaching into the 90’s this weekend, heat index values stretching into triple digits and a heat advisory in effect, concerns grow about the possible effect of the oppressive heat on human health.

So far, however, the news is good from the emergency rooms and urgent care centers in Dare County.

“The Outer Banks Hospital and Urgent Care Centers have not seen a significant increase in heat- related illnesses,” a spokesperson from the hospital told the Voice. “Observing safety precautions during these days of extreme summer heat are highly advised.”

Amanda Williams, RN, FNP of The Outer Banks Hospital Urgent Care Center in Nags Head, counsels that, “One of the most important items is to stay hydrated. The summer heat, sun, and salt air can dry you out so remember to drink plenty of water.”

She also recommends limiting outdoor work and exercise routines to early morning and evening when the temperatures are cooler. “Remember to check in on older adults, young children, and those who are sick or unable to care for themselves,” she added. “Those are the folks who are most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.”

And for what it’s worth, we’re not exactly alone in sweating through the swelter. The National Weather Service says that “Widespread warnings and advisories for the heat cover most of the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. Heat indices will surge past 100 degrees and even rise above 110 in many locations.”

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12- Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 1/24/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from theWhiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi (alex.palagyi@ for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.


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