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Lexington cooling centers offer people relief from heat

Posted at 4:20 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 18:26:56-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Cooling centers around Lexington are opening their doors to those seeking shelter from this weekend’s heat.

The Catholic Action Center is also offering cold water, ice packs and sunscreen at their center and out of their Compassionate Caravan to help those exposed to the elements.

“These are items that can make a difference while folks are left outside,” said Ginny Ramsey, director of the Catholic Action Center.

COVID-19 is creating added challenges for those seeking relief from the heat, according to Ramsey.

“The library is closed. The normal places where they could go during heat or cold they’re closed now due to the virus,” Ramsey said.

In order to keep people safe, the city is making several cooling centers available:

  • The Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.
  • Rooms at the Picadome Golf Clubhouse, at 469 Parkway Drive, and Tates Creek Golf Course, at 1400 Gainesway Drive, will be open from 7 a.m. to dark, Saturday and Sunday as well.
  • The Nathaniel Mission, Lexington Rescue Mission and Lighthouse Ministries will also be open on Saturday, July 18, as cooling shelters.

Lextran is offering free rides to anyone who needs a ride to a cooling center.