Heat-related illnesses at Country Crossings a concern

A Festival Hospital is located near the information booth at the Country Crossings Music Festival. (KTVL/Genevieve Grippo)

The Country Crossings Music Festival dealt with a number of heat-related injuries as temperatures soared Thursday and Friday afternoon.

There is an on-site festival hospital to help attendants with medical concerns. Crews said they had between 40 and 60 people come to them with heat-related symptoms by Friday afternoon.

According to Justin Shannon, a Nurse Practitioner at the festival, about half a dozen of those people battled substantial symptoms for heat exhaustion or dehydration. He said at least one person was transported to the hospital with a heat-related illness.

Shannon said with the concert only two days in, attendants need to take precautions to keep themselves safe.

"Just be aware that you need to be ready for it," he said. "It's really hot out here this weekend. It's a great place to have a good time, just make sure you find a shady place. Bring some water, bring some Gatorade and enjoy yourself."

In order to help concert-goers stay hydrated, the festival does allow people to bring in two sealed 20 ounce bottled waters per day. There are also shade and misting tents available to help people cool down and stay out of the sun.

Shannon said some of the early signs of heat-related illnesses include cramping, feeling overheated and not sweating.

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