CHICO, Calif. - Triple-digit heat continues to create dangerous conditions, especially for those without a home or access to air conditioning.
Larry Platt is currently homeless in Chico and says he hasn't seen any cooling centers around.
"When it's this hot and you got this many people out here that need to be cooled off, it can just cause worse problems like an increase in people visiting the emergency rooms," said Platt.
Action News Now went to Butte County Public Health to find out why centers might not reopen.
"It takes in several factors," said public health's Lisa Almaguer. "One is whatever type of heat alerts come from the national weather service, high temperatures that remain over several days, combined with a nighttime temperature of 80 degrees or more."
Based on those guidelines, Almaguer said we are not in a heatwave.
The California Department of Public Health recently released COVID-19 cooling center guidelines, outlining there be:
- individual control measures and screenings
- cleaning and disinfecting protocols
- physical distancing guidelines
- considerations for using facilities that have not yet been open as part of the Governor’s reopening plan (community centers and movie theaters)
Chico City Manager Mark Orme said the stay-at-home order has prevented centers from opening.
Despite this, he says city leaders are trying to figure out a solution.
Shasta County Public Health is not setting up cooling centers either.