EMS prepared to respond to heat-related illness at State Fair
At least 80 people were seen by medical staff at the fair for heat-related illness and four of them were transported to area hospitals
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — Two-year-old Mackenzie Timmerman is back to her happy, bubbly self, but on Monday, the sun got the better of her at the Minnesota State Fair.
"She got really red in the face," said her mother Lisa, of Alexandria. "She just kind of stopped acting like a 2-year-old." An ice pack, cold washcloth, cold water and cool air in the medical aid station did the trick. Minnesota State Fair officials said on Sunday, 80 people were seen by medical staff at the fair for heat-related illness and four of them were transported to area hospitals. Monday's numbers have not been released.
"Were looking at about 10 to 12 that we would haul on an average day, so the four was actually down from what we would normally do," said Matt Simpson, deputy chief of EMS with the St. Paul Fire Department. "And I was actually surprised there were that few transports."