With an extreme heat wave bringing punishing temperatures to the capital region through Tuesday, cooling centers are open in the Sacramento area to help residents seek refuge. The 12 centers in Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties are open each day Friday through Wednesday unless noted:
Downtown Sacramento: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., noon to 8 p.m.
North Sacramento: Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Blvd., noon to 8 p.m.
Glen Elder/south Sacramento: George Sim Community Center, 6207 Logan St., noon to 8 p.m. Elk Grove: Wackford Center, 9014 Bruceville Road, 1 to 9 p.m.
Galt: Chabolla Community Center, 600 Chabolla Ave., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Folsom: City Senior & Arts Center, 48 Natoma St., noon to 7 p.m.
Rancho Cordova: City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, noon to 6 p.m.
Citrus Heights: Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive, noon to 6 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 21
West Sacramento: City Hall, 1110 W. Capitol Ave, noon to 9 p.m.
Davis: Senior Center, 646 A St., noon to 7 p.m.
Woodland: Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St., noon to 7 p.m.
Roseville: Tower Theatre, 417 Vernon St., noon to 7 p.m., Saturday through Wednesday
Air conditioning, seating, water, restrooms and WiFi will be available at most locations. Remember to bring a breathable (ideally cotton) mask!
Our region is currently experiencing an extreme heat wave in the midst of a pandemic. It is crucial that cooling centers open to the public but also that they follow California DPH guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Individual Control Measures and Screenings
- Provide temperature and symptom screenings for all visitors, including any volunteers, vendors, contractors, or other workers entering the Center. All staff should be screened for temperature and symptoms at the beginning of their shift.
- If possible, provide alternative cooling sites for those showing symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath). This may be separate rooms within Cooling Centers or a space that can be used to accommodate visitors with symptoms and separate them from others.
- Staff who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.
- Visitors and staff should be encouraged to wear cloth face coverings while in the Center. The Center is encouraged to have a supply of face coverings to distribute to anyone who arrives without one. Face coverings must not be shared.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
- Perform thorough cleaning on high traffic areas and frequently disinfect commonly used surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, toilets, and handwashing facilities. Limit sharing of items and clean/disinfect shared items between users.
- Clean touchable surfaces between shifts or between users, whichever is more frequent.
Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cleaning and disinfection guidelines for community facilities, and cleaning facilities if someone is sick.
Physical Distancing Guidelines
- Maintain physical (social) distancing of at least six feet between individuals within Centers.
- Consider creating spaces for individual family units (families who live together do not need to maintain physical distancing in a Cooling Center).
- Jurisdictions may consider using facilities that have not yet been opened as part of the Governor’s Roadmap and movement through Stage 2 business sector reopening, such as libraries, community centers, and movie theaters, if they can be configured to safely serve as cooling centers only.
- Identify and address potential language, cultural, and disability barriers associated with communicating COVID-19 information to staff, volunteers, and those visiting Cooling Centers.
- Post signs at entrances and in strategic places providing instruction on hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette, cloth face coverings, and physical distancing.
- Providing educational materials about COVID-19 in multiple languages, as needed.