Sixteen individuals were hospitalized after attending Snoop Dogg’s concert just outside of Houston on Saturday night. Despite scorching temperatures exceeding triple digits, fans flocked to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for the “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper’s outdoor performance.
The Montgomery County Hospital District informed local news outlets ABC 13 and KNOU 11 that approximately 35 concertgoers displayed symptoms of “heat-related illness” and received medical attention on-site. Among these cases, 16 adults were transported by MCHD EMS to nearby hospitals in stable condition.
The Atascocita Fire Department, using the handle X (formerly Twitter), announced their dispatch to the Woodlands Pavilion to aid overheated attendees at the Snoop Dogg concert. They deployed their medical ambulance bus, designed to provide emergency care to large groups.
The fire department’s involvement was a precautionary measure, coordinated by the Montgomery County Hospital District in case the number of patients continued to rise. Atascocita Fire Department spokesperson Jerry Dilliard emphasized the effectiveness of this approach when employed early on. Their ambulance bus, however, was not ultimately required and departed around an hour after arriving. Dilliard praised the MCHD for effectively managing the patient influx.
This incident is not isolated, as the summer of 2023 witnesses record-breaking high temperatures across the United States. Earlier in July, Ed Sheeran’s concert in Pittsburgh resulted in 17 hospitalizations due to “heat-related issues.” Similarly, country artist Jason Aldean had to abruptly end his performance in Hartford, Connecticut, due to heat exhaustion.
Global warming is playing a significant role in the increasing frequency of such incidents. The Earth’s temperature is rising at double the rate it did in 1981, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This summer’s extreme heat is anticipated to persist not only for the remainder of the season but also for years to come.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an average of 1,300 people in the United States succumb to severe heat-related ailments, including heatstroke. As the frequency and intensity of heatwaves continue to escalate, events like outdoor concerts are encountering challenges in ensuring the safety and well-being of attendees amidst the rising temperatures.
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