By Jay Chilton
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — The music was not the only thing hot at the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Concert inside Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. With a high of 95 degrees and a crowd packed to capacity, the temperature soared for the concert patrons as did the number of heat related illnesses and problems.
Kelly Wells, media relations coordinator for Norman Regional Health System, said at 7 p.m. 15 people had been transported to the hospital for heat-related complaints, 120 had been treated at the Gomer Jones medical facility inside the stadium and more than 500 people had taken refuge from the heat at the six cooling stations located throughout the stadium.
“We fear those numbers will rise as people start to drink more alcohol and begin to dehydrate,” Wells said.
By 10:30 p.m., those numbers did rise.
Twenty-one people had been taken to the hospital and more than 170 had been treated on site for heat-related issues. Five hundred had been given over-the-counter-type aid such as ice packs, water or pain relievers and another 600 had found comfort at the cooling stations.
The all-volunteer Gomer Jones medical facility is sponsored by Norman Regional Health System and is staffed by personnel from the health system.