Clackamas County announced Saturday it is investigating a suspected heat-related death of an elderly man who died amid the ongoing extreme heatwave.
Clackamas County officials said the man died in his home where he had "non-functioning air conditioner." He was not immediately identified, nor was his age or city of residence provided.
Clackamas County officials encouraged community members to check on their neighbors during the heatwave, especially those who are more vulnerable to heat-related illness and death.
Deaths of seven people in Oregon are now being looked at as heat-related, although the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office said that, as of Saturday, "none of the deaths can be confirmed as heat-related."
Three of the seven deaths were in Multnomah County, two in Marion County and one each in Clackamas and Umatilla counties — all happened between July 25-29, officials said.
"The final determination of the cause of death may not be known for several months after the death," authorities said in a statement.
Clackamas County has several cooling centers open throughout the county and can arrange for rides to the centers. Visit clackamas.us/relief for more information.
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