Medical examiner investigates two deaths as heat-related
The Oregon State Medical Examiner was investigating two suspected heat-related deaths as of Wednesday, July 27.
One of the deaths reportedly occurred in Portland. The location of the other death was not immediately disclosed. The names and other details of the victim have not been released.
The state medical examiner's office has not identified those who died, or where the deaths occurred.
In a statement, the state medical examiner's office said the designations of these heat-related deaths are "preliminary and further investigation may reveal a cause of death that's unrelated to hyperthermia."
Both the state medical examiner and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner said final confirmation of the causes of death may not be known for several months.
The deaths were reported during a heat wave that began this week with temperatures reaching triple digits. This come about 12 months after 96 people died across Oregon during the 2021 heat dome, which featured temperatures higher than 115 degrees.
The 2021 heat dome also prompted state lawmakers to find solutions, including giving tenants the right to install air conditioners in their units to working with landlords to provide common cooling areas for their residents. Several new programs also are providing free air conditioners to low-income households, although over 1,000 were reported still in warehouses as of Tuesday.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.
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Multnomah County reported to additional suspected heat deaths Thursday, July 28. Read the story here.
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