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Cooling shelters and other emergency responses remain active over the weekend.

Officials are extending cooling site operations in Portland as extreme heat continues to bear down.

"Health officials continue to urge the public to take this heatwave seriously," Multnomah County officials said Thursday, July 28. "Multiple days of high temperatures with little overnight cooling have a cumulative negative impact on the body, increasing the risk of heat illness as high temperatures continue."

Four overnight cooling shelters will remain open through at least Sunday, July. 31, Multnomah County officials said.

A day center and six misting stations will also be open. Additionally, Portland is now offering 24-hour water-filling stations at four parks.

The county also will continue offering extended library hours through Sunday. Several other library locations are open until 8 p.m.

The county and city governments and community partners have been running cooling sites since Tuesday, July 26, when temperatures briefly reached 102 degrees at the Portland International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials say they'll continue to offer cooling services as long as forecasts indicate they're necessary.

An excessive heat warning in effect since Monday, July 25, will last through 9 p.m. Sunday.

Three peeople are suspected to have died of excessive heat, or hyperthermia, in Portland as of Saturday, July 31, according to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

There have been 100 heat-related 911 calls in Portland since Sunday, July 24, county officials reported. Twenty-nine of those came on Thursday.

Emergency medical services have responded to 73 heat-related calls since Sunday, including 22 on Thursday.

EMS responded to 25% more calls total on Tuesday than a typical summer day, officials said.

Local hospitals have treated 32 people for heat illness since Sunday, including nine on Wednesday, officials said.

"The thing I really want to make sure people know is that it can happen to you," said Brendon Haggerty, who oversees Multnomah County's Healthy Homes and Communities program. "People don't think they're at risk from heat. But we have plenty of younger people ending up in the emergency room right now. It's not cooling off much at night, and we're only halfway through this thing."

Additionally, a man is suspected to have drowned at the Sandy River near Oxbow Park on Wednesday, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reported.

About 130 people stayed overnight at cooling shelters on Tuesday, and 170 people stayed overnight on Wednesday, reaching 60% of capacity, officials said.

Officials added overnight capacity to the Charles Jordan Center cooling shelter on Wednesday, a county spokesperson said, making the total capacity across all four shelters 300 people.

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - A man rests on a mat at the Charles Jordan Center overnight cooling shelter in Portland on Wednesday, July 27.The cooling shelters and day center provide food, water and safe, air-conditioned places to rest or sleep. No one is turned away and pets are welcome.

Free transportation to a cooling shelter or center is available 24 hours a day by calling 211.

TriMet is not turning away anyone riding to and from a cooling shelter who cannot pay fare while there are emergency declarations in effect through Sunday, July 31.

Since July 19, homeless outreach teams, mutual aid groups and volunteers have distributed 88,000 bottles of water, more than 11,000 electrolyte packets and more than 5,000 cooling towels.

Appointments to pick up supplies from the Joint Office of Homeless Services' downtown Portland supply center are available Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, for groups who are doing outreach to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Overnight cooling shelters

Four overnight cooling shelters in Portland are open at the following locations:

• Charles Jordan Community Center: 9009 N. Foss Ave.

• East Portland Community Center: 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

• Portland Building: 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave.

• Sunrise Center (staffed by Cultivate Initiatives): 18901 E. Burnside St.

A daytime cooling center staffed by Do Good Multnomah is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Old Town at 435 N.W. Glisan St., Portland.

Misting stations

Misting stations in Portland are open from noon to 8 p.m. at the following six parks:

• Dawson Park: 1 N. Stanton St.

• East Portland Community Center: 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

• Glenhaven Park, near skate park: 7900 N.E. Siskiyou St.

• Harney Park, near restroom: Southeast 67th Avenue and Harney Street

• Lents Park, at Walker Stadium: 4808 S.E. 92nd Ave.

• Mt. Scott Community Center: 5530 S.E. 72nd Ave.

Drinking water filling stations

Water-filling stations are open 24 hours a day in Portland at the following locations:

• Lents Park: 4808 S.E. 92nd Ave., Portland

• McKenna Park: North Princeton Street and Wall Avenue

• Big Four Corners Natural Area: 17820 N.E. Airport Way

• Lynchwood Park: Southeast 174th Avenue and Haig Drive

For updates on cooling site locations and other heatwave-related information, visit

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the date until which overnight shelters would be open. The story now reflects the correct date. The Portland Tribune regrets the error.

Max Egener
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