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Three suspected heat deaths since Monday, July 25, have been reported in Portland metro area

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office says it's investigating two additional suspected heat-related deaths.

That brings the number of people suspected of dying from excessive heat, or hyperthermia, in Oregon to four during the July 2022 heat wave.

One death occurred in Portland on Monday, July 25, county officials reported Wednesday night, July 27.

Two additional deaths occurred in Portland — one on Wednesday and the other on Thursday, July 28 — county officials said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

Additionally, a fourth death occurred in Umatilla County, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office told KGW-TV.

Both the county and state medical examiner's offices said these suspected heat-related deaths are preliminary, adding they require further investigation. Final confirmation of the causes of death may not be known for several months.

The deaths were reported as much of Oregon experiences a heat wave that began Sunday, July 24. Local and state officials have issued emergency declarations.

An excessive heat warning is in effect through Saturday, July 30.

Daytime high temperatures in the Portland area have been in the high 90s, with temperatures reaching 102 degrees at the Portland Airport on Tuesday, July 26, according to the National Weather Service.

Multnomah County health officials reiterated their call for people to take the heat wave seriously on Thursday, adding that they would extend overnight shelters and other cooling sites through at least Saturday morning.

For transportation to a cooling site, dial 2-1-1.

For additional information about cooling sites in Portland, visit

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