At least 15 deaths being investigated as heat related
The deaths of at least 15 people 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."
The deaths — seven in Multnomah, four in Clackamas, two in Marion, one in Washington, and one in Umatilla — all happened between July 21-31, officials said.
"The final determination of the cause of death may not be known for several months," authorities said in a statement.
None of the victims have been identified and details about their cases are sparse. Clackamas County announced it is investigating suspected heat-related deaths of two elderly men who died amid the ongoing extreme heatwave. Officials said at least one man died in his home where he had a "nonfunctioning air conditioner."
The deaths are being investigated as the region hit a record seven consecutive days of 95 degree or higher temperatures. As of Saturday, the number was six.
The Sunday forecast high was 98 degrees for Portland, and some areas in the Willamette Valley may again see triple digits.
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