Two more suspected heat deaths in Portland, 10 total statewide
The number of people suspected of dying of heat illness during Oregon's July 2022 heat wave has risen to 10.
Three additional potentially heat-related deaths occurred Saturday, July 30, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office said Sunday, July 31.
Two of the Saturday deaths were in Portland, Multnomah County officials reported. The other death occurred in Clackamas County, according to the state medical examiner.
The designation as potentially heat-related is preliminary, officials said, adding that further investigation will officially determine whether they were caused by hyperthermia, or heat illness.
The total number of suspected heat-related deaths in Multnomah County is now five. The first three occurred on July 25, July 27 and July 28, officials said. All of them have been in Portland.
The additional Saturday death brings Clackamas County's total to two. The first occurred on Friday, July 29.
Marion County also has two suspected heat-related deaths that occurred on July 28 and July 29, officials said.
Additionally, one suspected heat-related death occurred in Umatilla County on Tuesday, July 26.
The identities of the people suspected of dying of heat illness have not being made public and details about the deaths are sparse. One of the deaths in Clackamas County was an elderly man who died in his home with a "nonfunctioning air conditioner," county officials said.
On Sunday, Portland had its seventh consecutive day of at least 90-degree weather. The city's record for 90-degree days was set in 2009 at 10. The daytime high temperature on Sunday is expected to reach 98, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s in Portland on Monday, Aug. 1, according to NWS. The area is expected to cool off slightly after Monday, with daytime highs forecasted in the high 80s on Tuesday, Aug. 2, and Wednesday, Aug. 3. Temperatures could drop to the low 80s on Thursday, Aug. 4, and Friday, Aug. 5.
Overnight shelters and other cooling sites in Portland were scheduled to stay open at least through Sunday evening. For details about the locations, click here.
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