Five possible heat-related deaths reported during Oregon heatwave
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Five possible heat-related deaths reported during Oregon heatwave

Five possible heat-related deaths reported during Oregon heatwave

Western Oregon’s 2022 Summer Heat Captured by KOIN 6 Meteorologist Josh Cozart

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — At least five possible heat-related deaths reported in Oregon the latest wave of extreme temperatures– officials say.

The state medical examiner has confirmed a fifth death in Coos County Four deaths reported in Multnomah County from Friday 5th July.


However, the exact time and place of death in Coos County are unknown.

Multnomah County saw its first death on Friday, July 5, when an 84-year-old man was found in the 97230 ZIP code. Two days later, two more men — 64 and 75 years old — were discovered in the 97206 and 97216 ZIP codes, respectively.

Another man, a non-Multnomah County resident, was “transported from outside Multnomah County where he died at a Portland hospital of suspected heat-related illness.”

The identities of all the victims have not yet been released. The county said it will provide more information as it becomes available — likely in weeks or months.

“Further testing and investigation will determine whether the deaths are officially heat-related. In some cases, it may turn out that the deaths had other causes,” officials said.

County authorities have not yet released whether there were any similarities between the deaths, meaning it is unclear whether the victims were homeless or lived alone and without air conditioning.

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