The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Program on Thursday, July 28, reported it is investigating two additional deaths suspected to be associated with the July 2022 heat, bringing the total number of suspected hyperthermia deaths to three.
One person died July 27, and another died July 28, both in Portland. The first death occurred in Portland on July 25. No other details are being released at this time.
These are preliminary suspected cases and are under investigation as potential heat-related deaths. Further tests and investigation will determine whether they are officially heat-related. The County will update this information as it becomes available.
Health officials are asking people to take this heat wave seriously. If people don’t have a cool place to be at home, they should consider spending time at a cooling shelter or center.If someone needs a free ride to somewhere cool, call 2-1-1. TriMet is also offering free rides to cool spaces for anyone who cannot afford to pay fare.