4 Oregon deaths that could be related to heat wave are under investigation

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The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating four deaths that could be related to the current heat wave. But it could be months before any are confirmed as being connected.

Three of the deaths happened in Multnomah County on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The fourth happened Monday in Umatilla County.

“This designation as a heat-related death is preliminary and further investigation may reveal a cause of death that’s unrelated to hyperthermia. The final determination of the cause of death may not be known for several months after the death,” the ME’s Office said.

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Temperatures in Central Oregon are expected to remain in the triple digits, or close to it, through the weekend.


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