Why Oregon changed its strategy to report potential heat-related deaths during the emergency, not after

You might’ve noticed the shift. Taking lessons from the 2021 deadly heat wave, medical examiner’s offices are releasing daily reports of likely heat-related deaths.

PORTLAND, Ore. — How and when should the public learn about potential heat-related deaths during a heat emergency? During Oregon’s deadly heat wave in 2021, the first public acknowledgement of likely heat-related deaths came on June 30 — two days after the last day of excessive heat.

This time around, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office — with information from county medical examiner teams — is sharing public notices about potential hyperthermia deaths each day as the heat emergency unfolds.

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