Tuesday is expected to bring the hottest temperatures during this heat wave, when several places in the Willamette Valley could hit triple-digit temperatures.
Over the weekend, nonprofits distributed 500 air conditioning units to households in the Portland area thanks to a $5 million allocation from the Legislature.
Millions of dollars allocated to protecting thousands of Oregonians from extreme weather and smoke-filled air has yet to help anyone.
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Oregon’s innovative Medicaid program allows spending on “health-related” items, an area where the state hopes to gain more flexibility in the next Medicaid round.
Oregon’s total suspected death toll from the heat wave has risen to 116, according to the most recent numbers released by the state medical examiner’s office Wednesday.
The deaths stretched from Oregon through British Columbia, which was hit the hardest with nearly 800 fatalities.
From Oregon to British Columbia, temperatures set new highs, reaching more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit in one British Columbian town.
Around 200 Oregonians have visited emergency departments or urgent care centers due to heat-related illness since the heat wave began Friday, according to data published by the Oregon Health Authority.