Santa Clara County investigating 19 deaths as possibly heat-related

Officials in Santa Clara County are investigating 19 deaths to determine whether those deaths were heat-related, after a record-breaking heat wave baked much of the Bay Area in the days before and after the July 4th holiday.

“As of July 11, the Medical Examiner-Coroner is investigating 19 potential heat-related deaths since July 1,” the County of Santa Clara Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office said on Thursday.

Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties had not reported any heat-related deaths as of Thursday.

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While cooler temperatures are expected in the coming days, parts of the interior of the Bay Area were expected to top 100 degrees Thursday.

The heat is not isolated to the Bay Area or California. Tens of millions of Americans were under extreme heat alerts Thursday, as many parts of the country were affected. Over 30 heat-related deaths have been reported nationwide so far, with more expected. Deaths have been reported in the Sacramento area, as well as in Arizona, New York and Florida over the past several days.

Tom Li contributed to this story.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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