Emergency department visits spiked during June heat wave in US Northwest | The Verge

1233703730.0 Emergency department visits spiked during June heat wave in US Northwest | The Verge
Residents at a cooling center during a heatwave in Portland, Oregon, U.S., on Monday, June 28, 2021. | Maranie Staab/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The heat wave that scorched the Pacific Northwest in late June resulted in an enormous surge in emergency department (ED) visits in the region, according to a new analysis from the CDC. There were 1,038 heat-related visits to the emergency department during the peak of the heat wave on June 28, in “region 10” — which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. In shocking comparison, there were just 9 similar ED visits in the region on the same day in 2019.

While much of the west was suffering through sweltering heat in June, the northwest was home to a disproportionate number of emergency department visits. Region 10 accounted for 15 percent of ED…

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