HeatWatch: Gov. Brown declares state of emergency for high temperatures

Governor Kate Brown issued a state of emergency declaration stretching from August 10 through 20 as much of the region braces for a return of triple-digit temperatures.

Posted: Aug 10, 2021 10:29 AM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday issued a state of emergency declaration stretching from August 10 through 20 as much of the region braces for a return of triple-digit temperatures. A similar heatwave in late June resulted in the deaths of 116 people.

"Oregon is facing yet another extreme heat wave, and it is critical that every level of government has the resources they need to help keep Oregonians safe and healthy," said Governor Brown. "I encourage Oregonians to take proactive steps to keep themselves and their families safe, including drinking plenty of fluids, taking advantage of cooling centers, and checking in on neighbors, friends, and loved ones."

With the emergency declaration, state agencies are activated to help local and Tribal governments in providing for the health and safety of their residents — not just for the direct impacts of heat, but for potential hits to critical infrastructure like utility outages and transportation disruptions.

Brown's office said that she has directed the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to activate the state's Emergency Coordination Center to coordinate "essential protective measures," and requested that state agencies provide any assistance requested by OEM to support the response.

In southern Oregon, cities are working to open cooling shelters once more so that people without anywhere else to go can get a break from the heat. Shelters in Medford and Talent will be open at least into the weekend, but Josephine County is still looking for help from community organizations to open a similar shelter.

"Josephine County Public Health has reached out to many community partners, including non-profits and faith-based organizations, but is still struggling to find an organization willing to stand up a cooling shelter during extreme heat events," the agency said in a statement on Tuesday. "Josephine County Public Health is asking organizations in our county with the capacity to run a cooling shelter to volunteer and keep the community safe."

Information on the Medford and Talent shelters may be found below.

Medford

  • Tuesday August 10 the shelter will be operated at the Medford Senior Center, located at 510 E. Main Street.
  • Wednesday August 11 the shelter will be operated at Jackson County Library Medford at 205 South Central Avenue.
  • Thursday August 12 the shelter will be operated at the Medford Senior Center, located at 510 E. Main Street.
  • Friday August 13 the shelter will be operated at Jackson County Library Medford at 205 South Central Avenue.
  • Saturday August 14 the shelter will be operated at the Medford Senior Center, located at 510 E. Main Street.

The cooling shelter will provide water, cool resting area, restrooms, popsicles, snacks, and cooling area and water for pets. Individuals may come and go, with a facility capacity of 90 guests.

Talent

Tuesday August 10 through Sunday, August 15 (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.) the cooling shelter will be open at the Talent Community Center behind City Hall at 110 E Main Street.

Household pets are welcome, please have them on a leash or in a carrying case. Movies and wi-fi will be available, plus free water and snacks. Social distancing and face masks will be required. City staff and volunteers will be on hand to lend support.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
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Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
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Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 5060048

Reported Deaths: 74129
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152429427102
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581500
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
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