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High-Related Deaths Rise 58 Percent From Last Year

The number of heat-related deaths in Southern Nevada rose nearly 58 percent in 2017 from 2016.

The Southern Nevada Health District released the latest data this week, reporting 123 heat-related deaths in 2017, compared to 78 in 2016.

So far in 2018, the Clark County coroner’s office has confirmed 18 heat-related deaths.

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But Coroner John Fudenberg told the Las Vegas Review-Journalhe assumes there are many more among the autopsies that have not yet been completed.

Public health officials warn that those 65 and older as well as children are those who are the most risk as well as people who exercise or work outside, are homeless or have chronic medical conditions.

Daytime shelters are available at Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army. An extreme heat advisory is in effect today through Sunday, with temperatures projected to reach a peak 111 today.