B.C. Coroners Service reports 16 heat-related deaths from July 26 to August 3

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      There have been more heat-wave-related deaths in B.C.

      According to the B.C. Coroners Service, 16 people died from July 26 to August 3 that can be linked to hot weather.

      Five of them occurred on July 29 and three more were recorded on July 30.

      B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth issued a joint public statement on July 29 warning about the high temperatures.

      Of the 16 deaths, six were between 70 and 79 years old. Three were in their 60s, and two were in each of the following age ranges: 40s, 50s, and 80s. One death involved a person in their 90s.

      The B.C. Coroners Service defines a heat-related death occurs where the "localized environment or body temperature is keeping with hyperthermia or where there is "evidence to support that heat played a significant causal effect".

      Last year between June 25 and July 1, there were 619 heat-related deaths in B.C., according to the B.C. Coroners Service. At that time, several communities registered record temperatures as a result of a heat dome.