2023 breaks record for heat-related deaths in Maricopa County

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Last Wednesday, Maricopa County confirmed at least 645 people succumbed from heat-associated deaths in 2023.

The report found that out of those 645 people, at least two-thirds were over the age of 50, and many of them were experiencing homelessness.

The rate of heat-related deaths for Maricopa County in 2023 is 50% higher than it was in 2022, making for a second consecutive year of record-breaking deaths in the county associated with heat.

Dr. Nick Staab, Assistant Medical Director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health, joined Arizona Horizon to tell us more.

Dr. Nick Staab, Asst. Medical Director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health

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