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UPDATE: State health officials say 21 confirmed and possible heat-related fatalities

MADISON (WKOW) -- State health officials have updated the number of confirmed and possible heat-related deaths in Wisconsin to 21.

Officials say as of Tuesday, July 17, there are eight confirmed heat-related deaths. La Crosse and Barron Counties both reported two deaths each. One heat-related death was reported in Juneau, Richland, Rock and Vernon Counties.

State health officials say there are 13 possible heat-related fatalities.

For more information about protecting yourself in the heat, click here.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin health officials continue to urge precaution during this week's high temperatures as they say there have been at least eight heat-related deaths in Wisconsin since July 1. However, officials say there could be up to 11 additional heat-related deaths.
 
While half of the confirmed deaths occurred in southern Wisconsin, two of the fatalities were in Barron County and two were in La Crosse County.
 
The Department of Health Services is working with local public health departments, coroners and medical examiners to gather information on the number of heat-related fatalities statewide.
 
"Heat stroke can be rapid and fatal," State Health Officer Dr. Henry Anderson said in a statement. "People should remain cool and safe by keeping hydrated, slowing down, staying indoors and avoiding strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day."
 
Officials encourage people to check on neighbors, friends, and family during the ongoing heat wave.
 
When temperatures are above 90 degrees, officials recommend the following actions:
 
1. Avoid dehydration and make it a point to drink more fluids during hot weather. Rapid weight loss may be a sign of dehydration.
 
2. Do not plan strenuous activities during the warmest part of the day.
 
3. Individuals with the highest risk should spend the hottest part of the day in a cool, preferably air-conditioned place.
 
4. Use fans to increase ventilation unless temperatures exceed 90 degrees, at which point fans become ineffective in reducing heat-related illness.
 
5. Take action to reduce body temperatures if heat-related symptoms appear.
 
6. If you or your neighbors do not have air conditioning, go to a local library, mall, or cooling center.
 
For information on the nearest cooling center, call 2-1-1 or contact your health care provider. We also have a list of all the cooling centers here
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