ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Authorities have confirmed three people have died in the St. Louis area due to excessive heat.
The first victim, identified as 80-year-old Willie Hall, was found dead Saturday in a second-story bedroom at his house in the 2000 block of East College. According officials, Hall had a window air-conditioning unit, but it was not in use.
Authorities found another victim, 83-year-old Orena Brown, inside her living room at a home in the 5900 block of Mimika on Sunday around 8:50 a.m. She had last been seen the day before and was discovered after the family went to check on her.
A 74-year-old woman was found dead in her bedroom in the 400 block of North 4th Street around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Her identity has yet to be released because the family has not been notified.
Hospitals also reported seven people were treated for heat-related illness on Saturday and two on Sunday. Their ages ranged from eight to 59.
“It is vitally important for all able-bodied residents to check on their elderly and disabled neighbors, friends, and family members,” said St. Louis Health Director Pam Walker. “You must physically check to see if their air conditioners are both on and cooling. Making a simple home visit could save a life. All three of these individuals had access to air conditioners, but they weren’t on, or weren’t cooling.”
Officials remind that cooling centers - like senior centers, recreation centers, and libraries - will remain open during the period of extreme heat. A full and updated list of cooling centers can be found here.