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Heat exposure contributed to the deaths of at least three people who perished in Los Angeles County as a heat wave broiled the region over the Labor Day weekend, according to the county coroner.

All three people were believed to be unsheltered, underscoring the dangers homeless people face when temperatures soar.

They died the same day, Sept. 6, when Los Angeles County recorded its highest-ever temperature: 121 degrees Fahrenheit, registered at a weather station in Woodland Hills.

Holland Harmond, a 60-year-old man, died at 3:30 p.m. on the sidewalk in the 600 block of San Pedro Street in downtown Los Angeles, according to the medical examiner-coroner’s office. Holland died from heart disease, with heat exposure and chronic alcohol abuse as contributing factors, coroner’s records say.

A septuagenarian whose name wasn’t disclosed because his family has yet to be informed of his death died at 7:20 p.m. in the 6900 block of Denver Avenue in South L.A., according to coroner’s records. He too died from heart disease, with heat exposure a contributing factor.

A woman who has yet to be identified died at 6:10 p.m. in the 900 block of Meridian Avenue in South Pasadena, near the city’s Metro Gold Line stop, according to coroner’s records. She died of hyperthermia.

Times staff writer Tony Barboza contributed reporting to this story.

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Elmhurst COVID-19 outbreak linked to Orangetheory Fitness; 18 cases confirmed

ELMHURST, Ill. (WLS) -- DuPage County health officials are investigating 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 that are all tied back to an Orangetheory Fitness facility in west suburban Elmhurst.

The location is back open Tuesday, just days after the outbreak.

"Try to have group exercise outside if you can, because air flow makes a difference," said Dr. Poonam P. Thaker. "If you are in a closed environment with a lot of people, the chances of exposure and sustained exposure are higher."

Dr. Thaker, the program director of sports medicine fellowship at Amita Health Resurrection Medical Center, said the virus can spread more easily during indoor group fitness classes. He recommended exercising outside, and reminded people not to share gear.

"Dedicated equipment, making sure you clean that equipment, making sure they do not migrate around the room, and that you are only in your bubble," he said.

According to Orangetheory Fitness, their workouts during the pandemic are designed to minimize cross-contamination. The company also said staff cleans between classes and conducts temperature checks at the door.

"There is no way to be 100% safe," Thacker said. "We are talking about risk mitigation here. Minimize the risk to yourself and everyone else."

In a statement, Orangetheory Fitness management said in part, "We are working with local health authorities in the contact tracing process to identify any additional cases as soon as possible. We are constantly examining and evolving our internal policies and processes to ensure the safety of our staff and members, and are committed to ongoing vigilance in all of our studios..."

Elmhurst overall is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. New data from the DuPage County health department shows a 10% increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

People who live in the area hope the rise in cases serves as another reminder that the virus is still out there, and still spreading.

"I am feeling as concerned as one should be," said Todd Benson, Elmhurst resident. "This is not make believe."

"You cannot have a bunch of people together when there is a virus like this going around," said Meg Sullivan, Elmhurst resident.

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