Five People Confirmed Dead in Chicago Cold

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The Cook County Medical Examiner in Chicago, Illinois, has reported the deaths of five people due to the intense cold the city has been experiencing. The victims, all older men, had chronic illnesses, but the arctic cold was listed as the secondary cause of death for each of them. One 81-year-old man suffered from hypertension and succumbed to the environmental cold, while a 62-year-old man’s illness was complicated by the extreme temperatures, leading to his death. Another 73-year-old man with hypertension and diabetes mellitus also fell victim to the low temperatures. An 86-year-old man’s pre-existing illness was further complicated by the arctic cold, resulting in his death.

Since November 2023, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has recorded a total of eight cold-related deaths. While the city’s hospitals have not treated people for cold-related symptoms, the deaths of these five men serve as a stark reminder of the dangers of the frigid weather. Authorities are urging the community to stay indoors if possible and to dress appropriately in layers if they must go outside.

In addition to the deaths, the National Weather Service has issued warnings about the dangerously frozen temperatures throughout the state, with some counties experiencing wind chill warnings and temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. The extreme cold poses a threat to the lives of people, pets, and property.

The Chicago police reported the death of a 60-year-old man in the Schiller Park neighborhood, marking the first cold-related death in the city. The man was exposed to the extreme cold brought on by the winter storm.

As the city continues to grapple with the frigid temperatures, it is crucial for individuals to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from the cold. Staying indoors and dressing appropriately when going outside are essential steps in staying safe during this extreme weather.

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