21 Cold-Related Deaths Reported in Cook County Since October

Cold and snow blasted Chicago on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect for the Chicago region from 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 through Saturday morning. (WTTW News)Cold and snow blasted Chicago on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect for the Chicago region from 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 through Saturday morning. (WTTW News)

There have been nearly two dozen cold-related deaths in Cook County since October, including two reported Friday by the county medical examiner’s office.

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Both deaths reported Friday were ruled as accidents, according to the medical examiner’s office. They include a 47-year-old man who was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital on Dec. 17, who died as a result of combined drug toxicity with exposure as a contributing factor, and a 71-year-old woman pronounced dead Nov. 15 in the Pullman neighborhood, who died as a result of cold exposure with hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease as a contributing factor, according to the medical examiner’s office.

There have been 21 cold-related deaths since Oct. 22. Those who have died range in age from 31-81, according to a Cook County spokesperson.

There are 113 public buildings designated as warming centers in Chicago.

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