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.
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.