On Friday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported four new cold-related deaths in the county, bringing the total to 32 since October.
Each of the fatalities reported Friday was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office. Among them was a 51-year-old man who was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center on Jan. 18. According to the medical examiner’s office, he died as a result of a combined drug toxicity with exposure as a contributing factor. A 61-year-old man died in the 2700 block of N. Clybourn Ave. on Dec. 28 as a result of exposure with ethanol intoxication as a contributing factor, according to the medical examiner’s office.
A 92-year-old woman, who was pronounced dead Feb. 8 at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, died as a result of hypothermia with cardiovascular disease and dementia as contributing factors, according to the medical examiner’s office.
The youngest fatality reported Friday was that of a 36-year-old man, who died as a result of combined drug (heroin, fentanyl, acetyl fentanyl, despropionyl fentanyl and cocaine) toxicity with exposure as a contributing factor. The man was pronounced dead on Jan. 23 in the 7200 block of S. Marshfield Ave., the medical examiner’s office said.
Those who have died this season range in age from 33-92, according to a Cook County spokesperson.
There are 113 public buildings designated as warming centers in Chicago.