Weather-Related Deaths Up In Cuyahoga County

(Cleveland) - Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson has issued a public health warning, this after confirming that the deaths of seven people since February 1 were related to cold weather. Dr. Gilson says five of the deaths happened in five days.

This is the most fatal two-week period for weather-related deaths in Cuyahoga County since 2009. In 2020, in the same period, Cuyahoga County had only one cold-related death.

Dr. Gilson points out that most of the weather-related deaths were due to homes being unheated. He says, "The county can assist with this issue and other programs related to the cold. Please check on older neighbors, especially those who may be more isolated due to the pandemic.

Here are some ways to help those who can't heat their homes properly:

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