Extreme Cold Turns Deadly in NE Ohio
CLEVELAND — Officials with University Hospitals say the cold has turned deadly in Northeast Ohio.
One resident died of hypothermia and another was hospitalized with symptoms of hypothermia.
“They did not have adequate heating. The people that are up and ambulatory will get frostbite. Not dressing adequately,” Dr. Barry Brenner said.
According to Dr. Brenner, the two patients were brought in between Sunday and Monday.
Dr. Brenner says they were each brought in from their homes.
“This is an unusual cold snap, not just for us, but for the whole country and we need to be prepared to look after our neighbors,” Brenner said.
He also urged people to dress warmly and cover all exposed skin.
Monday evening in downtown Cleveland, many people seemed caught off guard by the severity of the cold and wind chill.
Some were not wearing hats; others did not have gloves.
“It pretty much feels like jumping in freezing water right now,” Eric Dwayne Johnson said.
The National Weather Services is warning that people can get frostbite on exposed skin in just a few minutes under these conditions.