Cuyahoga County sees at least 5 weather-related deaths in 5 days

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CLEVELAND (WJW)– The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said there have been at least five weather-related deaths in five days.

The office said it’s seen at least seven possible winter-related fatalities since Feb. 1. It’s the most weather-related deaths in a two-week period in the county since 2009. Cuyahoga County had one weather fatality during the same period in 2020.

( watch our story above for more on how people across Northeast Ohio are digging out from the winter wallop earlier this week)

“There has been a spike in cold-related deaths, particularly in the last week. Most of these individuals lacked working heat in their residence,” said Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson.

“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.”

Cuyahoga County reminded residents of the following resources:

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