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Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner issues a public health warning after at least 5 winter-related deaths occur within days

'Please check on older neighbors, especially those who may be more isolated due to the pandemic,' Dr. Thomas Gilson said.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on February 16, 2021.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office is issuing a grim warning today to Northeast Ohioans after what they say is a series of winter-related deaths. 

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According to a press release sent by Cuyahoga Co. Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, a public health warning has been issued, following the deaths of five residents in five days. Since Feb. 1, the county has seen seven total deaths that can be linked to inclement weather. 

Dr. Gilson says that this has been the most fatal period for winter-related deaths in Cuyahoga County since 2009.

“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 Dr. 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.”

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The county also wants to remind residents that resources are available if needed, and a list can be found below. 

Those in need can also call the community referral line (2-1-1) for any information about health, housing, and other resources. If you know a senior who may need help, please contact the Division of Senior and Adult Services at (216) 420-6700.

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