Frigid temps create dangerous – even fatal – conditions for homeless

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The incredibly cold weather that’s gripping the Chicago area claims another life, and causes a lot of cases of frostbite and hypothermia.

A man found frozen in an alley in the Logan Square neighborhood died of hypothermia. The victim was believed to have been in his 60s. He was discovered Tuesday morning near Fullerton and Kedzie. He’s the 15th person to die from reasons related to the cold this winter in Cook County.

City of Chicago workers and volunters are reaching-out to homeless people, and encouraging them to go to warming centers. They’re also taking a census of the homeless population, and results will be announced in the summer.

Meantime, doctors say they expect to see a lot of people in emergency rooms suffering from frostbite and hypothermia. They’re warning people against complacency.

“… or it’s just as cold as it was the day before, and you gotta go out and get, you know, gas for your car, and it’s a short trip, so why bother putting on a big, heavy coat and a cap? And that’s exactly when you can get some frostbite. Five minutes out in the cold is enough to cause skin damage,” said   Dr. Ed Ward of Rush University Medical Center.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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