Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen as issued a Code Blue for Baltimore City starting Friday evening to Saturday morning.
According to the Health Commissioner, temperatures are expected to drop and create icy conditions for the upcoming days.
“With temperatures and wind chills dropping precipitously from Friday evening into the early hours of Saturday morning, it is important for us to remember that hypothermia, or low body temperature, can be just as dangerous as extreme heat, and every year, there are Baltimoreans who die due to hypothermia,” said Dr. Wen. “I encourage residents to stay indoors in heated areas during these periods. Please help those around you who are the most vulnerable to the cold, including children, the elderly, and people with chronic medical illnesses.”
A Code Blue is issued when temperatures can cause an increased risk of cold injuries or death. So far this winter, there have been 12 hypothermia-related deaths.