First cold related death reported in Maryland

Posted at 1:49 PM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 13:49:32-05

The first cold-related death has been reported in Garrett County, Maryland. 

The Department of Health and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said a woman in the 65+ range died from hypothermia. 

“Hypothermia can occur even when temperatures are 40 or 50 degrees outside,” Dr. Jinlene Chan, acting deputy secretary for the Maryland Department of Health’s Public Health Services Administration. “Take steps to stay warm and dry. Now is the time to buy emergency supplies for your home and car, such as extra blankets and a first aid kit.”

The Department of Health monitors temperature conditions and deaths related to cold weather from November through March. During the 2016-2017 winter weather season, 34 people died from the cold weather.