Ongoing Cold Snap Raises Hypothermia Risks, Stresses City’s Infrastructure

1/2/18

By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

The seemingly endless cold spell afflicting Baltimore has put vulnerable residents at increased risk of catching hypothermia and disrupted water service throughout the city and in Baltimore County.

Baltimore hasn’t seen a day with a high over 40 degrees since Christmas, and won’t be seeing one until at least next Monday, according to Weather Underground. The cold spell has pushed Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen to extend a Code Blue alert – an action that pushes city agencies, shelters and partners to take extra precautions for the homeless and other vulnerable residents – through Jan. 8.

Specifically, the Mayor’s Office of Human Services works with shelters during Code Blue periods to extend hours and provide more beds to keep homeless people out of the cold.

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