Hypothermia, exposure and more: Cleveland first responders deal with weather-related afflictions

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland EMS Commissioner is urging residents to take extra precautions as emergency responders deal with one cold-related death and several cold-related afflictions over the past 20 hours.

One man, 58-year-old Ray Campbell, was found outside his E. 68th Street home at 8:42 this morning. The Medical Examiner has said that they also suspect cold as a factor in his death.

A man in his 50s was found dead outside at 8:42 a.m. Though an official cause of death has not been determined, EMS responders offer a preliminary diagnosis as cold exposure.

Several other people have been diagnosed with afflictions caused by cold exposure, including 10 cases of frostbite and three cases of hypothermia.

In total, 20 people have been treated for afflictions caused by cold exposure since 4 p.m. Monday, including an infant who was treated along with her 20-year-old mother after their apartment lost its heating.

Experts are recommending that everyone stay inside if possible, and you should wear three layers if you do venture outside - a bottom "wicking" layer, a thermal layer and a waterproof layer.

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