Cook County Mourns Two More Weather-Related Deaths, Total Climbs to Seven

As the Midwest suffers with a recent snowstorm and frigid weather, Cook County has confirmed two more cold-related deaths, bringing the total to seven.

The freezing temperatures have taken an impact on the community.

Cook County records seventh weather-related death as cold snap eases:

Identification of Victims: Vanda Parish and Thomas Kapala

Among the most recent deaths is 66-year-old Vanda Parish, who was discovered lifeless outside her North Center home and eventually died at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital.

An autopsy indicated injuries caused by a fall down the steps, as well as hypothermia. Thomas Kapala, 62, of Mount Greenwood, died from heart disease, diabetes, and cold exposure.

Examining Previous Cases for Weather Connection

Authorities suspect weather may have played a role in five other deaths since January 11.

Richard Kellinger, 73, of Streamwood, Robert Tuxford, 62, of Oak Lawn; James Jernigan, 81, of South Shore, and John Dryglaski, 86, of Elmwood Park are all under scrutiny for potential cold-related factors.

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Weather Update:

While the community mourns these awful losses, there is a ray of hope on the horizon. The cold snap is slowly losing its grip on Chicago and its suburbs.

On Wednesday, O’Hare Airport reported a high of 19 degrees and a low of -7 degrees.

The National Weather Service predicts a sluggish improvement, with temperatures ranging from 18 to 22 degrees through Sunday and overnight lows of 1 degree on Saturday.

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