Two more Cook County residents have died of cold-related causes, bringing the total this season to 20, officials said Wednesday.
Three men who were found frozen to death in a vacant Northwest Side Avondale neighborhood last month have been identified.
A northwest suburban man and a North Lawndale woman who died this week are the first reported cold-related deaths of the season in Cook County.
At least 23 people have died of cold-related causes in Cook County this season, the most since 2008-09, with the latest being a Humboldt Park man and an Austin woman.
A north suburban man is at least the 11th reported cold-related death this winter in Cook County.
The deaths Friday of two men — one in the South Side Kenwood neighborhood and another in northwest suburban Streamwood — were due in part from exposure to the cold.
The brutal cold that has settled on the Chicago area is now blamed for four deaths.