Stories tagged with: cold

February 25, 2015 - 6:23pm
2 days 14 hours ago

Flu related illnesses may be on the decline here in Ohio, but that doesn't mean you've escaped all winter sickness.

Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre, says the cold weather can affect your immune system making you more susceptible to illness. Right now there are two illnesses that many are struggling with.

"There's two things going around. There's the cold, the common cold that hangs around for a week maybe ten days and by...

February 13, 2015 - 4:56pm
2 weeks 15 hours ago

Your dog may have fur, but that doesn't mean they are immune to the freezing temperatures.

According to the Animal Shelter's Executive Directory, Jody Murray, we need to pay special attention to our pets when the temperatures drop so drastically.

"Yeah it looks like cold forecast for the next week or so and I would just like to remind people when temperatures get this cold to do some special things for to keep your pets warm. Extra bedding outside, even when it gets this...

February 13, 2015 - 4:47pm
2 weeks 15 hours ago

With temperatures dropping into the single digits one added concern for those who need to be outside is hypothermia.

It's a condition you don't think will happen to you, until it does. Beth Fineran a Nurse Practitioner at Muskingum Valley Health Center said she dealt with a case recently.

"I also work in the emergency department and a gentlemen had fallen outside, he wasn't wearing any gloves and when he came to see us he has frost bite on all of his fingers and it had...

January 7, 2015 - 3:44pm
7 weeks 2 days ago

With the temperatures reaching unbearably low numbers most people are planning to wait out the cold indoors. However, if you're a firefighter, staying in isn't always an option.

The winter months can be a particularly tricky season for the Zanesville Fire Department. Firefighters are often out in freezing temperatures dealing with water, but the cold water doesn't just cause problems during a fire, it makes clean up particularly tricky.

"Basically as long as water is flowing...

January 6, 2015 - 3:57pm
7 weeks 3 days ago

Cold weather can affect more than just road conditions.

Zanesvlle-Muskingum County Health Department's Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre, said the cold makes it more difficult for both older and younger people to regulate their body temperatures.

Whitacre said elderly people's body temperatures are around 97 degrees. As that is a full degree lower than average they can feel the affects of the cold faster.

"If they get down to below 95, which is not very much, they...

November 14, 2014 - 5:26pm
15 weeks 13 hours ago

The anticipated cold air has finally arrived and many Southeast Ohio residents felt it has come too soon.

The average high is about 53 degrees for this time of the year, and the recent cool down has left temperatures about 20 degrees below normal. We talked to area residents about the weather Friday afternoon. Tyler Bay was hanging Christmas lights at Zane's Landing.

"It just came out of nowhere. Like, we didn't expect it. That's why we had to do all this. We've been in a...

March 18, 2014 - 5:02pm
49 weeks 3 days ago

The ongoing winter like temperatures this year could be to blame for more viral infections.

The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department says they are seeing  increasing visits to the ER for ear, nose, throat, and upper respiratory symptoms as well as stomach virus this year as opposed to last year.

"We've had a colder and a harsher winter than we usually do so people are spending more time inside. They're coming in contact with more people and...

December 10, 2013 - 5:20pm
1 year 11 weeks ago

The Salvation Army in Zanesville serves Muskingum, Morgan and Perry County residents for usually up to 90 days if they have nowhere to go, but with the bitter cold temperatures in the forecast, they're extending that time period.

"They can come in during the day up until about 4:30 p.m. and then we serve dinner and then from 6 to 8 p.m. we do intakes," explained Karen Walker, a case manager at the Salvation Army. "And all they need to do is call first or come to the...

January 14, 2010 - 7:00pm
5 years 6 weeks ago

A local organization wants to make sure no one is left out in the cold.

The frigid temperatures of January and February can take a toll on heating bills. If you cannot afford to pay your bill, the Salvation Army has a shelter that can keep families out of the cold. If you need to stay in the shelter there are certain items you must bring with you.

"Well for somebody to enter the shelter they need to have ID whether it is a state ID or a driver's license, it...

November 12, 2009 - 10:25am
5 years 15 weeks ago

The winter season is almost here and that means cold temperatures and snow could soon be affecting residents.

Snow, ice, and frigid temperatures usually make some residents cringe, but to some retail stores, its white gold. The Sunrise Do it Center in Zanesville says they're stocking up for their customers to combat whatever this winter may produce. Heaters, shovels, and salt are sitting on the shelves now, but will soon disappear once the first prediction of snow is in the forecast....

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