‘Be prepared’: Several hospitalized with frostbite on weekends in twin cities – WCCO

Originally published January 2, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) More than a dozen people in the twin towns were hospitalized with frostbite injuries as the bitter weather set in over the weekend.

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Hennepin County Medical Center says the intake was spread over Friday and Saturday with half a dozen frostbite patients each day.

As wind chill temperatures dropped to the negative 20s Sunday morning, some were still determined to get outside.

“I think look around. I love the solitude,” said Chris Higgins, who took his dog to the Lake of the Isles dog park. “There are very few people outside and I enjoy nature as much as I would a. “Another day. I love being outside. This is part of it.”

Other dog owners in the park say that while temperatures are certainly cold, a combination of warm clothing and minimal time outside has allowed them to be bearable.

“I definitely need to go more layers here,” said Justin Rose, who took his dog Rosa to the park. “I think I got three shirts on, plus a jacket or so. And so on [my dog] also needs her jacket. “

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While the few who were willing to risk the cold enjoyed the time outside of Sunday, for others it is not a walk in the park to fight the temperatures. Late Saturday night, crews with Burnsville fire had to summon Metro Transit buses to keep warm while fighting a fire.

“It just adds another dynamic to what we need to think about when we’re there,” Cpt said. Chris Walker. “Usually, the first ones you know, 15 to 30 minutes, you’re fine, it’s not really bothering you. tend to really think about it. It is only when you stop that you get really cold. “

Doctors recommend anyone who has lost sensation in their toes or fingers due to the cold to get to a warm area immediately. Once there, they advise to soak the area in warm water – not hot – to avoid burns.

While Sunday for many became a day to enjoy indoors instead of outdoors, others say the cold is part of the true experience of living in Minnesota.

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“It’s like the texture of life,” Michael Burgdorf said. “We will experience life as a minus, whatever it is today, 20 something, 30 something, and we will experience life above 100 degrees. And that’s pretty cool, as you know, not a whole lot of people around the world can say. “

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