The State Medical Examiner has confirmed that a 55-year-old New Castle County man is Delaware’s first heat-related death of the year after he was found unresponsive Wednesday in an outdoor setting.
The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the man’s death an accident, finding that he had an underlying medical condition; the ME says heat exposure contributed to the man’s death.
Delaware’s Division of Public Health says the man’s death is a reminder of the danger that excessive temperatures and humidity can have on everyone, but especially those who are medically vulnerable. It’s important for Delawareans to have an emergency plan for a heat wave, just as they do for a hurricane or a snowstorm.
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