Paramedics have responded to 50 calls for hypothermia or frostbite in the past four days as a biting cold mass of air hovers over the province and Arctic outflow winds sweep across the central and southern coasts.
At Christmas, BC Emergency Health Services responded to nine such calls – one in the Fraser Health area, three in Interior Health, two in Northern Health, one in Vancouver Coastal Health and two in Island Health.
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On the second day of Christmas, there were 13 calls – three in both the Northern and Fraser Health areas, five in Interior Health, one in Vancouver Coastal and one in Island Health.
The numbers rose on December 27th. There were six inquiries to Fraser Health, five to Interior Health and three to Vancouver Coastal Health for a total of 14.
On Tuesday, the total number matched with three calls in Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health areas, five in Interior Health, one in Northern Health and two in Island Health.
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There were only nine calls for hypothermia or frostbite within the same time frame last year, BCEHS confirmed.
For several days, Environment Canada has placed large parts of BC under extreme cold, Arctic outflow and snowfall.
Wind chill values between minus 20 C and minus 50 C have been in the forecast for several parts of the province, and several cities from Vancouver to Bella Bella broke records for the coldest temperatures on a calendar day.
In the four days before the holidays, BCEHS said it responded to 17 exposure calls – eight on December 21, three on December 22, two on December 23 and four on December 24.
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