Man with a jacket on warming up his hands with his breathCold-related Illness

Cold-related illness is a weather-related condition that occurs when the body is exposed to cold temperatures for a long period of time. Prolonged exposure to the cold can be dangerous and life-threatening. The most common cold-related illnesses in Maine are hypothermia and frostbite. Tracking emergency department visits and hospitalizations for cold-related illness helps to understand how Mainers are affected by exposure to cold temperatures.

What data are available?

Maine tracks the following measures associated with cold-related illness:

  • Near real-time data (daily emergency department visits)
  • Emergency department (ED) visits (annual summaries)
  • Hospitalizations

Near Real-time preview