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People on Delmarva React to Bitter Cold

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SALISBURY, Md. – A miserable freeze has gripped Delmarva and people are doing everything they can to stay warm. 

For David and Pamela Long, the wait at a Salisbury bus stop was brutal Friday morning. 

"It's very frigid," Pamela said. 

"Sometimes it's a little demoralizing because of the wind and the cold weather," added David.

In a recent report, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said three more people have died as a result of cold weather this winter. The deaths include a woman over age 65 who died in Charles County. Two others died in Baltimore City: a man between the ages of 45 and 64, and a woman over age 65.  A total of 19 people have died this winter due to the cold, according to the DHMH.

Garth Messinger of Eden put on extra layers Friday morning before he left his home.

" I've got two pairs of  long johns on and a pair of sweat pants, two pairs of socks, my big boots,and I've got three shirts on with a sweatshirt and another sweatshirt over it, “ Messinger said.

State health officials encourage people to keep an eye out for signs of frostbite. Signs include hard, pale skin that goes numb when exposed.

Hypothermia is another concern. Symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, slurred speech and bluish, puffy skin.

To avoid cold-related dangers, officials said you should keep your head covered to retain body heat, and wear loose layers of clothing to create insulation. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from cold air.

"I hope everybody stays warm and keeps antifreeze in their car, and I think we'll all make it through," said Michael Ward, who stopped by a local gas station for a warm cup of coffee.

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