"[There's] a slow warming trend," Roche said. "It seems like every day [will] warm up a little bit, but the warm is misplaced because it's going to continue to be below freezing Thursday."
Emergency rooms at Charleston Area Medical Center, Thomas Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital did not see any increases in patients because of cold weather, but at least one of the homeless shelters in the Charleston area was expecting more traffic.
Workers at the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center typically see more people at their men's shelter on Leon Sullivan Way during the winter. The center has 60 beds, but keeps cots and mats on hand to accommodate more when there's a need, said CEO Alex Alston.
Monday night, there were more than 70 men at the shelter, Alston said.
Being above capacity is normal for the shelter, he said, but during the winter, men typically come earlier in the day to get out of the cold.
"It's cold, it's miserable," Alston said. "I would not want to be out there, I know. That's why we've got to make sure we have a place [for them to stay]."
The cold weather did not have the same effect at Sojourner's Shelter in Charleston, officials there said.
"Our statistics don't go down because it's summer," director Margaret Taylor said. "Most people think that, but it's no longer true. We have just as many people in the summer as we do in the winter."
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