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By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Officials in Camden are among the latest to declare a code blue emergency in an effort to get the homeless off the streets and into a warm place.

Camden officials say their decision Tuesday afternoon was prompted by the continuing bitter cold temperatures and biting winds that make it feel like it’s in the teens and low 20’s.

Code Blue alerts have been in effect for Philadelphia and Montgomery counties and Burlington County in New Jersey since the weekend.

And while there’s no formal Code Blue in Bucks County, a number of church groups and homeless advocates, especially in Lower Bucks, are opening shelters and reaching out to the homeless.

In Morrisville, police confirm the first death as a result of the cold.

The body of 56-year-old Paulette Wilkie was found Sunday behind a deli on Bridge Street.

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the Office of Supportive Housing is asking for the public’s help in reaching out to the homeless. If you spot someone who may need help, you can call the Outreach Hotline at 215-232-1984, that’s 215-232-1984.

Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio

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