The Timiskaming Health Unit has reported its first death related to COVID-19.
A man in his 80s died last night (Jan. 11), according to the health unit. He had been transferred to Health Sciences North in Sudbury Jan. 8. The case was not related to a long-term care outbreak.
"On behalf of all of us at THU, I would like to extend our most sincere sympathies to his family and loved ones,” said Dr. Glenn Corneil, acting Medical Officer of Health and CEO, in a news release.
“I am sorry that we have such a tragic reminder of how dangerous COVID-19 is and how important it is that we all follow public health measures. We need everyone to make the safest choices at the individual level to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable.”
To date, the Timiskaming Health Unit has reported 84 confirmed of the virus. Of those, there are 78 resolved cases.
Today, Ontario declared a state of emergency, the second since the start of the pandemic. Premier Doug Ford has also issued a stay-at-home order effective Thursday, Jan. 14.