Two days after surpassing 16,000 total cases throughout the pandemic, Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported the first new COVID-19 related death in the month of June.
No new deaths had been reported since the end of May, holding the total steady at 150 deaths for over 18 days. The newly reported death breaks that trend, bring the total to 151 COVID-related deaths since March 2020, when the pandemic began.
The person who died lived somewhere in the District of Sudbury.
Public Health reported that the new death is only the seventh reported in the region where the cause of death is unknown. In most cases where a person's death is attributed to COVID-19, the virus is either the underlying cause of the death (as in 109 cases), or a contributor but not the underlying cause (in 35 cases).
The health unit also recorded 30 new confirmed cases of the virus in the region. With 33 cases resolved since Wednesday’s report, there are currently 81 active cases of COVID-19 in the area. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, 16,055 cases have been recorded in the Sudbury-Manitoulin area.
Cases of COVID-19 in admitted hospital patients in the region, meanswhile, have seen a drop. Currently, only 15 patients have a confirmed case of COVID-19, a drop from the 29 cases recorded Wednesday. Of those patients, six were admitted because of the virus, while nine were admitted for other reasons.
There are now no patients with COVID-19 in an area intensive care unit. Previously, only one patient, admitted to intensive care for reasons other than COVID, was in the ICU on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, no changes have been reported in the number of active outbreaks across the arrea. Two outbreaks remain ongoing at Health Sciences North. Both were first reported last week.
To date, 81.9 per cent of Sudbury-Manitoulin residents have received at least two shots or are fully vaccinated. Vaccination efforts continue this week.
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Mia Jensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star