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Health Unit reporting first COVID-19 related death in Sudbury

Man in his 70s from Greater Sudbury is Sudbury's first confirmed COVID-19 death
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Public Health Sudbury and Districts is reporting two new cases of COVID-19, one of whom is deceased.

The deceased individual is a male in his 70s from Greater Sudbury. Out of respect for the family, no further information is being shared.

The other individual, also from Greater Sudbury, is a male in his 50s. Both have a history of international travel.

“I am deeply saddened by this loss of life, and as a supportive, compassionate, and connected community, we extend our most sincere condolences to the family and friends,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Sudbury & Districts Medical Officer of Health.

“More than ever, we need to be able to reach out and count on each other despite our critical need to keep physical distance from one another.

“This somber event stresses the seriousness of the situation we are facing. We must all take the necessary steps to stay safe. Each of us has an obligation to our loved ones, neighbours, and community to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. We know that COVID-19 is spreading in our community. We know that lives are at stake."

The man in his 50s is Sudbury's 18th case of COVID-19 and is currently self-isolating.

If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, follow these steps:

 Step 1: Isolate yourself right away. Learn how to self-isolate at www.phsd.ca/health-topics-programs/diseases-infections/coronavirus#isolate

 Step 2: If you are having difficulty breathing or are experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911.

 Step 3: Find out if you should seek medical attention. Use the online self-assessment tool at www.phsd.ca/health-topics-programs/diseases-infections/coronavirus#suspect  or call your health care provider, a local COVID-19 assessment centre, or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

Step 4: For general information about COVID-19, call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200) or visit www.phsd.ca/COVID-19.