TBDHU Reports First COVID-19 Death in District

Dr. Janett De Mille TBDHU
Dr. Janett De Mille TBDHU

THUNDER BAY – The first person in the Thunder Bay District has died as a result of COVID-19. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) has reported the first death in the TBDHU region.

TBDHU reports that a male in his 50’s, with underlying health conditions, passed away last night at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre due to complications from COVID-19.

Out of respect for the family of this individual, no further details will be shared at this time.

“This is a sad day. We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the individual who passed away,” says Dr. Janet DeMille, Medical Officer of Health.

“This sad development will weigh heavily on people across our region. We all hoped that our community would be spared,” said Dr. Stewart Kennedy, Incident Manager of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s COVID-19 response. “We now hope for no more deaths related to COVID-19. Please, stay home if you can.”

This sombre event stresses the seriousness of the situation the TBDHU region is facing. Everyone has an obligation to do his or her part to reduce the spread of the virus in our region. Measures you can take to protect yourselves and reduce the spread of the virus to others.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least twenty seconds with soap and water, or use hand-sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding close contact with other people. This means staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) apart from
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces around you, especially high touch surfaces, for example, phones and door

Test results are available directly from the provincial laboratory system through an online portal. This Online Portal to access COVID-19 test results was launched on Sunday by the Government of Ontario and offers fast and secure access to test results on a computer or mobile device.

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.

If individuals in self-isolation develop symptoms, they should contact the Thunder Bay District Health Unit at (807) 625-5900 or toll-free: 1-888-294-6630.

From all of us at NetNewsLedger we express our condolences to the family and friends and implore all of our readers and viewers to stay the proper course of social distancing and self-isolation.

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