Algoma Public Health reports seventh death related to COVID-19

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Another person has died as a result of COVID-19, Algoma Public Healt (APH) announced Monday.

It marks the seventh death connected to the disease since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The last COVID-related death was on May 24.

“Algoma Public Health offers sincere condolences to the family, friends, and caregivers affected by this loss and throughout this difficult time,” Dr. Jennifer Loo, medical officer of health, said in a news release.

"This tragic loss highlights the seriousness of this virus," the release said.

"APH commends all those who have worked to prevent COVID-19 spread in our communities. We ask every Algoma resident to continue doing their part to protect our community members, including getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19."

With this announcement, there are 10 active cases of COVID-19 in the Algoma District and one person is in hospital with the disease. Since the pandemic began, 423 of the 433 total cases confirmed among residents in the district have been resolved, including the seven COVID-related deaths. The Alpha, Delta, and Gamma variants have been detected among the 117 cases involving a variant of concern.

Eighty-four per cent of the eligible population ages 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 77.3% have been fully vaccinated.