One new COVID-related death and 20 new cases are being reported in the Porcupine Health Unit region today (Jan. 17).
Since the health unit's last report on Friday, there have been 72 recoveries.
Today's death is the second announced this month. Before then, the last death related to the virus was in August. The health unit did not say where in the region the new deaths happened.
For the new cases, seven are in Timmins, six are in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Smooth Rock Falls, three are in the James Bay area, three are in Hearst and Hornepayne, and one is in the Kapuskasing area.
To date, there have been 3,815 confirmed cases in the region. Of those, 2,876 are recovered and 33 people have died. There are a record 906 known active cases — 527 in Timmins, 123 in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Smooth Rock Falls, 81 in the Kapuskasking area, 87 in Hearst and Hornepayne, 87 in the James Bay area, and one out of region.
Due to changes in testing, case numbers are underestimated.