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Health unit reports 8th COVID-related death so far this month

Of the 31 deaths reported in the region this year, 25.8% have been reported in May
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The Porcupine Health Unit. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting the eighth COVID-related death so far this month. 

Of the 31 deaths reported in the region this year, 25.8 per cent have been reported in May. A COVID-related death means the virus was the cause of, or a factor in, the person's death.

While the health unit doesn't report the age range or location of COVID-related deaths, provincial data gives a closer look at who's being affected.

The people who have died so far this year include one woman in her 50s, three women and four men in their 60s, three women and nine men in their 70s, three women and five men in their 80s, and two men in their 90s. Fifteen were related to outbreaks. Data on the most recent death is not available yet.

Today, 24 new cases of the virus were also reported in the region, though access to PCR testing is limited. 

There are 18 hospitalizations. Of those, five people were admitted due to the virus and 13 were admitted for other reasons and later tested positive.

To date, 7,148 cases have been reported in the Porcupine Health Unit region since the start of the pandemic and 62 people have died. There are 34 known active cases — 11 in Timmins, two in the area of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Smooth Rock Falls, six in the Kapuskasing area, two in Hearst and Hornepayne and 13 in the James and Hudson Bay regions.