The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) has reported that a man in his 50s passed away due to complications from COVID-19 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) on Thursday night.
This is the first COVID-19 related death in the TBDHU region.
“This is a sad day,” said Dr. Janet DeMille, TBDHU medical officer of health. “We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the individual who passed away.”
The public health agency reported the death on Friday April 24, and said the man had underlying health conditions.
“Out of respect for the family of this individual, no further details will be shared at this time,” reads a news release from the TBDHU.
The health unit is reminding residents in the TBDHU catchment area to continue to follow COVID-19 protocols put in place by public health.
“This somber 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,” reads the news release from the TBDHU.