Algoma Public Health is reporting the second COVID-19 related death in the Algoma District.
Dr. Jennifer Loo, the medical officer of health, offered condolences to the family and out of respect to them, no further information will be shared.
She adds there are 11 active cases with one person currently hospitalized.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts medical officer of health Dr. Penny Sutcliffe reports that laboratory testing has revealed a possible case of the more highly transmissible strain of the virus.
She says further sequencing of the sample is underway and the findings are expected within days.
Dr. Sutcliffe adds the individual is doing well and has a history of international travel which required quarantine and the helped to contain the virus.
The agency is also reported 12 new cases in the City of Greater Sudbury bringing the total number of active cases to 77.
Jason Turnbull of Health Sciences North says there are 16 patients admitted to the hospital with nine confirmed cases of COVID and testing underway for the other seven.
In a related story, Public Health Sudbury & Districts is confirming that this week marks the start of the much-anticipated vaccination program for residents of long-term care and high-risk retirement homes.
Medical officer of health Dr. Penny Sutcliffe says the agency is receiving shipments of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over the next two weeks in quantities sufficient to immunize all residents of the facilities in its service area by February 5th.
She adds this is wonderful news for the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts since vaccines are a critical tool in the fight against the virus.
She adds area long-term care homes will be sequenced over the next two weeks based on vaccine availability, COVID-19 case rates and outbreaks, and other factors such as logistics to avoid vaccine wastage.
Dr. Sutcliffe says the news follows on the successful vaccination of residents, staff and essential care givers of the Wikwemikong Nursing Home on January 13.