The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) is reporting the first COVID-19 related death in Haliburton County.

This comes despite no new cases reported locally since February 9th.

“While the Health Unit cannot provide specifics about an individual case, there was unfortunately a recent death of a Haliburton County resident due to COVID-19,” Communications with HKPR Chandra Tremblay says. “The person had been hospitalized outside of the region for a non-COVID related issue and acquired COVID while in hospital.”

“(HKPR) as notified of the case earlier in February and the person was included in our case count as of February 10,” she continues. “The person remained in hospital, but due to issues with the data system, they were not included in our hospitalization or active case counts. The error was recently discovered, but the person had already died, and the death was reported in the Health Unit counts yesterday.”

Since the pandemic began, 51 cases of the coronavirus have been reported locally. As of February 24th, all cases on HKPR’s COVID-19 dashboard have been marked as resolved.