Information current

September 17, 2021

There are exposure notices in our community. Keep practising the Safe 6 plus 1. For COVID-19 medical questions, phone 811; for non-medical COVID-19 questions email covid19info@yukon.ca.

Information for people who might have been exposed to COVID-19

We work closely with Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC) and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure necessary measures are in place to protect Yukoners. 

Find out about self-isolation.

Contacts or household contacts

What is a contact?

A contact means you've been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • talking for 15 minutes without physical distancing;
  • sneezing or coughing on somebody;
  • sharing a vape;
  • sharing a drink; or
  • kissing.

What is a household contact?

A household contact is someone you spend long periods of time with without physical distancing. Examples include, but are not limited to someone who:

  • lives in your house, such as a parent, sibling or roommate; or
  • does not live in your house but who you spend lots of time with, such as a best friend or partner.
If you are a contact or household contact of someone with COVID-19

If you're identified as contact or household contact by Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC), you need to:

  • self-isolate for 14-days;
  • monitor for symptoms; and
  • get tested if you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Book a COVID-19 test.

What if YCDC gives you different advice?

If YCDC gives you advice that's different from this, follow the advice of the YCDC health professionals.

Exemption for fully vaccinated people

You're a contact

If you're a contact and fully vaccinated you do not need to self-isolate. You must self-monitor for symptoms.

You're a household contact

If you're a household contact and fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate.

If you are not a contact or household contact

If YCDC has not identified you as contact or household contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-monitor for symptoms.

Book a COVID-19 test

Anyone can book a COVID-19 test, including teens and youth.

Book a COVID-19 test:

  • online; or
  • phone 867-393-3083.

If you cannot make your appointment, cancel so that someone else can get tested at that time.

Common questions

Can you go to work?

  • If you have been asked to self-isolate you cannot go to work.
  • If you're experiencing any symptoms, do not go to work. Make sure to self-isolate and get tested.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms to self-monitor for are:

  • fever/chills;
  • cough;
  • shortness of breath;
  • runny nose;
  • sore throat;
  • headache;
  • loss of taste or smell;
  • fatigue;
  • loss of appetite;
  • nausea and vomiting;
  • diarrhea; and
  • muscle aches.

If you have symptoms, even if they are mild you should:

  • self isolate; and
  • get tested

If you were told to self-monitor

Self-monitoring means check in with yourself throughout the day. If you experience any symptoms, no matter how mild, you need to self-isolate and get tested.

Can you get vaccinated while you're self-isolating?

You must wait until you've completed your 14-day self-isolation before booking your COVID-19 vaccine. Book your COVID-19 vaccine.

Can you get tested if you do not have symptoms?

If you do not have any symptoms, you're considered asymptomatic. Asymptomatic tests are not being offered at this time. Continue to self-monitor and if you become symptomatic, get tested.

If your friend's friend was at a party where someone tested positive for COVID-19. You saw your friend yesterday. Do you need to self-isolate?

You do not need to self-isolate. However, it’s important that you self-monitor for any symptoms and remember to practise the safe 6 and wear a mask when appropriate. If you start experiencing symptoms, get tested and self-isolate.

Can you visit anyone while in self-isolation?

You cannot visit anyone or go out in public if you're self-isolating. This includes:

  • your friends;
  • teammates;
  • seniors;
  • Elders; and
  • people who are immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions.

Can you visit with others who are self-isolating?

You cannot visit anyone while you're self-isolating. You may see people who are self-isolating in the same space as you.

If you have 1 dose of the vaccine do you need to self-isolate?

If you're partially vaccinated, you must self-isolate either if you're:

  • instructed to do so by Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC); or
  • experiencing any symptoms.

To be fully vaccinated, a full 14 days has to have passed since your 2nd dose of vaccine.

You live in a community outside of Whitehorse and you need to get tested, what do you do?

Contact your local health centre to discuss your options.

You tried to book a COVID-19 test today because you have symptoms, but they are full. What do you do?

Book a test for the following day. Self-isolate while you wait for your test.

What is a contact?

A contact means you've been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • talking for 15 minutes without physical distancing;
  • sneezing or coughing on somebody;
  • sharing a vape;
  • sharing a drink; or
  • kissing.

What is a household contact?

A household contact is someone you spend long periods of time with without physical distancing. Examples include, but are not limited to someone who:

  • lives in your house, such as a parent, sibling or roommate; or
  • does not live in your house but who you spend lots of time with, such as a best friend or partner.

If you're identified as contact or household contact by Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC), you need to:

  • self-isolate for 14-days;
  • monitor for symptoms; and
  • get tested if you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Book a COVID-19 test.

What if YCDC gives you different advice?

If YCDC gives you advice that's different from this, follow the advice of the YCDC health professionals.

Exemption for fully vaccinated people

You're a contact

If you're a contact and fully vaccinated you do not need to self-isolate. You must self-monitor for symptoms.

You're a household contact

If you're a household contact and fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate.

If YCDC has not identified you as contact or household contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-monitor for symptoms.

Anyone can book a COVID-19 test, including teens and youth.

Book a COVID-19 test:

  • online; or
  • phone 867-393-3083.

If you cannot make your appointment, cancel so that someone else can get tested at that time.

Can you go to work?

  • If you have been asked to self-isolate you cannot go to work.
  • If you're experiencing any symptoms, do not go to work. Make sure to self-isolate and get tested.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms to self-monitor for are:

  • fever/chills;
  • cough;
  • shortness of breath;
  • runny nose;
  • sore throat;
  • headache;
  • loss of taste or smell;
  • fatigue;
  • loss of appetite;
  • nausea and vomiting;
  • diarrhea; and
  • muscle aches.

If you have symptoms, even if they are mild you should:

  • self isolate; and
  • get tested

If you were told to self-monitor

Self-monitoring means check in with yourself throughout the day. If you experience any symptoms, no matter how mild, you need to self-isolate and get tested.

Can you get vaccinated while you're self-isolating?

You must wait until you've completed your 14-day self-isolation before booking your COVID-19 vaccine. Book your COVID-19 vaccine.

Can you get tested if you do not have symptoms?

If you do not have any symptoms, you're considered asymptomatic. Asymptomatic tests are not being offered at this time. Continue to self-monitor and if you become symptomatic, get tested.

If your friend's friend was at a party where someone tested positive for COVID-19. You saw your friend yesterday. Do you need to self-isolate?

You do not need to self-isolate. However, it’s important that you self-monitor for any symptoms and remember to practise the safe 6 and wear a mask when appropriate. If you start experiencing symptoms, get tested and self-isolate.

Can you visit anyone while in self-isolation?

You cannot visit anyone or go out in public if you're self-isolating. This includes:

  • your friends;
  • teammates;
  • seniors;
  • Elders; and
  • people who are immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions.

Can you visit with others who are self-isolating?

You cannot visit anyone while you're self-isolating. You may see people who are self-isolating in the same space as you.

If you have 1 dose of the vaccine do you need to self-isolate?

If you're partially vaccinated, you must self-isolate either if you're:

  • instructed to do so by Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC); or
  • experiencing any symptoms.

To be fully vaccinated, a full 14 days has to have passed since your 2nd dose of vaccine.

You live in a community outside of Whitehorse and you need to get tested, what do you do?

Contact your local health centre to discuss your options.

You tried to book a COVID-19 test today because you have symptoms, but they are full. What do you do?

Book a test for the following day. Self-isolate while you wait for your test.

Contact: 

If you have questions about self-isolation, email covid19info@yukon.ca or phone 1-877-374-0425.