News releases about the COVID-19 pandemic: 2022

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May 12, 2022: Second COVID-19 boosters offered for people aged 50 and over

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has recommended second COVID-19 boosters to Yukoners who are aged 50 and over.

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May 3, 2022: The Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine is now available

Yukoners who are 18 years of age and older and have not received another type of COVID-19 vaccine can now get the Novavax Nuvaxovid vaccine. 

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April 19, 2022: Long-term care outbreak declared at Whistle Bend Place

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Whistle Bend Place in Whitehorse.


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April 13, 2022: Statement from Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kancir on assessing your COVID-19 risk during Easter

“With the long weekend approaching and increased COVID-19 risk across the Yukon, it’s as important as ever to consider your COVID-19 risk before attending a dinner party, cultural or faith-based gathering or other Easter or spring event."

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April 12, 2022: Council of Yukon First Nations donates rapid molecular tests to the Yukon government

The Council of Yukon First Nations has donated close to 4,000 rapid molecular tests to the Yukon government for use at Yukon community health centres.

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April 7, 2022: Second COVID-19 boosters available for specific populations of Yukoners

On April 5, 2022, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) provided recommendations on the use of second COVID-19 boosters for people at high-risk for severe illness due to COVID-19. 

In support of these recommendations, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has recommended second boosters to Yukoners who are 70 years of age or older, seniors living in long-term care or other senior congregate living settings and immunocompromised Yukoners.

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April 6, 2022: An outbreak at Copper Ridge Place declared

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Copper Ridge Place.

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April 4, 2022: Vaccination requirement lifted for most workers 

Starting today, the Yukon government is lifting the vaccination requirement for most workers. Vaccination will continue to be required for employees, contractors, and volunteers working in high-risk settings in the territory.

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April 4, 2022: Third call for COVID-19 Recovery Research Program launched

The Government of Yukon is pleased to announce its third and final call for proposals under the Yukon COVID-19 Recovery Research Program.

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March 25, 2022: Outbreak at Whitehorse General Hospital declared

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Whitehorse General Hospital.

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March 25, 2022: New Omicron variants of concern present in the Yukon

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has confirmed Omicron variants BA.1 and BA.2 are present in the Yukon. Currently the BA.1 is the dominant variant in the Yukon.

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March 23, 2022: New COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund available for non-profits and non-governmental organizations

In partnership with Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon, the Government of Yukon is launching a short-term COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund for non-profits and non-governmental organizations.

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March 22, 2022: Vaccination requirement continues for workers in high-risk settings in the Yukon

As of April 4, 2022, COVID-19 vaccination will continue to be required for employees, contractors and volunteers working in high-risk settings in the Yukon.

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March 22, 2022: At-home rapid testing distribution continues to expanded in the Yukon

The Government of Yukon is working with businesses and partners to expand the availability of free COVID-19 at-home rapid test kits.

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March 18, 2022: Government of Yukon reviewing Civil Emergency Measures Act and Public Health and Safety Act

The Government of Yukon is reviewing the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) and Public Health and Safety Act (PHSA) to identify how the Yukon can be better prepared to address future emergencies.

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March 18, 2022: Masking and proof of vaccination requirements lifted 

Starting today, the Yukon government is lifting the requirement to wear a mask in public spaces and the requirement to show proof of vaccination to access designated settings for people who are 19 years of age or older. 

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March 16, 2022: The Yukon ends State of Emergency

The Government of Yukon is ending the State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 on Thursday, March 17, at 11:59 p.m.

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March 11, 2022: Joint statement from Minister of Health and Social Services and the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health on the National Day of Observance for COVID-19

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March 10, 2022: Twenty-third Yukon resident dies of COVID-19

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting another death of a Yukon resident from COVID-19. 

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March 2, 2022: COVID-19 public health measures continue to ease

The Government of Yukon will be lifting all COVID-19 public health measures in the coming weeks.

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March 2, 2022: Total deaths due to COVID-19 rises to 22

The Yukon confirms the deaths of another Yukon citizen from COVID-19. This brings the total to 22 since the start of the pandemic.

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March 1, 2022: The total deaths due to COVID-19 rises to 21

The Yukon confirms the death of another Yukon citizen from COVID-19. This brings the total to 21 since the start of the pandemic.

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February 28, 2022: New hours of service at the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre

COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre’s will now be open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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February 28, 2022: Canadian Paediatric Society emphasizes the importance of COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth

The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) position statement confirms the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for children and adolescents.

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February 24, 2022: More public health measures to be eased in the Yukon

The Government of Yukon is continuing to ease public health measures.

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February 21, 2022: COVID-19 outbreak ends at Thomson Centre long-term care home

The outbreak at Thomson Centre long-term care home has ended.

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February 18, 2022: New COVID-19 dashboard provides Yukoners with more data

The Yukon government has released a new dashboard that will provide Yukoners with COVID-19 related data.

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February 17, 2022: Public health measures continue to ease in the Yukon

Effective February 18, public health measures will ease for indoor organized events, bars, restaurants and more.

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February 15, 2022: COVID-19 at-home rapid testing distribution expands in Whitehorse

COVID-19 at-home rapid tests are now available to all Yukoners and a new distribution location will open downtown Whitehorse.

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February 11, 2022: Government of Yukon temporarily expanding practice options for pharmacists

Temporary expanded practice options for Yukon pharmacists now in effect.

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February 10, 2022: Public health measures eased for adult indoor team sports, recreational group activities and personal indoor gatherings

Effective February 11, limits will increase for adult indoor team sports, group activities and personal indoor gatherings.

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February 9, 2022: At-home rapid tests to be available at pop-up event in Whitehorse

Rapid COVID-19 test kits are available to all Yukoners this Saturday at the Centennial Motors test distribution site.

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February 9, 2022: Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Thomson Centre long-term care home

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health declares outbreak at Thomson Centre long-term care home and extension to the outbreak at Whistle Bend Place.

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February 7, 2022: Additional COVID-19 deaths reported in the Yukon

The Yukon confirms the deaths of two more Yukon citizens from COVID-19. This brings the totals to 20 since the start of the pandemic.

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February 4, 2022: Limits for indoor team sports increase for ages 18 and under

Effective February 5, limits on indoor recreational team sports for youth 18 years of age and under will increase.

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February 4, 2022: COVID-19 boosters for ages 12 to 17 and third doses for immunocompromised children five to 11

Starting Monday, February 7, Yukoners aged 12 to 17, who are fully vaccinated, will be eligible for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if they are six months past their second dose.

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February 4, 2022: Limits for indoor team sports increase for ages 18 and under

Based on new recommendations from the Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Government of Yukon is easing public health measures.

Effective February 5, 2022, limits on indoor recreational team sports for youth 18 years of age and under will increase to 25 people or 50 per cent of venue capacity, whichever is less.

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February 4, 2022: Joint statement from Minister of Health and Social Services and acting Chief Medical Officer of Health in support of front line workers

Read the statement from Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee and Yukon’s acting-Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott.


February 3, 2022: The Yukon's state of emergency extended

The Government of Yukon has extended the State of Emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) in response to COVID-19. The State of Emergency will be extended for up to 90 days and can be lifted at any time before then if it is no longer needed.

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February 1, 2022: Statement on the vaccine requirement for Government of Yukon employees

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January 25, 2022: COVID-19 rapid tests going to Yukon schools, early learning programs and communities

With the support of its partners, the Government of Yukon is expanding the availability of take-home, self-administered rapid COVID-19 tests to schools, licensed early learning and child care (ELCC) programs, and communities throughout the Yukon.

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January 24, 2022: Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Whistle Bend Place

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has declared an outbreak at the Whistle Bend Place long-term care home following the identification of COVID-19 cases among staff and residents in three houses.  

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January 21, 2022: Sixteenth Yukon resident dies of COVID-19

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has reported another death of a Yukon citizen from COVID-19.

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January 18, 2022: Statement on new COVID-19 treatment PAXLOVID

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January 18: 2022: New temporary public health measures now in force

Stronger public health measures needed to address the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Yukon are now enforceable under the Civil Emergency Measures Act.

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January 14, 2022: Stronger public health measures needed to address rapid spread of COVID-19

The Government of Yukon is strengthening public health measures to address the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Yukon as a result of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

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January 12, 2022: Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Copper Ridge Place

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has declared an outbreak in a unit at the Copper Ridge Place long-term care home.

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January 11, 2022:  Travel recommendations from the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is recommending that Yukoners returning from domestic travel monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and self-isolate when they are sick.  

This new recommendation removes the recommendation to reduce contacts for the three or five day period following travel that were included in the holiday guidelines on Yukon.ca. This change is being made to reflect that COVID-19 activity in similar in the Yukon to that outside the territory.

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January 10, 2022:  The Yukon is providing take-home, self-administered rapid COVID-19 tests for people with symptoms

To help meet the growing demand for testing in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Government of Yukon is providing rapid antigen tests to Yukoners with symptoms of COVID-19 free of charge.

These take-home, self-administered rapid antigen tests are available for symptomatic people who do not meet the requirements for a lab-based PCR test based on the territory’s new testing approach. Yukoners can pick up one test kit per symptomatic person in their household until 3 p.m. today at the Takhini Arena drive-thru in Whitehorse. Drive-thru pick up will be available Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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January 8, 2022: Additional public health measures in force

Additional public health measures intended to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and limit impacts on the Yukon’s health care system are now enforceable under the Civil Emergency Measures Act.

These additional temporary public health measures are based on recommendations from the Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health.

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January 6, 2022: Government of Yukon updates COVID-19 testing approach

Based on the recommendations of the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Government of Yukon is adjusting its approach to testing for COVID-19 in response to the advent of the new Omicron variant of concern.

With widespread community transmission of Omicron throughout the territory and across Canada, there is no longer the capacity to use lab-based PCR tests for most people to confirm whether they have COVID-19.

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January 3, 2022: Omicron cases increasing quickly

Covid-19 case counts are on the rise in the territory with 158 new cases since Friday, December 31, 2021, 245 active cases and 32 per cent test positivity rate.

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health is urging the public to stay home when sick with even the mildest of symptoms.  

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