Current COVID-19 situation

People arriving in Yukon must self-isolate for 14 days.

Yukon COVID-19 test results updated: April 1, 2020 – 15:00

Total people tested 722
        Confirmed cases 6
                Recovered cases 3
        Negative results 690
        Pending results 26

April 1, 2020 – Update on COVID-19

Air travellers

  • Air North staff are greeting all travellers arriving at Erik Neilson Whitehorse International Airport with any airline.
  • Air North staff give people arriving guidance and instruct that they must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms.
  • Passengers receive guidance before they deplane.
  • COVID-19 information is displayed on airport screens.
  • All people arriving in Yukon are ordered to go straight home and into self-isolation for 14 days.

If people cannot safely self-isolate at home, they should contact COVID19info@gov.yk.ca to be linked with the team supporting people who cannot self-isolate at home.

Support for vulnerable people

Several measures are in place at the Government of Yukon’s Whitehorse Emergency Shelter to help keep guests and staff safe during the pandemic.

  • Actively monitoring guests for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Reducing the number of people gathering in the shelter at the same time, while still providing essential services and prioritizing people who are most in need.
  • Carrying out safe spacing and additional cleaning to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Educating guests about physical distancing, increased hygiene and coughing etiquette.
  • Staff have accommodation ready for guests who may need to isolate.
  • Helping people who don’t require additional support to find alternative, temporary accommodation.

The government is sharing guidance and resources such as a screening tool with non-governmental organizations across the territory that provide services for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness so they can help protect clients, staff and volunteers.

Work camp guidelines

Guidelines have been issued for work camps during the pandemic, including how to help staff who have symptoms or who are required to self-isolate, how to practice safe spacing and enhanced hygiene, and how to handle food.

Read the information bulletin.

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March 30, 2020 – Update on COVID-19

Hospital preparedness

Whitehorse General Hospital is:

  • preparing for the pandemic;
  • planning how to potentially accommodate a high volume of COVID-19 patients;
  • putting physical distancing measures in place; and
  • planning for the effective management of resources such as staff, equipment and supplies.

Contact tracing

We are doing contact tracing of people who test positive for COVID-19. This may include contacting certain people who sat in specific rows on a certain flight.

Safe spacing

A very effective way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 is to keep a 2-metre (6-feet) distance between yourself and other people.

Help stop the spread of the virus

We remind Yukoners that other powerful ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19 are:

  • frequent hand-washing;
  • covering coughs and sneezes; and
  • avoiding face touching.

Read the information bulletin.

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March 26, 2020

Potential COVID-19 exposure

The Government of Yukon is notifying Yukoners of 2 possible sources of COVID-19 exposure in the territory.

If you attended these specific places, you may have been exposed to COVID-19:

Bethany Church

  • March 8: Sunday morning gathering or the “Kids Zone”
  • March 15: Sunday morning gathering

Elias Dental

  • March 9 to 13; or
  • March 16

As a precaution, any people who attended these places on these days are to monitor themselves for the following symptoms for up to 14 days and phone 811 if they develop them:

  • fever;
  • cough; or
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Read the information bulletin.

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March 25, 2020

Services for hospital outpatients

Yukon hospitals are suspending all non-urgent or routine services from Thursday, March 26. This includes:

  • bloodwork and lab tests;
  • x-rays;
  • CT scans and other imaging services;
  • physiotherapy;
  • occupational therapy; and
  • specialist appointments.

Health care insurance

Temporary absences have been extended to allow clients until June 30, 2020, to sign in with Insured Health and Hearing Services. New registrations will be able to register by phone but will still have to fulfill a waiting period before being eligible for Yukon Health Care Insurance.

Respiratory Assessment Centre

The Respiratory Assessment Centre in Whitehorse is now open. To go to the centre, Yukoner's require a referral from:

  • 811;
  • a family doctor;
  • Yukon Communicable Disease Control; or
  • a hospital emergency department.

Find out more about the Respiratory Assessment Centre.

Self-isolation

Anyone arriving in Yukon must self-isloate for 14 days. People must not stop to get groceries or make visits but go straight home and then arrange the support they need.

Yukoners need to self-isolate if they have been identified as a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation means:

  • staying at home for 14 days;
  • monitoring for symptoms; and
  • avoiding close contact with other people.

Find information on self-isolation.

Read the information bulletin.

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March 22, 2020

Non-essential travel outside of territory and into rural Yukon

We advise that:

  • people do not travel to, or from, Yukon;
  • Yukoners outside of the territory return home, now; and
  • people do not travel to Yukon’s rural communities.

Advice for all travellers

Self-isolation

Anyone arriving by air or road has to self-isolate for 14 days, including travel from:

  • within Canada;
  • the US (Alaska); and
  • overseas.
If you cannot safely self-isolate at home

Email covid19info@gov.yk.ca for information and advice.

If you have symptoms

Phone 811 to get advice on COVID-19 testing, if you have the following:

  • cough;
  • fever; or
  • difficulty breathing.

Restaurants

  • Must immediately reduce their seating capacity to 50%.
  • Must space people 2 metres (6 feet) apart.
  • Prepare to offer take-out and delivery service only as of opening on March 26.

Bars

As of closing time on March 22, all bars are closed until further notice.

Personal service businesses

Must close by end of day, Wednesday, March 25.

This includes:

  • hair salons;
  • barber shops;
  • tattoo parlors;
  • nail salons; and
  • massage therapists.

Social gatherings

Limited to 10 people

Gatherings of 10 people and under

Space of 2 metres (6 feet) between people.

Do not go to any gathering if you:

  • Have any flu-like symptoms
  • Are over 65 years of age.
  • Have an underlying health condition.
  • Work in:
    • healthcare;
    • a healthcare facility; or
    • other essential services.

Read the information bulletin.

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March 20, 2020

Hospitals

Surgery

  • Whitehorse General Hospital suspended all scheduled, non-urgent surgery procedures from Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • The hospital continues to provide surgical care for urgent and emergency cases.

Appointments

The hospital will contact you.

Visits

  • No visitors are allowed at the territory’s 3 hospitals.
  • There are limited exceptions; contact the hospital.
  • Hospitals will ask anyone coming to visit about their:
    • reason for the visit;
    • symptoms; and
    • travel history.

Child care programs

Day cares and child care centres do not need to close.

811 changes

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever;
  • cough; or
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

If you phone 811 you’ll 3 options

Press 1

If you have symptoms not related to COVID-19.

Press 2

If you have a cough, fever or shortness or breath, and you:

  • travelled outside Yukon; or
  • had contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
Press 3

To speak to ask us questions about COVID-19.

Self-assessment tool

You can access an online self-assessment tool if you have concerns about COVID-19.

Launch the self-assessment tool.

Respiratory assessment centre

The Government of Yukon is setting up a respiratory assessment centre in Whitehorse. This will be for people with acute respiratory illness such as influenza or COVID-19 who need medical assessment.

Read the information bulletin.

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March 18, 2020

Schools

Classes are suspended at all Yukon public schools until April 15, or until further notice.

Public facilities

All public indoor recreational facilities closed until further notice:

  • the Canada Games Centre;
  • ice rinks; and
  • recreation centres.

Hospitals

All 3 Yukon hospitals are closed to visitors, with limited exceptions.

Libraries

Closed until further notice.

Read the information bulletin.

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March 16, 2020

Long-term care facilities

Closed to volunteers and visitors.

Spring break day camps, or daycare

We ask that parents or caregivers keep their children home from spring break day camps, or daycare, if they can. Fewer children in camps or daycares will help limit any spread.

Work from home

We ask people to work from home if they are able to. We ask that employers look for ways to support employees to work from home where possible.

Read the information bulletin.

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