Information current

August 2, 2021

Read exposure notices. As of August 4, 2021, you will not have to:

  • wear a mask in a public indoor space; and
  • self-isolate when returning from domestic travel.

Restaurants and bars can open at full capacity with no physical distancing at bar tops and counters.

Updates on COVID-19 pandemic

We provide a Facebook live update on COVID-19 every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Watch the latest COVID-19 video updates

We will not have a live update every time there are new cases unless the Chief Medical Officer of Health thinks it’s necessary. Read transcripts from the Facebook live COVID-19 updates.

Read the news releases from 2020.

August 2021

August 2, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

The Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting one additional death from COVID-19 and seven new cases of COVID-19 from 12 p.m. Friday, July 30 to 12 p.m. today. The number of active cases is currently at 60. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 603; 541 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in the Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory individuals who are diagnosed in the Yukon are counted in the active count but not in the case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 30, there are seven new cases:

  • Six cases in Whitehorse, one in rural Yukon.
  • The person who passed away was in their 40s and was not vaccinated.

Read the news release. 


August 1, 2021: public exposure notification

The Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued a public exposure notice for the 10 a.m. Air Canada flight from Whitehorse to Vancouver on Friday, July 23, 2021.

Public exposure notification 

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were on the following flight:

  • Friday, July 23, 2021
    • Air Canada 8890
    • Whitehorse to Vancouver
    • Departure 10 a.m., arrival 12:26 p.m.

This is a low-risk public notice. Anyone who was on this flight is asked to self-monitor and if symptoms appear, self-isolate, remain at home and arrange to get tested either by calling 867-393-3083 or booking a test online. Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing. Anyone on this flight who is not fully vaccinated should pay particular attention.

Read the news release. 

July 2021

July 30, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

The Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 7 new cases and 1 probable case of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Thursday, July 29, and 12 p.m. today. The number of active cases is currently at 78.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020, is 596; 534 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in the Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory individuals who are diagnosed in the Yukon are counted in the active count but not in the Yukon total case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

For the news cases since 12 p.m. on July 29, there are 7 new cases: 5 in Whitehorse and 3 in rural Yukon, including the probable case.

Since June 1, 2021, 451 people have recovered and there have been 5 deaths. There have been a total of 7 deaths since November 2020.

Read the news release.


July 29, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting one additional death from COVID-19 and seven new cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, to 12 p.m. today. The number of active cases is currently at 80.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 589; 526 cases since June 1, 2021, including out of territory residents diagnosed in the Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory individuals who are diagnosed in the Yukon are counted in the active count but not in the case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

For new cases since 12 p.m. on July 28, there are seven confirmed cases:

  • Cases are from across the Yukon.

Since June 1, 2021, 441 people have recovered.

"We are saddened to report another COVID-19 death and our deepest sympathies are with the family of the individual who passed away last night in hospital. An unfortunate fact was this person was not immunized. We are losing too many Yukoners to this virus. Please get vaccinated. Sooner or later, COVID-19 will find its way to the unvaccinated and they are at the greatest risk."

– Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley

Read the news release.


July 28, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

For the first time since June 5, the Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. The number of active cases is continuing to trend downward with the current active case count at 77.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 582; 519 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory cases who are diagnosed in Yukon are counted in the territory’s active count but not in the Yukon case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

  • Four hundred thirty-eight people have recovered since June 1, 2021.

Immunizers are returning to rural Yukon communities beginning this week and running through to the third week of August. Book an appointment online here They will be providing both first and second doses of Pfizer for youth born in 2009 and up to the age of 17 and Moderna for people 18 and over. While appointments are recommended, walk-ins will be welcome. Immunizers ask that if you have made an appointment and can’t attend to please let the health centre know so that vaccine is not wasted.

Read the news release.


July 28, 2021: Youth vaccine eligibility expands as mobile clinics return to Yukon communities

As immunizers continue to support rural Yukon communities and health centre staff by returning this week to run COVID-19 vaccine clinics, the eligibility for youth for the vaccine has now been expanded.

Anyone born in 2009, even if they have not yet turned 12 years old, is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. This is an important step before students start returning to school.

Read the news release. 


July 27, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 6 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Monday, July 26, and 12 p.m. today. For the 1st time in a week, there are more recoveries than new cases and this brings the active case count to 89. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020, is 582; 519 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory cases who are diagnosed in Yukon are counted in the territory's active count but not in the Yukon case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 26, there are 6 confirmed cases:

  • 3 in Whitehorse and 2 in rural Yukon
  • 1 out of territory resident present in Yukon
  • There are no new reported cases in Watson Lake for this time period

Read the news release.


July 26, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Friday, July 23, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 90.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020, is 579; 513 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. July 23, there are 28 confirmed cases.

  • The cases are spread throughout Yukon
  • Location confirmation is still pending

Since June 1, 2021, 419 people have recovered and there have been 4 deaths. There have been a total of 6 deaths since November 2020.

The rapid response testing team will remain in Watson Lake until end of day, Tuesday, July 27. Testing is taking place at the Watson Lake Recreation Centre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Read the news release


July 23, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon Medical Health Officer Dr. Jesse Kancir is reporting nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Thursday, July 22 and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 77. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 551; 483 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 22, there are nine confirmed cases:

  • Locations are split between Whitehorse and rural communities

Since June 1, 2021, 402 people have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

The rapid response testing team will be in Watson Lake from July 24 through to the end of the day July 26. Rapid testing will take place in the Watson Lake Recreation Centre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The importance of getting both vaccines to complete the series continues to be stressed. Rural Health Centres and the mass clinic in Whitehorse are continuing to offer first and second doses of Moderna vaccine. Contact your local health centre or book an appointment online at the clinic in Whitehorse. 

Read the news release. 


July 22, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 72.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 542; 474 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 21, there are seven confirmed cases:

  • Locations are yet to be confirmed

Since June 1, 2021, 398 people have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

Because of an increase in cases in Watson Lake, a rapid response testing team will arrive in the community on Friday, July 23, to begin testing the following day. Rapid testing will be available Saturday through Monday in the ambulance bay of the Watson Lake Community Hospital. More details will be available on Yukon.ca.

The Watson Lake Health Centre is hosting an adult vaccination clinic on Friday, July 23, for first and second dose Moderna from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again on Friday, July 30. Appointments can be made by visiting Yukon.ca or calling 1-877-3740425.

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to stress the importance of getting both vaccines to complete the series. Rural health centres and the mass clinic in Whitehorse are continuing to offer first and second doses of Moderna vaccine. Contact your local health centre or book an appointment online at the clinic in Whitehorse. 

Read the news release.


July 21, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 66. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 534; 465 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 20, there are seven confirmed cases:

  • Locations are yet to be confirmed

Since June 1, 2021, 395 people have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

Read the news release. 


July 21, 2021: Additional COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted as vaccine rate increases

As Yukon’s active case count continues to decline and vaccination rates increase in the territory and across Canada, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) has provided new recommendations regarding public health measures in place to protect Yukoners from COVID-19.

Effective August 4, the Yukon government will lift the requirement for people to self-isolate upon entry to the territory, the requirement to wear masks in indoor public spaces and the requirement for physical distancing at bars and restaurants, allowing these establishments to return to full capacity as it was before the pandemic.

Read the news release. 


July 20, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting 5 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Monday, July 19, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 65.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020 is 527; 458 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 19, there are 5 confirmed cases:

  • 2 cases are in rural communities; and
  • 3 locations are pending.

Since June 1, 2021, 389 people have recovered and there have been 4 deaths. There have been a total of 6 deaths since November 2020.

The COVID-19 livestream update will take place Wednesday, July 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Read the news release.


July 19, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Friday, July 16, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 76.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 522; 453 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 16, there are 20 confirmed cases:

  • Fourteen cases are in Whitehorse
  • Four cases are in rural communities, two locations to be confirmed

Read the news release. 


July 16, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Thursday, July 15, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 77. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 502; 432 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 15, there are five confirmed cases:

  • All cases are in Whitehorse.

Since June 1, 2021, 349 people have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

The next case update will be Monday, July 19, 2021.

Drive-up testing closes on Sunday, July 18, 2021

A drive up testing service was set up in mid-June in Whitehorse to address the increased demand for testing as a result of the June outbreak. Based on numbers of people currently seeking testing after hours, the drive-up testing service, operating from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily, will close at the end of the day on Sunday, July 18.

Testing is still available seven days per week. The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Dr. Elliott advises that testing for COVID-19 infection remains important. 

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book online to arrange for testing.

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre. Testing turnaround times remain very quick, 24 hours in the previous week, and negative results can now be accessed online for faster access to results.

Read the news release


July 15, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 7 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 78.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020 are 497; 427 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 14, there are 7 confirmed cases:

  • 6 cases in Whitehorse; and
  • 1 in a rural community.

Since June 1, 2021, 345 people have recovered and there have been 4 deaths. There have been a total of 6 deaths since November 2020.

Read the news release.


July 14, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 81. 

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 490; 420 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 13, there are six confirmed cases:

  • Five cases in Whitehorse
  • One case in a rural community

Since June 1, 2021, three hundred and thirty-five individuals have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

Read the news release. 


July 13, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 4 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Monday, July 12 and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 93.  

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020, is 484; 414 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 12:

  • 4 confirmed cases (all Yukoners);
  • 3 Whitehorse and 1 rural community;
  • 317 people have recovered since June 1, 2021 and
  • 4 deaths since June 2021, and 6 deaths total.

Public exposure notice:

Anyone who was at the Casa Loma Bar on Monday, July 5, 2021, between 6:30 p.m. and closing should self-monitor and seek testing if they become symptomatic.

Read the news release.


July 12, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting one new death and 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Friday, July 9 and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 103. 

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 480; 410 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases. One case previously identified as positive has been determined negative.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 9:

  • Nineteen confirmed cases (all Yukoners).
  • Eighteen Whitehorse, one rural community pending confirmation.
  • Three hundred and three individuals have recovered since June 1, 2021.
  • Four deaths since June 2021, six deaths total.

Read the news release. 


July 9, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 6 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Thursday, July 8, and 12 p.m. today. This brings the active case count to 116 with reported recoveries.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020, is 461; 391 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases. 1 case previously identified as positive has been determined negative.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 8:

  • 6 confirmed cases (6 Yukoners), locations to be confirmed; 
  • 272 people have recovered since June 1, 2021; and
  • 5 deaths since November 2020.

Read the news release.


July 8, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, and 12 p.m. today. This brings the active case count to 123 with reported recoveries.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 456; 385 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 7:

  • 10 confirmed cases (10 Yukoners);
  • 4 cases in Whitehorse, 3 case in rural communities, 3 pending confirmation;
  • 335 people have recovered; and
  • 5 deaths since November 2020.

Read the news release.


July 7, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, and 12 p.m. today. This brings the active case count to 138 with reported recoveries. These current spread is primarily due to transmissions among people who are unvaccinated and vulnerable.  

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 447; 373 cases since June 1, including Out of Territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 6:

  • Thirteen confirmed cases: 12 Yukoners and one out of territory resident in Yukon.
  • Thirteen cases in Whitehorse and zero case in rural communities, pending confirmation.
  • Two hundred ten individuals in the most recent outbreak have recovered.
  • Five deaths since November 2020.

Read the news release.


July 6, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Monday, July 5, and 12 p.m. today. This brings the active case count to 147 with reported recoveries. The surge in COVID-19 infections continues in Whitehorse with fewer cases in communities throughout Yukon.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 435. There have been 360 cases since June 1, 2021, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

Read the news release.


July 5, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 40 new cases of COVID-19 between noon Friday, July 2 and noon today. This brings the active case count to 149 with reported recoveries.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 425. There have been 351 cases since June 1, 2021, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since noon on July 2, 2021:

  • Forty confirmed cases.
  • Twenty-seven cases in Whitehorse, seven cases in rural communities, six pending confirmation.
  • One hundred and ninety-nine individuals in the most recent outbreak have recovered.
  • Five deaths since November 2020.

Read the news release. 


July 2, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 31 new cases of COVID-19 since June 30, 2021. This brings the active case count to 146 with reported recoveries.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 388; 303 cases since June 1, 2021.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 30, 2021:

  • 31 confirmed cases;
  • 17 in Whitehorse, 5 cases in rural communities, 6 pending confirmation and 3 out of territory residents currently in Yukon;
  • 160 people in the most recent outbreak have recovered; and
  • 5 deaths since November 2020.

Long-term care homes limit visitors

From July 2 to July 16, long-term care homes in Yukon will reduce the number of visitors permitted per resident, from 6 to 2 for indoor visits. All other guidelines remain unchanged. This step is being taken to protect all those who live in long-term care homes as Yukon experiences its 1st wave of COVID-19. To date there have been no cases of COVID-19 within any of Yukon’s long-term care homes.

Read the news release.

June 2021

 

June 30, 2021 – 17:44 – COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 15 new cases of COVID-19 for today. This brings the active case count to 134 with reported recoveries. He is also strongly recommending that Yukoners take steps to limit contacts over the next 4 to 6 weeks.

Yukoners are being asked to:

  • “stick to six”, limit social gatherings to a maximum of 6 people indoors and outdoors;
  • limit organized gatherings to 10 people indoors with masking, 20 outdoors with physical distancing;
  • if possible, consider postponing events;
  • in bars and restaurants, do not visit among tables, follow rules of the establishment, do not crowd the bar and when finished, go home;
  • do not go to work if you are sick or exhibiting any symptoms;
  • at your workplace, follow handwashing, masking and distancing guidelines;
  • keep children home from daycares if you can and you are not an essential or critical worker; and
  • check with communities when travelling to see what they are posting and limit social visits between communities.


Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 357

Read the news release


June 29, 2021 – 17:44 –  COVID-19 case count update includes one new death

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 for today and 1 additional death. This brings the active case count to 130 with reported recoveries. Since June 4, 2021, all of the variant testing results received to date are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 342

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 28, 2021:

  • 10 confirmed cases;
  • 4 cases in Whitehorse and 6 cases in rural communities;
  • 208 people in the most recent outbreak have recovered;
  • 5 deaths since November 2020; and
  • 1 case is a non-Yukon resident, this case is included in the active case count, but not in the total case count.

Public exposure notice

Anyone who was at the '98 Hotel between Saturday, June 19, 2021, and Sunday, June 27, 2021, during opening hours should seek testing and stay home if they have any symptoms.

Read the news release.


June 28, 2021 – 18:11 – Chief Medical Officer of Health reports 22 new cases

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 24 new cases of COVID-19. There are now 136 active cases in the territory.

Yukon’s total case count is: 332

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 27, 2021:

  • 22 confirmed cases;
  • the majority of cases are in Whitehorse;
  • investigation and contact tracing remain underway; and
  • 114 people have recovered since June 1.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities. 12 of 14 communities are home to COVID-19 positive people.

Read the news release.


June 27, 2021 – 19:06 – New COVID-19 cases confirmed; further guidance on outbreak provided

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 44 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday afternoon. There are now 124 active cases in the territory. He now states this is the 1st true “wave” of COVID-19 in Yukon.

Yukon’s total case count: 308

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 25:

  • 44 confirmed cases;
  • the majority of cases are in Whitehorse; and
  • 102 individuals have recovered since June 1.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities. 11 of 14 communities are home to COVID-19 positive people.

Read the news release.


June 25, 2021 – 17:45 – Chief Medical Officer of Health advises ‘social firebreak’: informal gatherings of no more than six as case count continues to rise

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 22 new cases of COVID-19 for today. This brings the active case count to 111 with reported recoveries. Since June 4, 2021, all of the variant testing results received to date are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.

Yukon’s total case count: 264

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 24:

  • Twenty-two confirmed cases.
  • The majority of cases are in Whitehorse.
  • Seventy-one individuals in the most recent outbreak have recovered.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, with recent cases having spread through large unorganized social gatherings. Yukoners are being strongly encouraged to limit social gatherings to six people. Out of the 14 communities, 12 of them are home to COVID-19 positive people.

Read the news release. 


June 24, 2021 – 18:00 – Chief Medical Officer of Health reports 18 new cases of COVID-19

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 for today. This brings the active case count to 107 with reported recoveries. Since June 4, 2021, all of the variant testing results received to date are positive for the Gamma variant.

Yukon’s total case count: 242

For the new cases since noon on June 23:

  • Eighteen confirmed cases
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way to verify where cases are in Yukon.
  • Fifty three individuals in the most recent outbreak have recovered.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities. Eleven of 14 communities are home to COVID-19 positive people.

Read the news release.


 

June 23, 2021 – 18:00 – June 23, 2021: Chief Medical Officer of Health reports one death and four new cases of COVID-19

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is saddened to announce the death of another Yukon resident from COVID-19.

There are four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, and the active case count is 103. Since June 4, 2021, all of the variant testing results received to date are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.

Yukon’s total case count: 224

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 22:

  • Four confirmed cases.
  • Three cases are in Whitehorse and one is in a rural community.
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way.
  • Several individuals previously reported as recovered have been reclassified as active cases due to persisting symptoms.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities. Eleven of 14 communities are home to COVID-19 positive people.

Read the news release. 


June 22, 2021 – 16:27 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed; community transmission among unvaccinated

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is announcing eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are now 92 active cases in the territory with recoveries expected. Since June 4, 2021, screening results received so far indicate all cases are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.  

Yukon’s total case count: 220

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 21:

  • Eight confirmed cases.
  • Seven cases are in Whitehorse and 1 in rural communities.
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way.

COVID-19 is now widespread throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities.


June 21, 2021 – 15:33 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed; community transmission among unvaccinated

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is announcing 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Saturday afternoon. There are now 100 active cases in the territory. Since June 4, 2021, screening results received so far indicate all cases are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.  

Yukon’s total case count: 212.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 19:

  • Thirty confirmed cases.
  • Fourteen recoveries.
  • Twenty-three cases are in Whitehorse and seven in rural communities.
  • One new hospitalization, two previous cases remain in the hospital.  
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way.

COVID-19 is now widespread throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities.

Read the news release. 


June 19, 2021 – 16:13 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed; community transmission among unvaccinated

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is announcing 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are now 87 active cases in the territory. Thirty one are confirmed as the Gamma (P.1)variant, however it is presumed that all cases identified since June 4, 2020 are this variant of concern.

Yukon’s total case count: 182

For the new cases today:

  • Twenty nine confirmed cases.
  • Six recoveries.
  • Twenty two cases are in Whitehorse and seven in rural communities.
  • No new hospitalizations, 3 previous cases remain in hospital.
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way.

June 18, 2021 – 18:15 – F.H. Collins prom attendees directed to self-isolate; case count continues to increase

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is directing Grade 12 students who attended the F.H. Collins prom event on Friday, June 11, to self-isolate until end of day on Friday, June 25, at 11:59 p.m. This direction is issued under his authority under Sections 11 and 17 of the Communicable Disease regulation under the Public Health and Safety Act.

One of nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for today is a student at the school who attended the event. Everyone who attended the F.H. Collins Cap and Gown event on Thursday, June 10, are being asked to self-monitor only. Letters are being sent to students involved.

In addition, under this same authority, Dr. Hanley is directing students in four Grade 9 classes at Porter Creek Senior Secondary to self-isolate until end of day on Friday, June 25. Letters are being sent to students in those classes.  If students or their parents do not receive a letter by end of day Friday, June 18th, the student is not required to self-isolate.

Read the news release. 


June 18, 2021 – 11:53 – Drive-up COVID-19 testing opens tonight to address increased demand

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre (CTAC) will open a drive-up testing centre tonight to assist with demand for testing since the beginning of the most recent outbreak.

While CTAC has been able to meet most of the demand for testing with indoor testing, the drive up option will assist those who are nervous about their exposure by coming inside. They can now request an in-car option.

The drive-up centre will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week to provide surge capacity during the outbreak. The centre will be staffed by health professionals from both Health and Social Services and from Emergency Medical Services.

CTAC has tested 577 people since June 9 with appointments heavily booked most days. The opening of the drive-up option adds 33 testing slot per day. Appointments are required and can be booked on line at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/. The drive-up testing unit will be located in the parking lot adjacent to CTAC.

Read the news release. 


June 17, 2021 – 17:07 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, announces nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are now 54 active cases in the territory including one probable case and two out of territory cases. While only 11 are confirmed as Gamma variant, it is presumed that all recent cases are this variant of concern.

Yukon’s total case count: 145 confirmed and one probable case.*

For the new cases today:

  • Nine confirmed cases.
  • Today’s cases are in Whitehorse with one in a rural community.
  • All are isolating and recovering at home.

Read the news release


 

June 15, 2021 – 17:00 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces 16 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and one probable case overnight. There are now 49 active cases in the territory. While only five are confirmed as Gamma variant, it is presumed that all recent cases are this variant of concern.

Yukon’s total case count: 136 confirmed and one probable case.

For the new cases today:

  • Forty-nine confirmed cases, including two out-of-territory Yukon residents.
  • One probable Yukon resident.
  • Forty-four cases are in Whitehorse and six in rural communities.
  • Two people are fully vaccinated, three are partially vaccinated, 33 are unvaccinated and 17 are still under investigation.
  • All are isolating and recovering at home.

Read the news release. 

Get information for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. 


June 15, 2021 –  17:18  – 12 cases overnight; vaccination the key to prevention of further spread

The Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is issuing a strong recommendation that anyone not yet vaccinated make an appointment for their shot at the mass clinic in Whitehorse or at their health centre in rural Yukon. Her recommendation comes after 12 new cases of the COVID-19 Gamma variant (P.1) were diagnosed overnight.

10 of the cases are in Whitehorse and 2 in rural Yukon communities. Positive cases range in age from 10 to 40 years. All cases are linked to a Whitehorse contact. Only 1 individual in this most recent group was vaccinated. Of the 36 cases diagnosed since June 4, only 2  have been fully vaccinated. 3 of our earlier cases have now recovered. We currently have 33 active cases.

This outbreak involves several groups:

  • graduating Whitehorse high school students and their close contacts;
  • 2 classes at Elijah Smith Elementary School; and
  • adults who are socializing at parties and in bars.

Specific guidance has been provided by Yukon Communicable Disease Control to all student groups and parents, as well as individual positive cases.  

Read the news release.


June 14, 2021 – 19:23 – third COVID-19 death for Yukon

Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has confirmed a third death of a Yukon resident with COVID-19.

The Whitehorse resident was linked to a previous case and was unvaccinated.

Since Sunday, June 13, there are five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yukon. Yukon’s total case count is 107.

For the new cases today:

  • Cases 105 to 107 are linked to the current outbreak.
  • Of the five cases announced today, three are in Whitehorse and two in communities:
    • One is a student at Elijah Smith Elementary School. Parents are being informed by Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliot and the Department of Education.
    • Two of these cases are out of territory residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in Yukon. They are included in our active case count but not our total case count.
  • It is expected that all cases will be Gamma variant of concern.
  • All cases are self-isolating and recovering.
  • Three of our previous cases have recovered.

Read the news release. 


June 13, 2021 – 18:44 – Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health declares COVID-19 outbreak

Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is declaring a COVID-19 outbreak in Whitehorse with six new cases since Friday. The Gamma variant has been identified in this outbreak. There are now 18 active cases and Yukon’s total case count is at 104.

The outbreak is linked to youth and adults who are not yet vaccinated. It includes participants at both organized and informal events linked to high school graduation, as well as adults who are socializing in close proximity such as at bars and house parties.

The outbreak includes 18 cases; 15 cases are in Whitehorse and three are in rural Yukon. There are no new public exposure notifications.

Of the six new cases:

  • all are linked to this outbreak; and
  • all are self-isolating and recovering at home.

How to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19

  • All contacts of a person with COVID-19 must isolate for an entire 14 days since last exposure.
  • Contacts who are fully vaccinated must isolate only if they are a household contact of a person with COVID-19. A household contact is defined as living with a case or having direct physical contact (e.g. caregiver, partner) even if not living with an individual.
  • Contact means sharing saliva, or coughing on another person, talking for 15 minutes without physical distancing and other similar types of shared activities.

*If you are given advice by Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC) that is different from this, please follow their advice as the health professionals.

People with symptoms

With current active cases in Yukon, testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever in order to identify possible community spread. People who are vaccinated may acquire COVID-19 in rare circumstances and should seek testing if symptoms develop.

Testing turnaround times remain very quick, 36 hours in the previous week, and negative results can now be accessed online at https://service.yukon.ca/forms/en/get-covid19-test-result.

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should self-isolate and call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book on-line to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Read the news release. 


June 11, 2021 – 17:40 – Porter Creek Senior Secondary School prom ceremony cancelled

A student at Porter Creek Senior Secondary School (PCSS) is one of two new cases of COVID-19 announced today by Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott.

There are now 15 active cases in the territory.  Dr. Elliott confirms that eight of these are now confirmed as the P.1 (Gamma) variant of concern. The P1 variant is known to spread more quickly among unvaccinated individuals. Others have yet to be confirmed. Yukon’s total case count is 98.

For the new cases today:

  • The PCSS prom ceremony, scheduled for June 12, has been cancelled. The Department of Education will work with the graduation committee to reschedule the event when it safe to do so.
  • Students in the Porter Creek graduating class are advised to self-isolate, self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptomatic.
  • Further direction will be provided to the school and parents about any further recommendations by Wednesday, June 16 at the latest.
  • Students involved in graduation events at all three Whitehorse high schools are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptomatic.
  • Case 97 and 98 are both Whitehorse residents, linked to previously announced cases. Both are isolating and recovering at home.

Read the news release. 


June 10, 2021 – 17:28 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed 

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one probable case. There are now 13 active cases in the territory. Dr. Hanley confirms that 5 of these are the P.1 (Gamma) variant of concern. Yukon’s total case count is 96.

Two of the three people hospitalized have been medevaced to hospitals outside the territory.

Twelve of the 13 cases announced since Saturday, June 5, were not fully vaccinated. The one person who tested positive and was fully vaccinated is recovering with mild symptoms.

For the new cases today:

  • Two of these cases are close contacts of previous cases.
  • All are isolating and recovering at home.
  • Case investigations for all are ongoing.

Public exposure notices

There are two extensions to previous exposure notices.

  • Casa Loma Motel Bar
    • Monday, May 31, between 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
       
  • Whisky Jack’s Pub and Grill
    • Monday, May 31, between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

People with symptoms

With current active cases in Yukon, testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever in order to identify possible community spread. People who are vaccinated may acquire COVID-19 in rare circumstances and should seek testing if symptoms develop.

Testing turnaround times remain very quick (24 hours in the previous week) and negative results can now be accessed online for faster access to results.

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book online to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Read the news release.


June 9, 2021 – 17:26 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces two new confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of whom was previously a probable case. There are now nine active cases in the territory. Dr. Hanley confirms that five of these are now confirmed as the P.1 (Gamma) variant of concern. Yukon’s total case count is 92.

For the new cases today:

  • Cases 88, 89 and 90 and 92 are Whitehorse residents; all are self-isolating and contact tracing is ongoing.
  • Case 91 is a community resident who is isolating and case investigation continues.

Public exposure notices

There are two new public exposure notices associated with the new cases. People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at one of the following locations in Whitehorse:

  • Save On Foods
    • Thursday, June 3, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
       
  • Bigway Foods
    • Thursday, June 3, between 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

People with symptoms

With current active cases in Yukon, testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever in order to identify possible community spread.  People who are vaccinated may acquire COVID-19 in rare circumstances and should seek testing if symptoms develop.

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book online to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Read the news release.


June 9, 2021 – 14:03 – Third survey on student learning during COVID-19 now live

The Government of Yukon has launched the third instalment of the learning during COVID-19 survey to gather feedback from students, families and school staff on their experiences and perspectives related to learning as well as health and safety during the last half of the school year.

The survey includes new questions on how the pandemic has impacted mental health and wellness; the types of mental health and wellness services being accessed; and awareness of support services and the preferences for accessing them. Questions were also expanded to explore whether respondents felt there was lost learning this year.

A link to the online survey was sent directly to families and school staff by email on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The survey will remain open until the end of the day on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Take the survey. 

Read the news release. 


June 9, 2021 – 11:50 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, June 9, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 90. Eighty-two people have recovered, two people have died, and there are six active cases confirmed and two probable cases in Yukon. We have tested 7,567 people.

Self-isolation update

Effective June 18, children under 12 returning from outside the territory will not have to self-isolate for 14 days if they are with a parent or caregiver who has been fully vaccinated.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Tuesday, June 8, there were 54,538 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 29,099 first doses and 25,439 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 82 per cent in North Yukon; 85 per cent in West Yukon; 57 per cent in Central Yukon; 63 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 81 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 73 per cent in North Yukon; 80 per cent in West Yukon; 51 per cent in Central Yukon; 57 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 73 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 


June 8, 2021 – 19:12 – public exposure notification

Public exposure notices are being issued for several Whitehorse locations linked to cases of COVID-19 announced earlier today.

Public exposure notification 

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at one of the following locations:

  • Casa Loma Motel Bar
    • Saturday, May 29, between 9 p.m. to closing
    • Monday, May 31, between 11 p.m. to closing
    • Saturday, June 5, between 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)
       
  • Whiskey Jacks Pub & Grill
    • Friday, May 28, between 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 5, between 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
       
  • Walmart
    • Sunday, June 6, between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 6, between 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
       
  • Canadian Tire
    • Sunday, June 6, between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone who was at the following locations and who is experiencing COVID-19 -like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested either by calling 867-393-3083 or booking a test online https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/. Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested.

Read the news release. 


June 8, 2021 – 16:42 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces one new confirmed and two new probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the territory’s total to 88 confirmed and two probable cases. There are currently six active cases in Yukon. Two of the people with COVID-19 are currently in the hospital.

For the new cases today:

  • all three cases were identified in Whitehorse; 
  • all are isolating;
  • contact tracing is ongoing; and 
  • sites of potential public exposure will be announced if identified.

There are no new cases at Victoria Gold. The three individuals positive for COVID-19 have now been identified as having the P.1 (Gamma) variant of concern. They remain in isolation.

Read the news release. 


June 5, 2021 – 18:00 – Four new COVID-19 cases confirmed; outbreak identified at mine site

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms four new cases of COVID-19, including three new confirmed cases at the Victoria Gold Mine Site. This is the first report of cases at a mine site.

  • Case 85 is a Yukon resident who was infected, diagnosed out of the territory and will remain out of the territory.
  • The other three cases are on the mine site and there are no identified public exposures at this time. Cases 86 and 87 are Yukon residents. The third case at the mine is a resident from another part of Canada.
    • These three individuals are recovering and isolating on site.
    • They were on the mine site throughout their period of infectivity.
  • Contact tracing is underway to control and prevent further spread. Additional cases may be expected.

Read the news release. 


June 2, 2021 – 11:00 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, June 1, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 84. Eighty-two people have recovered, two people have died and there are no active cases in Yukon. We have tested 7,567 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Tuesday, May 31, there were 52,913 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 27,976 first doses and 24,937 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 80 per cent in North Yukon; 84 per cent in West Yukon; 56 per cent in Central Yukon; 62 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 80 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 71 per cent in North Yukon; 78 per cent in West Yukon; 51 per cent in Central Yukon; 57 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 72 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A clinic in Whitehorse is open for residents age 18 and older to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine by appointment or by walk-in. The clinic is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Wednesdays it is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents age 18 and older in rural Yukon can call their local clinics for an appointment or receive a vaccination in Whitehorse.

Online vaccination bookings for youth between 12 and 17 years old are open.

To book an appointment and find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

Read the news release. 

May 2021

May 27, 2021 – 15:25 – The Yukon extends State of Emergency

As of today, the Government of Yukon is extending the State of Emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA).

By extending the State of Emergency, the Government of Yukon remains able to adapt to potential rapid changes in the COVID-19 situation, including monitoring the third wave in Canada and reviewing emerging data on variant spread to inform our decisions.

The State of Emergency will be extended for up to 90 days and can be cancelled at any time.

Several public health restrictions were lifted on May 25, 2021. The Government of Yukon will continue to follow the recommendations of Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and regularly evaluate the level of restrictions in place required to protect the health and safety of Yukoners.

Read the news release.

May 26, 2021 – 11:00 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, May 26, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 84. Eighty-two people have recovered, two people have died and there are no active cases in Yukon. We have tested 7,469 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Tuesday, May 25, there were 52,108 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 27,673 first doses and 24,435 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 76 per cent in North Yukon; 83 per cent in West Yukon; 54 per cent in Central Yukon; 61 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 78 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 69 per cent in North Yukon; 76 per cent in West Yukon; 48 per cent in Central Yukon; 56 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 69 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A clinic in Whitehorse is open for residents age 18 and older to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine by appointment or by walk-in. The clinic is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Wednesdays it is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents age 18 and older in rural Yukon can call their local clinics for an appointment or receive a vaccination in Whitehorse.

Online vaccination bookings for youth between 12 and 17 years old are open.

To book an appointment and find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

Read the news release. 


May 21,  2021 – 12:14 – Public health restrictions to be lifted on May 25

As the Yukon’s vaccine uptake continues to increase the Government of Yukon will begin lifting public health restrictions on Tuesday, May 25.

Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer need to self-isolate upon entry to the territory as of May 25.

These individuals will need to sign a declaration that they have been fully vaccinated and will also need to provide consent for the verification of their vaccination status in order to be exempt from self-isolation requirements.

If an individual does not want to consent to providing that information, they can still enter the territory as long as they self-isolate for 14 days.

Additional changes as of May 25 include:

  • bars and restaurants will be able to return to full capacity for table service;
  • social bubbles can increase to 20 individuals;
  • social gathering sizes can increase with physical distancing:
    • indoor gatherings up to 20 individuals with mask use;
    • outdoor gatherings up to 100 individuals;
  • organized indoor and outdoor gatherings and events can increase to 200 individuals with physical distancing provided the venue or space can accommodate;
  • funerals, weddings and faith-based services can increase to 200 individuals with physical distancing provided the venue or space can accommodate;
  • gyms and recreation centres can increase to 200 individuals with physical distancing provided the venue or space can accommodate; and
  • camps and recreational programs can increase to 20 individuals indoors with physical distancing and mask use and 100 individuals outdoors with physical distancing.

These changes are based on recommendations from Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley and are guided by A Path Forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

Yukoners are still required to follow the Safe 6, plus 1, which means wearing a mask in indoor public places. To book a vaccine appointment or find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

Read May 25, 2021, changes at a glance ‒ Path Forward ‒ next steps update.

Read the news release.


May 19, 2021 – 11:00 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, May 19, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 84. Eighty-two people have recovered, two people have died and there are no active cases in Yukon. We have tested 7,398 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Monday, May 17, there were 50,998 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 27,153 first doses and 23,845 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 76 per cent in North Yukon; 83 per cent in West Yukon; 54 per cent in Central Yukon; 61 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 78 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 69 per cent in North Yukon; 76 per cent in West Yukon; 48 per cent in Central Yukon; 56 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 69 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 


May 18, 2021 – 13:45 – COVID-19 vaccination clinics for youth begin May 31

The Government of Yukon has scheduled clinics for Yukon youth age 12 to 17 to be vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Beginning May 31, youth will be able to receive their first doses in Yukon communities. In Whitehorse, first shots will be administered starting June 1. Second dose clinics will start as early as June 23. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to get their shot for a safe and enjoyable summer.

Clinics in communities will be held in schools. In Whitehorse, clinics will be held at the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre.

Due to the limited supply and stricter handling requirements, the Pfizer vaccine will only be available to Yukon youth for a short time, and clinic dates will be more limited than the adult vaccine clinics.

Youth vaccine clinics for first and second doses will be held in nearly every Yukon community. Medical travel will be supported in the communities where a clinic is not held, or for youth who are unable to make the clinic date in their community.

Yukon youth COVID-19 clinic schedule (for youth age 12 to 17)

Community

First dose 1 clinic

Second dose clinic

Location

Carcross/Tagish

June 4

June 29

Ghùch Tlâ Community School

Carmacks

June 9

July 7

Tantalus School

Dawson City

June 10

July 8

Robert Service School

Faro

May 31

June 23

Del Van Gorder School

Haines Junction (includes youth from Destruction Bay, Burwash Landing and Beaver Creek)

June 2

June 28

St. Elias Community School

Mayo

June 7

July 5

J.V. Clark School

Old Crow

June 15

July 9

Chief Zheh Gittlit School

Pelly Crossing

June 8

July 6

Eliza Van Bibber School

Ross River

May 31

June 23

Ross River School

Teslin

June 11

July 13

Khàtìnas.àxh Community School

Watson Lake (includes youth from Lower Post, Good Hope Lake and Dease River)

June 1

June 24

Watson Lake Secondary School

Whitehorse (includes youth from Atlin,  Lower Post, Good Hope Lake, Dease River)

June 1 – June 18 (clinics offered Tuesday through Friday)

June 23 – July 13 (clinics offered Tuesday through Friday)

Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre

Read the news release. 


May 17, 2021 – 15:00 – Yukon surpasses 75 per cent vaccination rate

Yukon’s COVID-19 vaccination rate has now reached 76 per cent for first doses of the vaccine. As of May 17th, 26,242 eligible Yukon adults have received their first dose of the vaccine and 23,236 have had their second dose.

Vaccine uptake is increasing in every age group with rates ranging from 65 per cent for first doses in those aged 18 to 29 years, to 90 per cent in those aged 70 and over. Seventy two per cent of those aged 30 to 39 have received first doses; 75 per cent of those in the 40-to-49 year age group, 77 per cent of those aged 50 to 59 and 83 per cent of those aged 60 to 69. 73 per cent of males 18 and over, and 78 per cent of females 18 and over have received their first vaccination. Second dose percentages are lower as the second doses must be administered a minimum of 28 days following the first dose.

Read the news release.


May 12, 2021 – 11:26 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, May 12, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 84. Eighty people have recovered, two people have died and there is one active case in Yukon and one active case of a Yukoner out of the territory. We have tested 7,305 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Monday, May 10, there were 49,836 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 26,583 first doses and 23,253 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 76 per cent in North Yukon; 83 per cent in West Yukon; 54 per cent in Central Yukon; 60 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 76 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 68 per cent in North Yukon; 83 per cent in West Yukon; 47 per cent in Central Yukon; 55 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 67 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 


May 12, 2021 – 11:17 – Vaccine statistics released for all Yukon communities

With 74 per cent of all eligible Yukoners having had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the third round of mobile immunization clinics in all rural communities completed, the Government of Yukon has released current vaccination rates for all Yukon communities. Uptake is expected to continue to increase and updated rates will be released monthly.

A clinic in Whitehorse is open for residents age 18 and older to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine by appointment or by walk-in. The clinic is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Wednesdays it is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The third round of mobile vaccination tours to Yukon communities is complete. Residents age 18 and older can call their local clinics for an appointment or can receive a vaccination in Whitehorse.

To book an appointment and find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

Read the news release. 


May 12, 2021 – 10:53 – COVID-19 vaccinations to be available for Yukon youth

The Government of Yukon is working to protect Yukon youth from COVID-19. A supply of the Pfizer vaccine has been arranged for the territory and will allow Yukoners aged 12 to 17 to be vaccinated in the coming weeks.

Vaccination clinics for youth are expected to begin soon. Youth vaccine clinics will be held in most communities and medical travel will be supported for those places where a youth clinic is not held.

Read the news release. 


May 11, 2021 – 15:00 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the territory’s total to 84 cases. There is currently one active case in Yukon.

  • Case 83 is an adult in Whitehorse and is related to international travel.
    • There were no public exposures.
    • The individual is isolating in a safe and effective manner.
  • Case 84 is a Yukon resident who acquired the infection out of the territory, was tested out of the territory and will remain out of Yukon until non-infectious.
    • This individual is included in the Yukon count but does not increase the number of active cases in the territory.

People with symptoms

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book on-line to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/.  

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Read the news release. 


May 6, 2021 – 15:45 – Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Brendan Hanley host a live question and answer event for Yukoners

On Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m., Yukoners are invited to tune in and ask questions to Canada’s Chief Public Officer of Health Dr. Theresa Tam and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley during a live question and answer event moderated by Gurdeep Pandher. Register to watch the live event here: https://ca01web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L8WcR6kzRDe8SCnPrn_MzA  

Yukoners can submit their questions by sending a message to the Health and Social Services Facebook page or sending an email to hss@yukon.ca. Yukoners tuning into the live event will have an opportunity to ask both medical professionals a question by using the chat feature.  

Read the news release. 


May 5, 2021 – 13:30 – Yukon lifting restrictions as vaccine uptake increases

Nearly 75 per cent of eligible Yukoners have now received their first vaccine shot and 65 per cent have received both doses. The strong uptake will allow Yukon to lift COVID-19 restrictions starting later this month.

Today Premier Sandy Silver announced plans to ease travel restrictions in the coming weeks. Beginning Tuesday, May 25, people arriving in Yukon from anywhere in Canada will not have to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated, provided their vaccination status can be confirmed.

Additionally, Yukon bars and restaurants will be able to return to 100 per cent capacity with no physical distancing between tables for seated service only as of May 25.

Read the news release. 


May 5, 2021 – 11:58 – COVID-19 update 

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, May 5, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 82. Seventy-nine people have recovered, two people have died and there is one active case. We have tested 7,228 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Monday, May 3, there were 48,655 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 25,998 first doses and 22,657 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 73 per cent in North Yukon; 82 per cent in West Yukon; 54 per cent in Central Yukon; 60 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 76 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 66 per cent in North Yukon; 75 per cent in West Yukon; 47 per cent in Central Yukon; 55 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 67 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 


May 3, 2021 – 16:15 – New COVID-19 case confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms one new case of COVID-19, bringing the territory’s total to 82 cases. There is currently one active case in Yukon.

  • Case 82 is in Whitehorse and is travel-related, linked to an outbreak in another jurisdiction and is positive for B.1.1.7.
  • There were no public exposures.
  • The individual is recovering at home.

Read the news release. 

April 2021

April 28, 2021 – 11:32 – Hours changing at the Whitehorse COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Beginning Saturday, May 1, the Whitehorse vaccine clinic will be reducing its operating hours. The clinic will be open Tuesday to Friday. Appointments are available and can be booked online or by phone. Drop-ins are also welcomed.

New drop-in hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 12 to 6 p.m.

Vaccines will continue to be provided in rural communities through the community health centres. Residents can contact their health centre to find out more information.

Read the news release. 


April 28, 2021 – 11:20 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, April 28, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 81. Seventy-nine people have recovered, two people have died and there are no active cases. We have tested 7,134 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Tuesday, April 27, there were 47,763 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 25,731 first doses and 22,032 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 72 per cent in North Yukon; 81 per cent in West Yukon; 54 per cent in Central Yukon; 60 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 74 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 66 per cent in North Yukon; 75 per cent in West Yukon; 47 per cent in Central Yukon; 54 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 64 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 


April 26, 2021 – 16:15 – COVID-19 associated death in new case

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has confirmed a second death of a Yukon resident with COVID-19.

The person had unrelated health conditions that caused their death. The person contracted COVID 19 near the time of death and is therefore considered a COVID-associated death. This person will be counted as case 81.

Read the news release. 


April 22, 2021 – 16:41 – 2 new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms 2 new cases of COVID-19 in Yukon.

Case 79 and case 80 are both adults in Whitehorse in the same household. The source of infection is currently under investigation. 

Health status

Self-isolating and recovering at home. Contact tracing is ongoing.

Public exposure notification 

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at the following location:

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021

Location: Wykes’ Your Independent Grocer, Whitehorse

Time: Between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Anyone who was at this location and has symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested either by phoning 867-393-3083 or booking a test online. Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing.

Read the news release.


April 21, 2021 – 17:09 – COVID-19 case update

One new case of COVID-19 reported for Yukon

  • Case 78 is an adult, associated with international travel
  • Tested positive upon return to Canada and has completed self-isolation prior to returning to Yukon
  • Is now recovered so will not be included in active case count
  • There were no exposures in Yukon as case was not infectious in territory

Safe 6 plus 1

Everyone should continue to follow the Safe 6 plus 1. Information about the Safe 6 is at: practisesafe6.ca

Read the news release. 


April 21 – 11:18 – COVID-19 update

Long term care changes

Long term care homes are engaging with residents and families to develop a plan for safe community outings and an increased number of visitors for residents at the homes. The goal is to implement these changes the week of May 3.

Testing for returning students and seasonal workers

Vaccinations will be made available to all returning students and seasonal workers who are arriving in Yukon and wish to be immunized while in self-isolation. Students and seasonal workers between the ages of 18-29 will be granted permission to leave self-isolation to receive their vaccination. Tourists or visitors to the territory who cannot show proof of residency or employment will not be eligible to take part in this program.

Individuals will be required to book a COVID-19 test before being vaccinated. Individuals can expect to have their results within 15 minutes. If your test is negative, staff at the testing centre will book a same-day vaccine appointment for you. Proof of a same-day negative COVID-19 test must be presented at the vaccination clinic. Visit Yukon.ca for more details.

Read the news release. 


April 19 – 16:49 – one new COVID-19 case confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medial Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms one new case of COVID-19 in Yukon.

Case 77 is an adult in rural Yukon, associated with travel within Canada.

Health status

Self-isolating and recovering at home. Contact tracing is ongoing.

Public exposure notification 

Friday, April 9, 2021, Watson Lake

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at the following location:

  • Andrea’s Restaurant, Alaska Hwy Truckers Pub and Grill
    • Breakfast sitting 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Anyone who was at this location and has symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested either by calling 867-393-3083 or booking a test online https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/. Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing.

Read the news release. 


April 14 – 15:00 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, April 14, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 76. Seventy-three people have recovered, one person has died and there are two active cases. We have tested 6,985 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Monday, April 12, there were 42,354 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 24,701 first doses and 17,653 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 72 per cent in North Yukon; 78 per cent in West Yukon; 53 per cent in Central Yukon; 59 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 71 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 65 per cent in North Yukon; 70 per cent in West Yukon; 46 per cent in Central Yukon; 53 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 46 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A clinic in Whitehorse is open for residents age 18 and older to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine by appointment or by walk-in.

Read the news release. 


April 13, 2021 – 17:09 – public exposure notification

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued a potential exposure notification for three locations in Whitehorse related to yesterday’s case announcement. These notifications are issued as a precaution. This does not mean that a business failed to follow the COVID-19 health guidelines.

Public exposure notification 

All locations are for Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Canada Post and Shoppers Drug Mart in Qwanlin Mall
    • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
       
  • Superstore
    • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
       
  • Walmart
    • 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested either by calling 867-393-3083 or booking a test online https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/. Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing.

Read the news release. 


April 12 – 21:24 – one new COVID-19 case confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms one new case of COVID-19 in Yukon.

  • Case 75 is a Whitehorse resident and is linked to the previously announced case involving an out of territory resident who travelled to Yukon.

Health status: Self-isolating at home. Contact tracing is ongoing.   

Public exposure notification

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has expanded the public notification for passengers who were on the following flight, due to receiving further information related to the previous notification:

  • Saturday, April 3, 2021
    • Air North flight 4N538
    • Vancouver to Whitehorse
    • Departure 1:35 p.m., arrival 3:59 p.m.

Anyone who was on this flight and has symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested. People who were on the flight and do not have symptoms can also get tested. Everyone on the flight should continue to follow their self-isolation plan for entering Yukon. However, they’re allowed to leave self-isolation for testing but should resume isolating after they have been tested. 

In addition, anyone who was in the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport terminal between 4 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, should self-monitor and get tested if they develop symptoms.

Read the news release


April 11 – 19:11 – COVID-19 public exposure notification

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued a potential exposure notification for the 1:35 p.m. Air North flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse on Saturday, April 3.

A person from out of territory has tested positive several days after arriving in Yukon. The person is self-isolating and recovering. In addition to this public notification, contact tracing with passengers seated in close proximity to the case is underway. We are confident that all standard protocols were adhered to. Although the risk of exposure is low on flights, we are taking a precautionary approach. Contact tracing for the case is underway, and to date, no other exposures of concern have been identified in Yukon.

Public exposure notification 

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were on the following flight:

  • Saturday, April 3, 2021
    • Air North flight 4N538
    • Vancouver to Whitehorse
    • Departure 1:35 p.m., arrival 3:59 p.m.

Read the news release. 


April 9 – 17:52 – public exposure notification

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued a potential exposure notification for the 6:30 p.m. flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse on Tuesday, April 6.

New information has become available regarding a previous case. This person was infected with the variant B.1.1.7 while outside Yukon. They had originally been cleared to travel but based on new information it was determined they were infectious while on the flight. In addition to this public notification, contact tracing with passengers seated in close proximity to the case is underway. Although the risk of exposure is low on flights, we are taking a precautionary approach. No other exposures of concern have been identified in Yukon.

This person followed all public health advice and is now determined to be recovered. There remain no active cases of COVID-19 in Yukon.  

Public exposure notification 

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were on the following flight:

  • Sunday, April 2, 2021
    • Air Canada 8889
    • Vancouver to Whitehorse
    • Departure 6:30 p.m., arrival 8:49 p.m.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested either by calling 867-393-3083 or booking a test online https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/.

Read the news release. 


April 7 – 11:17 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Tuesday, April 6, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 74. Seventy-three people have recovered, one person has died and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,933 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Monday, April 5, there were 37,193 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 23,954 first doses and 13,239 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 70 per cent in North Yukon; 79 per cent in West Yukon; 52 per cent in Central Yukon; 59 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 70 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 60 per cent in North Yukon; 70 per cent in West Yukon; 41 per cent in Central Yukon; 53 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 30 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 

March 2021

March 31 – 17:35 – An out of territory resident has tested positive for COVID-19

Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirmed one new case of COVID-19 today, bringing the territory’s total to 74 cases.

This new case is in a Yukon resident who acquired the infection out of territory, was tested out of the territory and will remain out of territory until they are non-infectious.

While this increases Yukon’s case count, it does not increase the number of cases active in the territory.

Read the news release. 


March 31 – 11:33 – Grades 10 to 12 students in Whitehorse to return to full-time, in-person classes

Grades 10 to 12 students at F.H. Collins, Vanier Catholic and Porter Creek secondary schools will be able to return to full-time, in-person classes on April 19, 2021.

Two planning days have been scheduled to support school staff in adjusting their course plans for the remainder of the school year. Grades 10 to 12 students will not attend in-class school during these two days and will be expected to be learning from home on work assigned by their teachers. Planning days are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021; and
  • Friday, April 16, 2021. 

Read the news release.


March 31 – 11:05 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Tuesday, March 30, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 73. Seventy-one people have recovered, one person has died and there is one active case. We have tested 6,880 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Monday, March 29, there were 34,828 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 23,674 first doses and 11,154 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 69 per cent in North Yukon; 79 per cent in West Yukon; 52 per cent in Central Yukon; 58 per cent in Southeast Yukon; 68 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 60 per cent in North Yukon; 70 per cent in West Yukon; 41 per cent in Central Yukon; 50 per cent in Southeast Yukon; 25 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A clinic in Whitehorse is open for residents age 18 and older to receive for first and second doses of the vaccine by appointment or by walk-in. The clinic will be closed April 2, 3 and 4, reopening on Monday, April 5.

Mobile vaccination teams continue to visit Yukon communities. Residents age 18 and older will have the opportunity receive their first or second shot during the next visit of the mobile team to their community. Everyone receiving a first shot is guaranteed a second shot within the designated time period.

To book an appointment and find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

Read the news release. 


March 25 – 16:21 –
First cases of COVID-19 variants of concern identified in Yukon

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has confirmed 2 new cases of COVID-19 today, including Yukon’s 1st case of a variant of concern. The 2nd case is not considered a Yukon case. 

Read the news release and possible exposure notice.


March 24 – 11:34 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Tuesday, March 23, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 72. Seventy-one people have recovered, one person has died, and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,823 people.

Monday, March 22, marked the one-year anniversary of Yukon’s first two COVID-19 cases.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Monday, March 22, there were 33,443 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 22,795 first doses and 10,648 second doses.

Read the news release. 


March 16 – 11:15 – COVID-19 tests can now be booked online

Yukoners can now book COVID-19 tests online through the recently launched online booking tool.  People who have a valid health-card can now book an appointment online if they are experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms and require testing.

The online booking tool asks a series of questions, taking users through several steps to help determine what type of test is most suitable based on their needs. The new tool will then confirm a user’s symptoms and the reason for a COVID-19 test before confirming an appointment.

Read the news release.

Book a COVID-19 test online. 


March 13 – 12:21 – Potential COVID-19 exposure at Silvertip mine, Northern BC

Yukon public health officials have been informed of cases of COVID-19 transmitted at Coeur Mining’s Silvertip mine in Northern BC.

All Yukon and Lower Post workers who were at the mine since this time are being individually notified either by the company, their employer or by Yukon Communicable Disease Control.

As a precaution, anyone working at the mine who has left the mine site within the previous two weeks should self-isolate until 14 days following their departure from the mine. In addition, anyone who has been at the mine site during the period from February 17 to the present should carefully self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If any symptoms develop, however mild, they should immediately self-isolate and arrange to get tested.

People from Watson Lake and the surrounding area, including Lower Post, who were at the mine and have symptoms should contact the Watson Lake Community Hospital at 867-536-4444 to arrange for testing.

If you are in Whitehorse, you can get tested at the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre (CTAC). The centre is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Call 867-393-3083 for an appointment.

People in other Yukon communities can get tested at a community health centre.

Read the news release. 

March 11 – 18:13 – Statement from Premier Silver on the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic

Premier Silver has issued the following statement:

“Today marks the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic.

Around the country today, flags are being flown at half-mast to honour all those around the world who have lost their lives from COVID-19.

No one is immune from the impacts of COVID-19, and they continue to affect all of us. Simple things we once took for granted like hugging a loved one, celebrating accomplishments and coming together to grieve a loss have had to be postponed. Yukoners have had to make tremendous personal sacrifices to keep each other safe. It is thanks to your vigilance and care for one another that we have limited the spread of the virus here in the territory..."

Read the news release. 

March 11 – 15:40 – Statement from Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health advising Yukoners against all non-essential travel 

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued the following statement:

“With March break quickly approaching, I am reminding Yukoners that non-essential travel out of territory is not recommended. Out of an abundance of caution, I continue to recommend against all non-essential travel at this time.

Due to the uncertainty and the quick-moving nature of COVID-19, we need to reduce the risk of bringing COVID-19 back into the territory. We must work together over these coming months to limit the introduction of COVID-19 and variants within Yukon, and this means following strict self-isolation requirements upon arrival into the territory.

Read the news release. 

March 10 – 15:47 – Economic resilience plan will support local businesses

The Government of Yukon has released its economic resilience plan to help Yukon’s economy rebound with responsiveness and adaptability while Yukoners remain safe and healthy.

The economic resilience plan is a strategic response that looks at current planned projects and programs with an eye to maximizing benefits while outlining new initiatives to support Yukoners as we adapt and build economic resilience.

Read the news release. 

March 10 – 12:02 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Tuesday, March 9, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 72. Seventy-one people have recovered, one person has died and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,712 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Monday, March 8, there were 24,412 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 15,572 first doses and 8,840 second doses. By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 67 per cent in North Yukon; 71 per cent in West Yukon; 44 per cent in Central Yukon; 55 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 38 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 


March 5 – 13:08 – Next steps to move Yukon towards living with COVID-19

The Government of Yukon has released  A Path Forward: Next Steps, a strategy outlining how Yukon will move forward through the next phases of the pandemic. The approach focuses on reducing or modifying COVID-19 restrictions. It is contingent on the territory's overall vaccination rate, the new case count remaining low, the understanding and impact of the COVID-19 variants, and ongoing adherence to public health measures.

The strategy includes details on how Yukon will transition to the next phase of the pandemic response and how citizens can begin living sustainably with the virus as part of our everyday lives. A Path Forward: Next Steps replaces A Path Forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions, which was released in May 2020. The new approach stresses that in order to reduce the importation and transmission of the virus, we will need to strengthen some measures and ensure greater compliance with existing measures. As spring approaches, this will allow the flexibility to provide some relief from restrictions that affect the daily lives of Yukoners and move us into the next phase of recovery.

Read the news release. 

March 3 – 15:02 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and Deputy Chief receive COVID-19 vaccine

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Brendan Hanley and Deputy Chief Dr. Catherine Elliott received their COVID-19 vaccines today. Both were vaccinated this afternoon at the clinic in Whitehorse.

The clinic opened for all residents, age 18 and older on Monday, March 1, making Whitehorse the first capital city in Canada to open general public clinics. As of March 1, 32 per cent of adult Yukoners had received their first dose of the vaccine. Starting March 11, the clinic in Whitehorse will accept walk-ins.

Read the news release. 

March 3 – 11:06 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

State of Emergency

As of today, Yukon is extending the state of emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. This extension is critical to supporting the health, safety and economic wellbeing of Yukoners, and ensures that all Ministerial Orders enacted under the State of Emergency remain in place, including the requirement for those entering the territory to self-isolate for 14 days.

A full list of the orders and legislative changes made under the Civil Emergency Measures Act can be found on Legislation changes for COVID-19.

Read the news release. 

February 2021

February 25 – 10:54 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, February 24, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 72 with no active cases. Seventy-one people have recovered and one person has died. We have tested 8,048 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Wednesday, February 24, there were 14,364 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 10,781 first doses and 3,583 second doses. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Bookings for first and second doses in Whitehorse are available online and by phone. Visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot for more information.

Second vaccines are being administered in Yukon communities. Residents age 18 and older will have the opportunity to receive their first shot during the second visit. A third visit will ensure that everyone in the communities is able to get immunized.

Read the news release. 

February 25 – 10:11 – COVID-19 supports for Yukon businesses continue

The Government of Yukon is extending and expanding several COVID-19 economic programs to support Yukon businesses. These programs will help keep local businesses in operation during the pandemic and contribute to Yukon’s economic resiliency.

The Yukon Business Relief Program, which helps businesses break even, will relaunch on April 1. Yukon businesses that previously benefitted from the program can reapply for additional support until September 30, 2021.

Read the news release. 

February 18 – 11:34 – Dates set for additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Following the confirmation of the shipment of additional vaccine does in February, the Government of Yukon has set new vaccine clinic dates for Whitehorse residents. The clinic at the Convention Centre will reopen for first doses on Monday, February 22, 2021, for targeted groups.

The clinic will open to all Yukoners age 18 and older on Monday, March 1, 2021. Eligible residents are encouraged to book appointments in advance. Walk-ins will not be accommodated until Thursday, March 11, 2021. Appointments can be booked online at Yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot.

Read the news release. 

February 18 – 11:29 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, February 17, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 72. Sixty-nine people have recovered, one person has died and there are two active cases. We have tested 7,916 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Wednesday, February 17, there were 11,544 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 10,627 first doses and 917 second doses. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Second vaccines are being administered in Yukon communities. Residents age 18 and older will have the opportunity receive their first shot during the second visit. A third visit will ensure that everyone in the communities is able to get immunized.

Bookings for a second dose will open soon online and by phone. Visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot for more information.

Read the news release.

February 13 – 18:46 – additional public exposure notices

Three additional public exposure notifications are being issued today. These notifications are issued as a precaution. It does not mean COVID-19 plans, regulations and guidelines have not been followed.

Exposure notices

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at the following locations at the listed times and dates:

  • Canada Games Centre, running track
    • Thursday, February 4 between 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ​
       
  • Whiskey Jack’s Pub & Grill, dining room and off sales 
    • Saturday, February 6 between 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
       
  • Better Bodies 
    • Monday, February 8 between 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. 

Read the news release. 

February 12 – 17:23 – COVID-19 case update

Yukon is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today; one is confirmed and the other is a probable positive.

Case 71: Whitehorse resident, linked to an outbreak in an industrial worksite outside of Yukon.
Case 72: Whitehorse resident, linked to a previous case

Health status: Both are self-isolating and recovering.  

Exposure notices

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at one of the following locations:

  • Save-On-Foods
    • Thursday, February 11, 2021, between 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

On the following flight:

  • Air North 544 Vancouver to Whitehorse
    • Sunday, February 7, 2021, between 11 a.m. (PST) to 2:25 p.m. (MST)

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested.

Read the news release.

February 12 – 16:28 – Statement from Premier Sandy Silver and Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost on Yukon’s next vaccine shipment

Premier Silver and Minister Frost have issued the following statement:

“We have received confirmation the Yukon will receive 16,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine by the end of the month. The mass clinic for all eligible Yukoners will open in Whitehorse as soon as possible following the arrival of these doses.

Opening the clinic to all Yukoners 18 and older reduces barriers for vaccine access, which aligns with recommendations that the greatest way to protect the community is to immunize as many individuals as quickly as possible.

We have consistently pushed the federal government to recognize the importance of immunizing northern, remote and Indigenous communities..."

Read the news release. 

February 11 – 10:10 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, February 10, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,414 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Wednesday, February 10, there were 11,344 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 10,603 first doses and 830 second doses. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A mobile clinic in Dawson is administering vaccines this week at the long-term health care facility.

Second vaccines for other Yukon communities will be available in the near future. Residents age 18 and older will have the opportunity receive their first shot during the second visit. A third visit will ensure that everyone in the communities is able to get immunized.

Bookings for a second dose will open soon online and by phone. Visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot for more information.

Read the news release.

February 3 – 10:00 – February 4, 2021: COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, February 4, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,315 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Wednesday, February 3, there were 9,931 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Mobile clinics administering vaccines to residents age 18 and older have completed trips to Pelly Crossing, Teslin, Carcross and Tagish. This week they are in Burwash Landing, Destruction Bay, Carmacks, Faro, Haines Junction, Mayo and Stewart Crossing.

Read the news release. 

February 2 – 08:00 – Statement from Premier Sandy Silver and Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost on vaccine availability

Premier Sandy Silver and Minister Pauline Frost have released the following statement:

“On Friday, January 29, Moderna announced a reduction in their next vaccine shipment to Canada, which is scheduled for between February 4 and 10.  The Government of Canada has notified our government that our next shipment of vaccine will be reduced by 37 per cent, from 7,200 doses to 4,500 doses. It is anticipated that our fourth shipment scheduled for late February will also be reduced from 7,200 to 4,500.  Yukon is one of many jurisdictions in Canada and around the world that will see reduced shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks.

Despite the reduced vaccine availability, mobile clinics scheduled for rural communities this week will continue, as will the clinic for those age 60 and older in Whitehorse. Work is also underway to schedule the second dose for all individuals who have received their first dose, starting with the residents and staff of our long-term care homes..."

Read the news release.

January 2021

January 27 – 14:06 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, January 27, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,245 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Tuesday, January 26, there were 5,170 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

There are currently 14 mobile clinics scheduled in rural and remote areas, and residents within designated communities who are age 18 and older can receive a vaccine. A mobile clinic will also be offering a second vaccine dose to all staff and residents of long-term care homes starting the week of February 1.

Yukoners living in Whitehorse, Ibex Valley, Marsh Lake and Mount Lorne areas aged 60 and older can now book appointments for the week starting February 1. Those 65 and older are already eligible to book an appointment and receive a vaccine, and everyone 18 and over can receive a shot starting February 10.

Appointments can be booked at yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot or by calling 1-877-374-0425. Proof of residency will be required to receive a vaccination, such as government issued identification, a Yukon health care card, or mail displaying your name and address. After receiving a vaccine Yukoners must continue following health measures, such as wearing a mask.

Read the news release.

January 22 – 13:24 – Whitehorse COVID-19 screening drive-thru closes

The drive-thru COVID-19 screening service in Whitehorse will close end of day today. The drive-thru, located at Centennial Motors, 91628 Alaska Highway, in the wash bay, will no longer be open or available for testing people with symptoms.

The drive-thru testing centre was opened on November 23, 2020 to help meet the increased demand for testing. Since its opening, 816 people were tested at the drive-thru. Due to the low testing rates, this additional location is no longer needed.

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessments Center remains open for screening and assessment needs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The center can be found at 49 Waterfront place in Whitehorse.

Read the news release. 

January 20 – 13:30 – COVID-19 update

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, January 20, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,175 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Tuesday, 2,690 Yukoners have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, including all staff and residents of long-term care homes who chose to participate. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

There are currently 18 mobile clinics scheduled in rural and remote areas, and residents within designated communities who are age 18 and older can receive a vaccine.

Yukoners living in Whitehorse, Ibex Valley, Marsh Lake and Mount Lorne areas can also book a vaccine appointment if they are 70 years and older, or live in group settings. Whitehorse and area residents age 60 and older will be eligible starting February 1 and everyone 18 and over can receive a shot starting February 10.

Appointments can be booked at yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot or by calling 1-877-374-0425. After receiving a vaccine Yukoners must continue following health measures, such as wearing a mask.

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January 13 – 14:15 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, January 13, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-three people have recovered, one person has died and there are six active cases. We have tested 6,130 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

A second shipment of 7,200 Moderna vaccines will arrive on January 14. As of yesterday, 685 residents and staff in long-term care homes had received their first dose of the vaccine. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Some Yukoners can begin registering for COVID-19 vaccinations online starting today by going to yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot. Mobile vaccine clinics will be in Watson Lake on January 18, Beaver Creek on January 21 and Old Crow on January 22. Vaccinations will also begin in Whitehorse on January 18 for select groups. For these first weeks in Whitehorse, immunizations will be available to:

  • high risk health care workers who may care for or be in contact with COVID-19 patients;
  • older adults (starting with 70 years and older); and
  • people who are marginalized and living in group settings like the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter and Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

Beginning Thursday, January 14, appointments can be booked by calling 1-877-374-0425. Immunization times and locations will be updated regularly on Yukon.ca.

COVID-19 vaccines are not currently approved for children or recommended for pregnant people. After receiving the vaccine Yukoners must continue following health measures, such as wearing a mask.

COVID-19 testing schedule 

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre in Whiteho is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday. The drive-thru testing centre in Whitehorse is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, except for statutory holidays.

Those experiencing severe symptoms and requiring immediate assistance can go to the Whitehorse General Hospital Emergency Department, a community hospital or a health centre.

From Thursday, January 7, to Wednesday, January 13, there were 59 people tested at the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre and drive-thru testing locations in Whitehorse.

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January 8, 2021 – 17:20 – Possible COVID-19 case confirmed negative

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms that a possible case linked to multiple contacts over the past week has tested negative for COVID-19. This person was initially tested outside of the territory using a point-of-care rapid test, which gave a positive result. To confirm the results, the Government of Yukon requested a second test using the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that is considered to be the gold standard in COVID-19 testing.

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January 7, 2021 – 16:45 – COVID-19 update

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, January 7, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 69. Fifty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are 9 active cases. We have tested 6,057 people.

Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in Yukon with 310 doses given out between January 4 and 6, 2021. Regular updates on total vaccinations will be provided every Wednesday and posted to Yukon.ca.

Yukon is expected to receive enough doses of the Moderna vaccine to vaccinate 75 per cent of the adult population by the end of March. No vaccine is currently approved for children or recommended for pregnant people.

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January 7, 2021 – 14:49 – Vaccine rollout schedule released

The Government of Yukon’s rollout schedule for administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the territory is now available.

Two mobile teams will provide vaccinations in communities across the territory, starting the week of January 18, 2021. Each mobile team will travel with multiple immunizers providing the vaccine to as many people as possible while they are in each community. The Whitehorse vaccination clinic is scheduled to open the week of January 18, 2021.

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January 4, 2021 – 16:34 – First Yukoners receive COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccinations started today at Whistle Bend Place in Whitehorse. This marks the start of a territory-wide immunization campaign that will be the most comprehensive vaccine program ever delivered in Yukon.

Read the news release. 

January 1, 2021: four new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms four new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the territory’s total to 64 cases. There are currently four active cases in Yukon.

  • Cases 61, 62, 63, 64: Yukoners, close or household contacts of an out-of-territory traveller
  • Health status: Recovering at home

Public exposure notifications

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection in these two places:

  • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    • Air North 2517 Vancouver to Whitehorse, 12:15 p.m. (PST) to 4:50 p.m. (MST)
  • Sunday, December 27, 2020
    • Canada Games Centre, Whitehorse, in the Wellness Room, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the self-assessment online and arrange to get tested.

Read the news release.

2020 news releases

August 2, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

The Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting one additional death from COVID-19 and seven new cases of COVID-19 from 12 p.m. Friday, July 30 to 12 p.m. today. The number of active cases is currently at 60. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 603; 541 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in the Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory individuals who are diagnosed in the Yukon are counted in the active count but not in the case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 30, there are seven new cases:

  • Six cases in Whitehorse, one in rural Yukon.
  • The person who passed away was in their 40s and was not vaccinated.

Read the news release. 


August 1, 2021: public exposure notification

The Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued a public exposure notice for the 10 a.m. Air Canada flight from Whitehorse to Vancouver on Friday, July 23, 2021.

Public exposure notification 

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were on the following flight:

  • Friday, July 23, 2021
    • Air Canada 8890
    • Whitehorse to Vancouver
    • Departure 10 a.m., arrival 12:26 p.m.

This is a low-risk public notice. Anyone who was on this flight is asked to self-monitor and if symptoms appear, self-isolate, remain at home and arrange to get tested either by calling 867-393-3083 or booking a test online. Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing. Anyone on this flight who is not fully vaccinated should pay particular attention.

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July 30, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

The Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 7 new cases and 1 probable case of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Thursday, July 29, and 12 p.m. today. The number of active cases is currently at 78.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020, is 596; 534 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in the Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory individuals who are diagnosed in the Yukon are counted in the active count but not in the Yukon total case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

For the news cases since 12 p.m. on July 29, there are 7 new cases: 5 in Whitehorse and 3 in rural Yukon, including the probable case.

Since June 1, 2021, 451 people have recovered and there have been 5 deaths. There have been a total of 7 deaths since November 2020.

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July 29, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting one additional death from COVID-19 and seven new cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, to 12 p.m. today. The number of active cases is currently at 80.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 589; 526 cases since June 1, 2021, including out of territory residents diagnosed in the Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory individuals who are diagnosed in the Yukon are counted in the active count but not in the case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

For new cases since 12 p.m. on July 28, there are seven confirmed cases:

  • Cases are from across the Yukon.

Since June 1, 2021, 441 people have recovered.

"We are saddened to report another COVID-19 death and our deepest sympathies are with the family of the individual who passed away last night in hospital. An unfortunate fact was this person was not immunized. We are losing too many Yukoners to this virus. Please get vaccinated. Sooner or later, COVID-19 will find its way to the unvaccinated and they are at the greatest risk."

– Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley

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July 28, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

For the first time since June 5, the Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. The number of active cases is continuing to trend downward with the current active case count at 77.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 582; 519 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory cases who are diagnosed in Yukon are counted in the territory’s active count but not in the Yukon case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

  • Four hundred thirty-eight people have recovered since June 1, 2021.

Immunizers are returning to rural Yukon communities beginning this week and running through to the third week of August. Book an appointment online here They will be providing both first and second doses of Pfizer for youth born in 2009 and up to the age of 17 and Moderna for people 18 and over. While appointments are recommended, walk-ins will be welcome. Immunizers ask that if you have made an appointment and can’t attend to please let the health centre know so that vaccine is not wasted.

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July 28, 2021: Youth vaccine eligibility expands as mobile clinics return to Yukon communities

As immunizers continue to support rural Yukon communities and health centre staff by returning this week to run COVID-19 vaccine clinics, the eligibility for youth for the vaccine has now been expanded.

Anyone born in 2009, even if they have not yet turned 12 years old, is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. This is an important step before students start returning to school.

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July 27, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 6 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Monday, July 26, and 12 p.m. today. For the 1st time in a week, there are more recoveries than new cases and this brings the active case count to 89. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020, is 582; 519 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory cases who are diagnosed in Yukon are counted in the territory's active count but not in the Yukon case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 26, there are 6 confirmed cases:

  • 3 in Whitehorse and 2 in rural Yukon
  • 1 out of territory resident present in Yukon
  • There are no new reported cases in Watson Lake for this time period

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July 26, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Friday, July 23, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 90.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020, is 579; 513 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. July 23, there are 28 confirmed cases.

  • The cases are spread throughout Yukon
  • Location confirmation is still pending

Since June 1, 2021, 419 people have recovered and there have been 4 deaths. There have been a total of 6 deaths since November 2020.

The rapid response testing team will remain in Watson Lake until end of day, Tuesday, July 27. Testing is taking place at the Watson Lake Recreation Centre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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July 23, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon Medical Health Officer Dr. Jesse Kancir is reporting nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Thursday, July 22 and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 77. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 551; 483 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 22, there are nine confirmed cases:

  • Locations are split between Whitehorse and rural communities

Since June 1, 2021, 402 people have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

The rapid response testing team will be in Watson Lake from July 24 through to the end of the day July 26. Rapid testing will take place in the Watson Lake Recreation Centre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The importance of getting both vaccines to complete the series continues to be stressed. Rural Health Centres and the mass clinic in Whitehorse are continuing to offer first and second doses of Moderna vaccine. Contact your local health centre or book an appointment online at the clinic in Whitehorse. 

Read the news release. 


July 22, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 72.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 542; 474 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 21, there are seven confirmed cases:

  • Locations are yet to be confirmed

Since June 1, 2021, 398 people have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

Because of an increase in cases in Watson Lake, a rapid response testing team will arrive in the community on Friday, July 23, to begin testing the following day. Rapid testing will be available Saturday through Monday in the ambulance bay of the Watson Lake Community Hospital. More details will be available on Yukon.ca.

The Watson Lake Health Centre is hosting an adult vaccination clinic on Friday, July 23, for first and second dose Moderna from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again on Friday, July 30. Appointments can be made by visiting Yukon.ca or calling 1-877-3740425.

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to stress the importance of getting both vaccines to complete the series. Rural health centres and the mass clinic in Whitehorse are continuing to offer first and second doses of Moderna vaccine. Contact your local health centre or book an appointment online at the clinic in Whitehorse. 

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July 21, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 66. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 534; 465 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 20, there are seven confirmed cases:

  • Locations are yet to be confirmed

Since June 1, 2021, 395 people have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

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July 21, 2021: Additional COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted as vaccine rate increases

As Yukon’s active case count continues to decline and vaccination rates increase in the territory and across Canada, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) has provided new recommendations regarding public health measures in place to protect Yukoners from COVID-19.

Effective August 4, the Yukon government will lift the requirement for people to self-isolate upon entry to the territory, the requirement to wear masks in indoor public spaces and the requirement for physical distancing at bars and restaurants, allowing these establishments to return to full capacity as it was before the pandemic.

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July 20, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting 5 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Monday, July 19, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 65.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020 is 527; 458 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 19, there are 5 confirmed cases:

  • 2 cases are in rural communities; and
  • 3 locations are pending.

Since June 1, 2021, 389 people have recovered and there have been 4 deaths. There have been a total of 6 deaths since November 2020.

The COVID-19 livestream update will take place Wednesday, July 21 at 2:30 p.m.

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July 19, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Friday, July 16, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 76.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 522; 453 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 16, there are 20 confirmed cases:

  • Fourteen cases are in Whitehorse
  • Four cases are in rural communities, two locations to be confirmed

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July 16, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Thursday, July 15, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 77. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 502; 432 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 15, there are five confirmed cases:

  • All cases are in Whitehorse.

Since June 1, 2021, 349 people have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

The next case update will be Monday, July 19, 2021.

Drive-up testing closes on Sunday, July 18, 2021

A drive up testing service was set up in mid-June in Whitehorse to address the increased demand for testing as a result of the June outbreak. Based on numbers of people currently seeking testing after hours, the drive-up testing service, operating from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily, will close at the end of the day on Sunday, July 18.

Testing is still available seven days per week. The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Dr. Elliott advises that testing for COVID-19 infection remains important. 

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book online to arrange for testing.

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre. Testing turnaround times remain very quick, 24 hours in the previous week, and negative results can now be accessed online for faster access to results.

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July 15, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 7 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 78.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020 are 497; 427 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 14, there are 7 confirmed cases:

  • 6 cases in Whitehorse; and
  • 1 in a rural community.

Since June 1, 2021, 345 people have recovered and there have been 4 deaths. There have been a total of 6 deaths since November 2020.

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July 14, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 81. 

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 490; 420 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 13, there are six confirmed cases:

  • Five cases in Whitehorse
  • One case in a rural community

Since June 1, 2021, three hundred and thirty-five individuals have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

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July 13, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 4 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Monday, July 12 and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 93.  

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020, is 484; 414 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 12:

  • 4 confirmed cases (all Yukoners);
  • 3 Whitehorse and 1 rural community;
  • 317 people have recovered since June 1, 2021 and
  • 4 deaths since June 2021, and 6 deaths total.

Public exposure notice:

Anyone who was at the Casa Loma Bar on Monday, July 5, 2021, between 6:30 p.m. and closing should self-monitor and seek testing if they become symptomatic.

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July 12, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting one new death and 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Friday, July 9 and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 103. 

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 480; 410 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases. One case previously identified as positive has been determined negative.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 9:

  • Nineteen confirmed cases (all Yukoners).
  • Eighteen Whitehorse, one rural community pending confirmation.
  • Three hundred and three individuals have recovered since June 1, 2021.
  • Four deaths since June 2021, six deaths total.

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July 9, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 6 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Thursday, July 8, and 12 p.m. today. This brings the active case count to 116 with reported recoveries.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020, is 461; 391 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases. 1 case previously identified as positive has been determined negative.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 8:

  • 6 confirmed cases (6 Yukoners), locations to be confirmed; 
  • 272 people have recovered since June 1, 2021; and
  • 5 deaths since November 2020.

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July 8, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, and 12 p.m. today. This brings the active case count to 123 with reported recoveries.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 456; 385 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 7:

  • 10 confirmed cases (10 Yukoners);
  • 4 cases in Whitehorse, 3 case in rural communities, 3 pending confirmation;
  • 335 people have recovered; and
  • 5 deaths since November 2020.

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July 7, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, and 12 p.m. today. This brings the active case count to 138 with reported recoveries. These current spread is primarily due to transmissions among people who are unvaccinated and vulnerable.  

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 447; 373 cases since June 1, including Out of Territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 6:

  • Thirteen confirmed cases: 12 Yukoners and one out of territory resident in Yukon.
  • Thirteen cases in Whitehorse and zero case in rural communities, pending confirmation.
  • Two hundred ten individuals in the most recent outbreak have recovered.
  • Five deaths since November 2020.

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July 6, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Monday, July 5, and 12 p.m. today. This brings the active case count to 147 with reported recoveries. The surge in COVID-19 infections continues in Whitehorse with fewer cases in communities throughout Yukon.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 435. There have been 360 cases since June 1, 2021, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

Read the news release.


July 5, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 40 new cases of COVID-19 between noon Friday, July 2 and noon today. This brings the active case count to 149 with reported recoveries.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 425. There have been 351 cases since June 1, 2021, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since noon on July 2, 2021:

  • Forty confirmed cases.
  • Twenty-seven cases in Whitehorse, seven cases in rural communities, six pending confirmation.
  • One hundred and ninety-nine individuals in the most recent outbreak have recovered.
  • Five deaths since November 2020.

Read the news release. 


July 2, 2021: COVID-19 case count update 

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 31 new cases of COVID-19 since June 30, 2021. This brings the active case count to 146 with reported recoveries.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 388; 303 cases since June 1, 2021.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 30, 2021:

  • 31 confirmed cases;
  • 17 in Whitehorse, 5 cases in rural communities, 6 pending confirmation and 3 out of territory residents currently in Yukon;
  • 160 people in the most recent outbreak have recovered; and
  • 5 deaths since November 2020.

Long-term care homes limit visitors

From July 2 to July 16, long-term care homes in Yukon will reduce the number of visitors permitted per resident, from 6 to 2 for indoor visits. All other guidelines remain unchanged. This step is being taken to protect all those who live in long-term care homes as Yukon experiences its 1st wave of COVID-19. To date there have been no cases of COVID-19 within any of Yukon’s long-term care homes.

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June 30, 2021 – 17:44 – COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 15 new cases of COVID-19 for today. This brings the active case count to 134 with reported recoveries. He is also strongly recommending that Yukoners take steps to limit contacts over the next 4 to 6 weeks.

Yukoners are being asked to:

  • “stick to six”, limit social gatherings to a maximum of 6 people indoors and outdoors;
  • limit organized gatherings to 10 people indoors with masking, 20 outdoors with physical distancing;
  • if possible, consider postponing events;
  • in bars and restaurants, do not visit among tables, follow rules of the establishment, do not crowd the bar and when finished, go home;
  • do not go to work if you are sick or exhibiting any symptoms;
  • at your workplace, follow handwashing, masking and distancing guidelines;
  • keep children home from daycares if you can and you are not an essential or critical worker; and
  • check with communities when travelling to see what they are posting and limit social visits between communities.


Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 357

Read the news release


June 29, 2021 – 17:44 –  COVID-19 case count update includes one new death

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 for today and 1 additional death. This brings the active case count to 130 with reported recoveries. Since June 4, 2021, all of the variant testing results received to date are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.

Yukon’s total case count since March 22, 2020: 342

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 28, 2021:

  • 10 confirmed cases;
  • 4 cases in Whitehorse and 6 cases in rural communities;
  • 208 people in the most recent outbreak have recovered;
  • 5 deaths since November 2020; and
  • 1 case is a non-Yukon resident, this case is included in the active case count, but not in the total case count.

Public exposure notice

Anyone who was at the '98 Hotel between Saturday, June 19, 2021, and Sunday, June 27, 2021, during opening hours should seek testing and stay home if they have any symptoms.

Read the news release.


June 28, 2021 – 18:11 – Chief Medical Officer of Health reports 22 new cases

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 24 new cases of COVID-19. There are now 136 active cases in the territory.

Yukon’s total case count is: 332

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 27, 2021:

  • 22 confirmed cases;
  • the majority of cases are in Whitehorse;
  • investigation and contact tracing remain underway; and
  • 114 people have recovered since June 1.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities. 12 of 14 communities are home to COVID-19 positive people.

Read the news release.


June 27, 2021 – 19:06 – New COVID-19 cases confirmed; further guidance on outbreak provided

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 44 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday afternoon. There are now 124 active cases in the territory. He now states this is the 1st true “wave” of COVID-19 in Yukon.

Yukon’s total case count: 308

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 25:

  • 44 confirmed cases;
  • the majority of cases are in Whitehorse; and
  • 102 individuals have recovered since June 1.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities. 11 of 14 communities are home to COVID-19 positive people.

Read the news release.


June 25, 2021 – 17:45 – Chief Medical Officer of Health advises ‘social firebreak’: informal gatherings of no more than six as case count continues to rise

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 22 new cases of COVID-19 for today. This brings the active case count to 111 with reported recoveries. Since June 4, 2021, all of the variant testing results received to date are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.

Yukon’s total case count: 264

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 24:

  • Twenty-two confirmed cases.
  • The majority of cases are in Whitehorse.
  • Seventy-one individuals in the most recent outbreak have recovered.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, with recent cases having spread through large unorganized social gatherings. Yukoners are being strongly encouraged to limit social gatherings to six people. Out of the 14 communities, 12 of them are home to COVID-19 positive people.

Read the news release. 


June 24, 2021 – 18:00 – Chief Medical Officer of Health reports 18 new cases of COVID-19

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 for today. This brings the active case count to 107 with reported recoveries. Since June 4, 2021, all of the variant testing results received to date are positive for the Gamma variant.

Yukon’s total case count: 242

For the new cases since noon on June 23:

  • Eighteen confirmed cases
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way to verify where cases are in Yukon.
  • Fifty three individuals in the most recent outbreak have recovered.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities. Eleven of 14 communities are home to COVID-19 positive people.

Read the news release.


 

June 23, 2021 – 18:00 – June 23, 2021: Chief Medical Officer of Health reports one death and four new cases of COVID-19

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is saddened to announce the death of another Yukon resident from COVID-19.

There are four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, and the active case count is 103. Since June 4, 2021, all of the variant testing results received to date are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.

Yukon’s total case count: 224

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 22:

  • Four confirmed cases.
  • Three cases are in Whitehorse and one is in a rural community.
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way.
  • Several individuals previously reported as recovered have been reclassified as active cases due to persisting symptoms.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities. Eleven of 14 communities are home to COVID-19 positive people.

Read the news release. 


June 22, 2021 – 16:27 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed; community transmission among unvaccinated

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is announcing eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are now 92 active cases in the territory with recoveries expected. Since June 4, 2021, screening results received so far indicate all cases are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.  

Yukon’s total case count: 220

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 21:

  • Eight confirmed cases.
  • Seven cases are in Whitehorse and 1 in rural communities.
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way.

COVID-19 is now widespread throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities.


June 21, 2021 – 15:33 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed; community transmission among unvaccinated

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is announcing 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Saturday afternoon. There are now 100 active cases in the territory. Since June 4, 2021, screening results received so far indicate all cases are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.  

Yukon’s total case count: 212.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 19:

  • Thirty confirmed cases.
  • Fourteen recoveries.
  • Twenty-three cases are in Whitehorse and seven in rural communities.
  • One new hospitalization, two previous cases remain in the hospital.  
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way.

COVID-19 is now widespread throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities.

Read the news release. 


June 19, 2021 – 16:13 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed; community transmission among unvaccinated

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is announcing 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are now 87 active cases in the territory. Thirty one are confirmed as the Gamma (P.1)variant, however it is presumed that all cases identified since June 4, 2020 are this variant of concern.

Yukon’s total case count: 182

For the new cases today:

  • Twenty nine confirmed cases.
  • Six recoveries.
  • Twenty two cases are in Whitehorse and seven in rural communities.
  • No new hospitalizations, 3 previous cases remain in hospital.
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way.

June 18, 2021 – 18:15 – F.H. Collins prom attendees directed to self-isolate; case count continues to increase

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is directing Grade 12 students who attended the F.H. Collins prom event on Friday, June 11, to self-isolate until end of day on Friday, June 25, at 11:59 p.m. This direction is issued under his authority under Sections 11 and 17 of the Communicable Disease regulation under the Public Health and Safety Act.

One of nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for today is a student at the school who attended the event. Everyone who attended the F.H. Collins Cap and Gown event on Thursday, June 10, are being asked to self-monitor only. Letters are being sent to students involved.

In addition, under this same authority, Dr. Hanley is directing students in four Grade 9 classes at Porter Creek Senior Secondary to self-isolate until end of day on Friday, June 25. Letters are being sent to students in those classes.  If students or their parents do not receive a letter by end of day Friday, June 18th, the student is not required to self-isolate.

Read the news release. 


June 18, 2021 – 11:53 – Drive-up COVID-19 testing opens tonight to address increased demand

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre (CTAC) will open a drive-up testing centre tonight to assist with demand for testing since the beginning of the most recent outbreak.

While CTAC has been able to meet most of the demand for testing with indoor testing, the drive up option will assist those who are nervous about their exposure by coming inside. They can now request an in-car option.

The drive-up centre will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week to provide surge capacity during the outbreak. The centre will be staffed by health professionals from both Health and Social Services and from Emergency Medical Services.

CTAC has tested 577 people since June 9 with appointments heavily booked most days. The opening of the drive-up option adds 33 testing slot per day. Appointments are required and can be booked on line at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/. The drive-up testing unit will be located in the parking lot adjacent to CTAC.

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June 17, 2021 – 17:07 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, announces nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are now 54 active cases in the territory including one probable case and two out of territory cases. While only 11 are confirmed as Gamma variant, it is presumed that all recent cases are this variant of concern.

Yukon’s total case count: 145 confirmed and one probable case.*

For the new cases today:

  • Nine confirmed cases.
  • Today’s cases are in Whitehorse with one in a rural community.
  • All are isolating and recovering at home.

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June 15, 2021 – 17:00 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces 16 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and one probable case overnight. There are now 49 active cases in the territory. While only five are confirmed as Gamma variant, it is presumed that all recent cases are this variant of concern.

Yukon’s total case count: 136 confirmed and one probable case.

For the new cases today:

  • Forty-nine confirmed cases, including two out-of-territory Yukon residents.
  • One probable Yukon resident.
  • Forty-four cases are in Whitehorse and six in rural communities.
  • Two people are fully vaccinated, three are partially vaccinated, 33 are unvaccinated and 17 are still under investigation.
  • All are isolating and recovering at home.

Read the news release. 

Get information for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. 


June 15, 2021 –  17:18  – 12 cases overnight; vaccination the key to prevention of further spread

The Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is issuing a strong recommendation that anyone not yet vaccinated make an appointment for their shot at the mass clinic in Whitehorse or at their health centre in rural Yukon. Her recommendation comes after 12 new cases of the COVID-19 Gamma variant (P.1) were diagnosed overnight.

10 of the cases are in Whitehorse and 2 in rural Yukon communities. Positive cases range in age from 10 to 40 years. All cases are linked to a Whitehorse contact. Only 1 individual in this most recent group was vaccinated. Of the 36 cases diagnosed since June 4, only 2  have been fully vaccinated. 3 of our earlier cases have now recovered. We currently have 33 active cases.

This outbreak involves several groups:

  • graduating Whitehorse high school students and their close contacts;
  • 2 classes at Elijah Smith Elementary School; and
  • adults who are socializing at parties and in bars.

Specific guidance has been provided by Yukon Communicable Disease Control to all student groups and parents, as well as individual positive cases.  

Read the news release.


June 14, 2021 – 19:23 – third COVID-19 death for Yukon

Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has confirmed a third death of a Yukon resident with COVID-19.

The Whitehorse resident was linked to a previous case and was unvaccinated.

Since Sunday, June 13, there are five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yukon. Yukon’s total case count is 107.

For the new cases today:

  • Cases 105 to 107 are linked to the current outbreak.
  • Of the five cases announced today, three are in Whitehorse and two in communities:
    • One is a student at Elijah Smith Elementary School. Parents are being informed by Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliot and the Department of Education.
    • Two of these cases are out of territory residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in Yukon. They are included in our active case count but not our total case count.
  • It is expected that all cases will be Gamma variant of concern.
  • All cases are self-isolating and recovering.
  • Three of our previous cases have recovered.

Read the news release. 


June 13, 2021 – 18:44 – Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health declares COVID-19 outbreak

Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is declaring a COVID-19 outbreak in Whitehorse with six new cases since Friday. The Gamma variant has been identified in this outbreak. There are now 18 active cases and Yukon’s total case count is at 104.

The outbreak is linked to youth and adults who are not yet vaccinated. It includes participants at both organized and informal events linked to high school graduation, as well as adults who are socializing in close proximity such as at bars and house parties.

The outbreak includes 18 cases; 15 cases are in Whitehorse and three are in rural Yukon. There are no new public exposure notifications.

Of the six new cases:

  • all are linked to this outbreak; and
  • all are self-isolating and recovering at home.

How to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19

  • All contacts of a person with COVID-19 must isolate for an entire 14 days since last exposure.
  • Contacts who are fully vaccinated must isolate only if they are a household contact of a person with COVID-19. A household contact is defined as living with a case or having direct physical contact (e.g. caregiver, partner) even if not living with an individual.
  • Contact means sharing saliva, or coughing on another person, talking for 15 minutes without physical distancing and other similar types of shared activities.

*If you are given advice by Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC) that is different from this, please follow their advice as the health professionals.

People with symptoms

With current active cases in Yukon, testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever in order to identify possible community spread. People who are vaccinated may acquire COVID-19 in rare circumstances and should seek testing if symptoms develop.

Testing turnaround times remain very quick, 36 hours in the previous week, and negative results can now be accessed online at https://service.yukon.ca/forms/en/get-covid19-test-result.

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should self-isolate and call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book on-line to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Read the news release. 


June 11, 2021 – 17:40 – Porter Creek Senior Secondary School prom ceremony cancelled

A student at Porter Creek Senior Secondary School (PCSS) is one of two new cases of COVID-19 announced today by Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott.

There are now 15 active cases in the territory.  Dr. Elliott confirms that eight of these are now confirmed as the P.1 (Gamma) variant of concern. The P1 variant is known to spread more quickly among unvaccinated individuals. Others have yet to be confirmed. Yukon’s total case count is 98.

For the new cases today:

  • The PCSS prom ceremony, scheduled for June 12, has been cancelled. The Department of Education will work with the graduation committee to reschedule the event when it safe to do so.
  • Students in the Porter Creek graduating class are advised to self-isolate, self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptomatic.
  • Further direction will be provided to the school and parents about any further recommendations by Wednesday, June 16 at the latest.
  • Students involved in graduation events at all three Whitehorse high schools are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptomatic.
  • Case 97 and 98 are both Whitehorse residents, linked to previously announced cases. Both are isolating and recovering at home.

Read the news release. 


June 10, 2021 – 17:28 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed 

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one probable case. There are now 13 active cases in the territory. Dr. Hanley confirms that 5 of these are the P.1 (Gamma) variant of concern. Yukon’s total case count is 96.

Two of the three people hospitalized have been medevaced to hospitals outside the territory.

Twelve of the 13 cases announced since Saturday, June 5, were not fully vaccinated. The one person who tested positive and was fully vaccinated is recovering with mild symptoms.

For the new cases today:

  • Two of these cases are close contacts of previous cases.
  • All are isolating and recovering at home.
  • Case investigations for all are ongoing.

Public exposure notices

There are two extensions to previous exposure notices.

  • Casa Loma Motel Bar
    • Monday, May 31, between 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
       
  • Whisky Jack’s Pub and Grill
    • Monday, May 31, between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

People with symptoms

With current active cases in Yukon, testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever in order to identify possible community spread. People who are vaccinated may acquire COVID-19 in rare circumstances and should seek testing if symptoms develop.

Testing turnaround times remain very quick (24 hours in the previous week) and negative results can now be accessed online for faster access to results.

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book online to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Read the news release.


June 9, 2021 – 17:26 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces two new confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of whom was previously a probable case. There are now nine active cases in the territory. Dr. Hanley confirms that five of these are now confirmed as the P.1 (Gamma) variant of concern. Yukon’s total case count is 92.

For the new cases today:

  • Cases 88, 89 and 90 and 92 are Whitehorse residents; all are self-isolating and contact tracing is ongoing.
  • Case 91 is a community resident who is isolating and case investigation continues.

Public exposure notices

There are two new public exposure notices associated with the new cases. People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at one of the following locations in Whitehorse:

  • Save On Foods
    • Thursday, June 3, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
       
  • Bigway Foods
    • Thursday, June 3, between 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

People with symptoms

With current active cases in Yukon, testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever in order to identify possible community spread.  People who are vaccinated may acquire COVID-19 in rare circumstances and should seek testing if symptoms develop.

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book online to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Read the news release.


June 9, 2021 – 14:03 – Third survey on student learning during COVID-19 now live

The Government of Yukon has launched the third instalment of the learning during COVID-19 survey to gather feedback from students, families and school staff on their experiences and perspectives related to learning as well as health and safety during the last half of the school year.

The survey includes new questions on how the pandemic has impacted mental health and wellness; the types of mental health and wellness services being accessed; and awareness of support services and the preferences for accessing them. Questions were also expanded to explore whether respondents felt there was lost learning this year.

A link to the online survey was sent directly to families and school staff by email on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The survey will remain open until the end of the day on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Take the survey. 

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June 9, 2021 – 11:50 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, June 9, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 90. Eighty-two people have recovered, two people have died, and there are six active cases confirmed and two probable cases in Yukon. We have tested 7,567 people.

Self-isolation update

Effective June 18, children under 12 returning from outside the territory will not have to self-isolate for 14 days if they are with a parent or caregiver who has been fully vaccinated.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Tuesday, June 8, there were 54,538 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 29,099 first doses and 25,439 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 82 per cent in North Yukon; 85 per cent in West Yukon; 57 per cent in Central Yukon; 63 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 81 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 73 per cent in North Yukon; 80 per cent in West Yukon; 51 per cent in Central Yukon; 57 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 73 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

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June 8, 2021 – 19:12 – public exposure notification

Public exposure notices are being issued for several Whitehorse locations linked to cases of COVID-19 announced earlier today.

Public exposure notification 

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at one of the following locations:

  • Casa Loma Motel Bar
    • Saturday, May 29, between 9 p.m. to closing
    • Monday, May 31, between 11 p.m. to closing
    • Saturday, June 5, between 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)
       
  • Whiskey Jacks Pub & Grill
    • Friday, May 28, between 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 5, between 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
       
  • Walmart
    • Sunday, June 6, between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 6, between 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
       
  • Canadian Tire
    • Sunday, June 6, between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone who was at the following locations and who is experiencing COVID-19 -like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested either by calling 867-393-3083 or booking a test online https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/. Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested.

Read the news release. 


June 8, 2021 – 16:42 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces one new confirmed and two new probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the territory’s total to 88 confirmed and two probable cases. There are currently six active cases in Yukon. Two of the people with COVID-19 are currently in the hospital.

For the new cases today:

  • all three cases were identified in Whitehorse; 
  • all are isolating;
  • contact tracing is ongoing; and 
  • sites of potential public exposure will be announced if identified.

There are no new cases at Victoria Gold. The three individuals positive for COVID-19 have now been identified as having the P.1 (Gamma) variant of concern. They remain in isolation.

Read the news release. 


June 5, 2021 – 18:00 – Four new COVID-19 cases confirmed; outbreak identified at mine site

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms four new cases of COVID-19, including three new confirmed cases at the Victoria Gold Mine Site. This is the first report of cases at a mine site.

  • Case 85 is a Yukon resident who was infected, diagnosed out of the territory and will remain out of the territory.
  • The other three cases are on the mine site and there are no identified public exposures at this time. Cases 86 and 87 are Yukon residents. The third case at the mine is a resident from another part of Canada.
    • These three individuals are recovering and isolating on site.
    • They were on the mine site throughout their period of infectivity.
  • Contact tracing is underway to control and prevent further spread. Additional cases may be expected.

Read the news release. 


June 2, 2021 – 11:00 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, June 1, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 84. Eighty-two people have recovered, two people have died and there are no active cases in Yukon. We have tested 7,567 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Tuesday, May 31, there were 52,913 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 27,976 first doses and 24,937 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 80 per cent in North Yukon; 84 per cent in West Yukon; 56 per cent in Central Yukon; 62 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 80 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 71 per cent in North Yukon; 78 per cent in West Yukon; 51 per cent in Central Yukon; 57 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 72 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A clinic in Whitehorse is open for residents age 18 and older to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine by appointment or by walk-in. The clinic is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Wednesdays it is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents age 18 and older in rural Yukon can call their local clinics for an appointment or receive a vaccination in Whitehorse.

Online vaccination bookings for youth between 12 and 17 years old are open.

To book an appointment and find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

Read the news release. 

May 27, 2021 – 15:25 – The Yukon extends State of Emergency

As of today, the Government of Yukon is extending the State of Emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA).

By extending the State of Emergency, the Government of Yukon remains able to adapt to potential rapid changes in the COVID-19 situation, including monitoring the third wave in Canada and reviewing emerging data on variant spread to inform our decisions.

The State of Emergency will be extended for up to 90 days and can be cancelled at any time.

Several public health restrictions were lifted on May 25, 2021. The Government of Yukon will continue to follow the recommendations of Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and regularly evaluate the level of restrictions in place required to protect the health and safety of Yukoners.

Read the news release.

May 26, 2021 – 11:00 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, May 26, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 84. Eighty-two people have recovered, two people have died and there are no active cases in Yukon. We have tested 7,469 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Tuesday, May 25, there were 52,108 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 27,673 first doses and 24,435 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 76 per cent in North Yukon; 83 per cent in West Yukon; 54 per cent in Central Yukon; 61 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 78 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 69 per cent in North Yukon; 76 per cent in West Yukon; 48 per cent in Central Yukon; 56 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 69 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A clinic in Whitehorse is open for residents age 18 and older to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine by appointment or by walk-in. The clinic is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Wednesdays it is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents age 18 and older in rural Yukon can call their local clinics for an appointment or receive a vaccination in Whitehorse.

Online vaccination bookings for youth between 12 and 17 years old are open.

To book an appointment and find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

Read the news release. 


May 21,  2021 – 12:14 – Public health restrictions to be lifted on May 25

As the Yukon’s vaccine uptake continues to increase the Government of Yukon will begin lifting public health restrictions on Tuesday, May 25.

Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer need to self-isolate upon entry to the territory as of May 25.

These individuals will need to sign a declaration that they have been fully vaccinated and will also need to provide consent for the verification of their vaccination status in order to be exempt from self-isolation requirements.

If an individual does not want to consent to providing that information, they can still enter the territory as long as they self-isolate for 14 days.

Additional changes as of May 25 include:

  • bars and restaurants will be able to return to full capacity for table service;
  • social bubbles can increase to 20 individuals;
  • social gathering sizes can increase with physical distancing:
    • indoor gatherings up to 20 individuals with mask use;
    • outdoor gatherings up to 100 individuals;
  • organized indoor and outdoor gatherings and events can increase to 200 individuals with physical distancing provided the venue or space can accommodate;
  • funerals, weddings and faith-based services can increase to 200 individuals with physical distancing provided the venue or space can accommodate;
  • gyms and recreation centres can increase to 200 individuals with physical distancing provided the venue or space can accommodate; and
  • camps and recreational programs can increase to 20 individuals indoors with physical distancing and mask use and 100 individuals outdoors with physical distancing.

These changes are based on recommendations from Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley and are guided by A Path Forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

Yukoners are still required to follow the Safe 6, plus 1, which means wearing a mask in indoor public places. To book a vaccine appointment or find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

Read May 25, 2021, changes at a glance ‒ Path Forward ‒ next steps update.

Read the news release.


May 19, 2021 – 11:00 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, May 19, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 84. Eighty-two people have recovered, two people have died and there are no active cases in Yukon. We have tested 7,398 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Monday, May 17, there were 50,998 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 27,153 first doses and 23,845 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 76 per cent in North Yukon; 83 per cent in West Yukon; 54 per cent in Central Yukon; 61 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 78 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 69 per cent in North Yukon; 76 per cent in West Yukon; 48 per cent in Central Yukon; 56 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 69 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 


May 18, 2021 – 13:45 – COVID-19 vaccination clinics for youth begin May 31

The Government of Yukon has scheduled clinics for Yukon youth age 12 to 17 to be vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Beginning May 31, youth will be able to receive their first doses in Yukon communities. In Whitehorse, first shots will be administered starting June 1. Second dose clinics will start as early as June 23. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to get their shot for a safe and enjoyable summer.

Clinics in communities will be held in schools. In Whitehorse, clinics will be held at the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre.

Due to the limited supply and stricter handling requirements, the Pfizer vaccine will only be available to Yukon youth for a short time, and clinic dates will be more limited than the adult vaccine clinics.

Youth vaccine clinics for first and second doses will be held in nearly every Yukon community. Medical travel will be supported in the communities where a clinic is not held, or for youth who are unable to make the clinic date in their community.

Yukon youth COVID-19 clinic schedule (for youth age 12 to 17)

Community

First dose 1 clinic

Second dose clinic

Location

Carcross/Tagish

June 4

June 29

Ghùch Tlâ Community School

Carmacks

June 9

July 7

Tantalus School

Dawson City

June 10

July 8

Robert Service School

Faro

May 31

June 23

Del Van Gorder School

Haines Junction (includes youth from Destruction Bay, Burwash Landing and Beaver Creek)

June 2

June 28

St. Elias Community School

Mayo

June 7

July 5

J.V. Clark School

Old Crow

June 15

July 9

Chief Zheh Gittlit School

Pelly Crossing

June 8

July 6

Eliza Van Bibber School

Ross River

May 31

June 23

Ross River School

Teslin

June 11

July 13

Khàtìnas.àxh Community School

Watson Lake (includes youth from Lower Post, Good Hope Lake and Dease River)

June 1

June 24

Watson Lake Secondary School

Whitehorse (includes youth from Atlin,  Lower Post, Good Hope Lake, Dease River)

June 1 – June 18 (clinics offered Tuesday through Friday)

June 23 – July 13 (clinics offered Tuesday through Friday)

Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre

Read the news release. 


May 17, 2021 – 15:00 – Yukon surpasses 75 per cent vaccination rate

Yukon’s COVID-19 vaccination rate has now reached 76 per cent for first doses of the vaccine. As of May 17th, 26,242 eligible Yukon adults have received their first dose of the vaccine and 23,236 have had their second dose.

Vaccine uptake is increasing in every age group with rates ranging from 65 per cent for first doses in those aged 18 to 29 years, to 90 per cent in those aged 70 and over. Seventy two per cent of those aged 30 to 39 have received first doses; 75 per cent of those in the 40-to-49 year age group, 77 per cent of those aged 50 to 59 and 83 per cent of those aged 60 to 69. 73 per cent of males 18 and over, and 78 per cent of females 18 and over have received their first vaccination. Second dose percentages are lower as the second doses must be administered a minimum of 28 days following the first dose.

Read the news release.


May 12, 2021 – 11:26 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, May 12, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 84. Eighty people have recovered, two people have died and there is one active case in Yukon and one active case of a Yukoner out of the territory. We have tested 7,305 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Monday, May 10, there were 49,836 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 26,583 first doses and 23,253 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 76 per cent in North Yukon; 83 per cent in West Yukon; 54 per cent in Central Yukon; 60 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 76 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 68 per cent in North Yukon; 83 per cent in West Yukon; 47 per cent in Central Yukon; 55 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 67 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 


May 12, 2021 – 11:17 – Vaccine statistics released for all Yukon communities

With 74 per cent of all eligible Yukoners having had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the third round of mobile immunization clinics in all rural communities completed, the Government of Yukon has released current vaccination rates for all Yukon communities. Uptake is expected to continue to increase and updated rates will be released monthly.

A clinic in Whitehorse is open for residents age 18 and older to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine by appointment or by walk-in. The clinic is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Wednesdays it is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The third round of mobile vaccination tours to Yukon communities is complete. Residents age 18 and older can call their local clinics for an appointment or can receive a vaccination in Whitehorse.

To book an appointment and find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

Read the news release. 


May 12, 2021 – 10:53 – COVID-19 vaccinations to be available for Yukon youth

The Government of Yukon is working to protect Yukon youth from COVID-19. A supply of the Pfizer vaccine has been arranged for the territory and will allow Yukoners aged 12 to 17 to be vaccinated in the coming weeks.

Vaccination clinics for youth are expected to begin soon. Youth vaccine clinics will be held in most communities and medical travel will be supported for those places where a youth clinic is not held.

Read the news release. 


May 11, 2021 – 15:00 – new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the territory’s total to 84 cases. There is currently one active case in Yukon.

  • Case 83 is an adult in Whitehorse and is related to international travel.
    • There were no public exposures.
    • The individual is isolating in a safe and effective manner.
  • Case 84 is a Yukon resident who acquired the infection out of the territory, was tested out of the territory and will remain out of Yukon until non-infectious.
    • This individual is included in the Yukon count but does not increase the number of active cases in the territory.

People with symptoms

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book on-line to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/.  

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Read the news release. 


May 6, 2021 – 15:45 – Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Brendan Hanley host a live question and answer event for Yukoners

On Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m., Yukoners are invited to tune in and ask questions to Canada’s Chief Public Officer of Health Dr. Theresa Tam and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley during a live question and answer event moderated by Gurdeep Pandher. Register to watch the live event here: https://ca01web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L8WcR6kzRDe8SCnPrn_MzA  

Yukoners can submit their questions by sending a message to the Health and Social Services Facebook page or sending an email to hss@yukon.ca. Yukoners tuning into the live event will have an opportunity to ask both medical professionals a question by using the chat feature.  

Read the news release. 


May 5, 2021 – 13:30 – Yukon lifting restrictions as vaccine uptake increases

Nearly 75 per cent of eligible Yukoners have now received their first vaccine shot and 65 per cent have received both doses. The strong uptake will allow Yukon to lift COVID-19 restrictions starting later this month.

Today Premier Sandy Silver announced plans to ease travel restrictions in the coming weeks. Beginning Tuesday, May 25, people arriving in Yukon from anywhere in Canada will not have to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated, provided their vaccination status can be confirmed.

Additionally, Yukon bars and restaurants will be able to return to 100 per cent capacity with no physical distancing between tables for seated service only as of May 25.

Read the news release. 


May 5, 2021 – 11:58 – COVID-19 update 

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, May 5, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 82. Seventy-nine people have recovered, two people have died and there is one active case. We have tested 7,228 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Monday, May 3, there were 48,655 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 25,998 first doses and 22,657 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 73 per cent in North Yukon; 82 per cent in West Yukon; 54 per cent in Central Yukon; 60 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 76 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 66 per cent in North Yukon; 75 per cent in West Yukon; 47 per cent in Central Yukon; 55 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 67 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 


May 3, 2021 – 16:15 – New COVID-19 case confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms one new case of COVID-19, bringing the territory’s total to 82 cases. There is currently one active case in Yukon.

  • Case 82 is in Whitehorse and is travel-related, linked to an outbreak in another jurisdiction and is positive for B.1.1.7.
  • There were no public exposures.
  • The individual is recovering at home.

Read the news release. 

April 28, 2021 – 11:32 – Hours changing at the Whitehorse COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Beginning Saturday, May 1, the Whitehorse vaccine clinic will be reducing its operating hours. The clinic will be open Tuesday to Friday. Appointments are available and can be booked online or by phone. Drop-ins are also welcomed.

New drop-in hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 12 to 6 p.m.

Vaccines will continue to be provided in rural communities through the community health centres. Residents can contact their health centre to find out more information.

Read the news release. 


April 28, 2021 – 11:20 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, April 28, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 81. Seventy-nine people have recovered, two people have died and there are no active cases. We have tested 7,134 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Tuesday, April 27, there were 47,763 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 25,731 first doses and 22,032 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 72 per cent in North Yukon; 81 per cent in West Yukon; 54 per cent in Central Yukon; 60 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 74 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 66 per cent in North Yukon; 75 per cent in West Yukon; 47 per cent in Central Yukon; 54 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 64 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 


April 26, 2021 – 16:15 – COVID-19 associated death in new case

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has confirmed a second death of a Yukon resident with COVID-19.

The person had unrelated health conditions that caused their death. The person contracted COVID 19 near the time of death and is therefore considered a COVID-associated death. This person will be counted as case 81.

Read the news release. 


April 22, 2021 – 16:41 – 2 new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms 2 new cases of COVID-19 in Yukon.

Case 79 and case 80 are both adults in Whitehorse in the same household. The source of infection is currently under investigation. 

Health status

Self-isolating and recovering at home. Contact tracing is ongoing.

Public exposure notification 

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at the following location:

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021

Location: Wykes’ Your Independent Grocer, Whitehorse

Time: Between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Anyone who was at this location and has symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested either by phoning 867-393-3083 or booking a test online. Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing.

Read the news release.


April 21, 2021 – 17:09 – COVID-19 case update

One new case of COVID-19 reported for Yukon

  • Case 78 is an adult, associated with international travel
  • Tested positive upon return to Canada and has completed self-isolation prior to returning to Yukon
  • Is now recovered so will not be included in active case count
  • There were no exposures in Yukon as case was not infectious in territory

Safe 6 plus 1

Everyone should continue to follow the Safe 6 plus 1. Information about the Safe 6 is at: practisesafe6.ca

Read the news release. 


April 21 – 11:18 – COVID-19 update

Long term care changes

Long term care homes are engaging with residents and families to develop a plan for safe community outings and an increased number of visitors for residents at the homes. The goal is to implement these changes the week of May 3.

Testing for returning students and seasonal workers

Vaccinations will be made available to all returning students and seasonal workers who are arriving in Yukon and wish to be immunized while in self-isolation. Students and seasonal workers between the ages of 18-29 will be granted permission to leave self-isolation to receive their vaccination. Tourists or visitors to the territory who cannot show proof of residency or employment will not be eligible to take part in this program.

Individuals will be required to book a COVID-19 test before being vaccinated. Individuals can expect to have their results within 15 minutes. If your test is negative, staff at the testing centre will book a same-day vaccine appointment for you. Proof of a same-day negative COVID-19 test must be presented at the vaccination clinic. Visit Yukon.ca for more details.

Read the news release. 


April 19 – 16:49 – one new COVID-19 case confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medial Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms one new case of COVID-19 in Yukon.

Case 77 is an adult in rural Yukon, associated with travel within Canada.

Health status

Self-isolating and recovering at home. Contact tracing is ongoing.

Public exposure notification 

Friday, April 9, 2021, Watson Lake

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at the following location:

  • Andrea’s Restaurant, Alaska Hwy Truckers Pub and Grill
    • Breakfast sitting 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Anyone who was at this location and has symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested either by calling 867-393-3083 or booking a test online https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/. Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing.

Read the news release. 


April 14 – 15:00 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, April 14, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 76. Seventy-three people have recovered, one person has died and there are two active cases. We have tested 6,985 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Monday, April 12, there were 42,354 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 24,701 first doses and 17,653 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 72 per cent in North Yukon; 78 per cent in West Yukon; 53 per cent in Central Yukon; 59 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 71 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 65 per cent in North Yukon; 70 per cent in West Yukon; 46 per cent in Central Yukon; 53 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 46 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A clinic in Whitehorse is open for residents age 18 and older to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine by appointment or by walk-in.

Read the news release. 


April 13, 2021 – 17:09 – public exposure notification

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued a potential exposure notification for three locations in Whitehorse related to yesterday’s case announcement. These notifications are issued as a precaution. This does not mean that a business failed to follow the COVID-19 health guidelines.

Public exposure notification 

All locations are for Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Canada Post and Shoppers Drug Mart in Qwanlin Mall
    • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
       
  • Superstore
    • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
       
  • Walmart
    • 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested either by calling 867-393-3083 or booking a test online https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/. Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing.

Read the news release. 


April 12 – 21:24 – one new COVID-19 case confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms one new case of COVID-19 in Yukon.

  • Case 75 is a Whitehorse resident and is linked to the previously announced case involving an out of territory resident who travelled to Yukon.

Health status: Self-isolating at home. Contact tracing is ongoing.   

Public exposure notification

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has expanded the public notification for passengers who were on the following flight, due to receiving further information related to the previous notification:

  • Saturday, April 3, 2021
    • Air North flight 4N538
    • Vancouver to Whitehorse
    • Departure 1:35 p.m., arrival 3:59 p.m.

Anyone who was on this flight and has symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested. People who were on the flight and do not have symptoms can also get tested. Everyone on the flight should continue to follow their self-isolation plan for entering Yukon. However, they’re allowed to leave self-isolation for testing but should resume isolating after they have been tested. 

In addition, anyone who was in the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport terminal between 4 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, should self-monitor and get tested if they develop symptoms.

Read the news release


April 11 – 19:11 – COVID-19 public exposure notification

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued a potential exposure notification for the 1:35 p.m. Air North flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse on Saturday, April 3.

A person from out of territory has tested positive several days after arriving in Yukon. The person is self-isolating and recovering. In addition to this public notification, contact tracing with passengers seated in close proximity to the case is underway. We are confident that all standard protocols were adhered to. Although the risk of exposure is low on flights, we are taking a precautionary approach. Contact tracing for the case is underway, and to date, no other exposures of concern have been identified in Yukon.

Public exposure notification 

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were on the following flight:

  • Saturday, April 3, 2021
    • Air North flight 4N538
    • Vancouver to Whitehorse
    • Departure 1:35 p.m., arrival 3:59 p.m.

Read the news release. 


April 9 – 17:52 – public exposure notification

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued a potential exposure notification for the 6:30 p.m. flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse on Tuesday, April 6.

New information has become available regarding a previous case. This person was infected with the variant B.1.1.7 while outside Yukon. They had originally been cleared to travel but based on new information it was determined they were infectious while on the flight. In addition to this public notification, contact tracing with passengers seated in close proximity to the case is underway. Although the risk of exposure is low on flights, we are taking a precautionary approach. No other exposures of concern have been identified in Yukon.

This person followed all public health advice and is now determined to be recovered. There remain no active cases of COVID-19 in Yukon.  

Public exposure notification 

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were on the following flight:

  • Sunday, April 2, 2021
    • Air Canada 8889
    • Vancouver to Whitehorse
    • Departure 6:30 p.m., arrival 8:49 p.m.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested either by calling 867-393-3083 or booking a test online https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/.

Read the news release. 


April 7 – 11:17 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Tuesday, April 6, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 74. Seventy-three people have recovered, one person has died and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,933 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Monday, April 5, there were 37,193 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 23,954 first doses and 13,239 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 70 per cent in North Yukon; 79 per cent in West Yukon; 52 per cent in Central Yukon; 59 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 70 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 60 per cent in North Yukon; 70 per cent in West Yukon; 41 per cent in Central Yukon; 53 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 30 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Read the news release. 

March 31 – 17:35 – An out of territory resident has tested positive for COVID-19

Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirmed one new case of COVID-19 today, bringing the territory’s total to 74 cases.

This new case is in a Yukon resident who acquired the infection out of territory, was tested out of the territory and will remain out of territory until they are non-infectious.

While this increases Yukon’s case count, it does not increase the number of cases active in the territory.

Read the news release. 


March 31 – 11:33 – Grades 10 to 12 students in Whitehorse to return to full-time, in-person classes

Grades 10 to 12 students at F.H. Collins, Vanier Catholic and Porter Creek secondary schools will be able to return to full-time, in-person classes on April 19, 2021.

Two planning days have been scheduled to support school staff in adjusting their course plans for the remainder of the school year. Grades 10 to 12 students will not attend in-class school during these two days and will be expected to be learning from home on work assigned by their teachers. Planning days are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021; and
  • Friday, April 16, 2021. 

Read the news release.


March 31 – 11:05 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Tuesday, March 30, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 73. Seventy-one people have recovered, one person has died and there is one active case. We have tested 6,880 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Monday, March 29, there were 34,828 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 23,674 first doses and 11,154 second doses.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 69 per cent in North Yukon; 79 per cent in West Yukon; 52 per cent in Central Yukon; 58 per cent in Southeast Yukon; 68 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 60 per cent in North Yukon; 70 per cent in West Yukon; 41 per cent in Central Yukon; 50 per cent in Southeast Yukon; 25 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A clinic in Whitehorse is open for residents age 18 and older to receive for first and second doses of the vaccine by appointment or by walk-in. The clinic will be closed April 2, 3 and 4, reopening on Monday, April 5.

Mobile vaccination teams continue to visit Yukon communities. Residents age 18 and older will have the opportunity receive their first or second shot during the next visit of the mobile team to their community. Everyone receiving a first shot is guaranteed a second shot within the designated time period.

To book an appointment and find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

Read the news release. 


March 25 – 16:21 –
First cases of COVID-19 variants of concern identified in Yukon

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has confirmed 2 new cases of COVID-19 today, including Yukon’s 1st case of a variant of concern. The 2nd case is not considered a Yukon case. 

Read the news release and possible exposure notice.


March 24 – 11:34 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Tuesday, March 23, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 72. Seventy-one people have recovered, one person has died, and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,823 people.

Monday, March 22, marked the one-year anniversary of Yukon’s first two COVID-19 cases.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Monday, March 22, there were 33,443 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 22,795 first doses and 10,648 second doses.

Read the news release. 


March 16 – 11:15 – COVID-19 tests can now be booked online

Yukoners can now book COVID-19 tests online through the recently launched online booking tool.  People who have a valid health-card can now book an appointment online if they are experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms and require testing.

The online booking tool asks a series of questions, taking users through several steps to help determine what type of test is most suitable based on their needs. The new tool will then confirm a user’s symptoms and the reason for a COVID-19 test before confirming an appointment.

Read the news release.

Book a COVID-19 test online. 


March 13 – 12:21 – Potential COVID-19 exposure at Silvertip mine, Northern BC

Yukon public health officials have been informed of cases of COVID-19 transmitted at Coeur Mining’s Silvertip mine in Northern BC.

All Yukon and Lower Post workers who were at the mine since this time are being individually notified either by the company, their employer or by Yukon Communicable Disease Control.

As a precaution, anyone working at the mine who has left the mine site within the previous two weeks should self-isolate until 14 days following their departure from the mine. In addition, anyone who has been at the mine site during the period from February 17 to the present should carefully self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If any symptoms develop, however mild, they should immediately self-isolate and arrange to get tested.

People from Watson Lake and the surrounding area, including Lower Post, who were at the mine and have symptoms should contact the Watson Lake Community Hospital at 867-536-4444 to arrange for testing.

If you are in Whitehorse, you can get tested at the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre (CTAC). The centre is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Call 867-393-3083 for an appointment.

People in other Yukon communities can get tested at a community health centre.

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March 11 – 18:13 – Statement from Premier Silver on the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic

Premier Silver has issued the following statement:

“Today marks the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic.

Around the country today, flags are being flown at half-mast to honour all those around the world who have lost their lives from COVID-19.

No one is immune from the impacts of COVID-19, and they continue to affect all of us. Simple things we once took for granted like hugging a loved one, celebrating accomplishments and coming together to grieve a loss have had to be postponed. Yukoners have had to make tremendous personal sacrifices to keep each other safe. It is thanks to your vigilance and care for one another that we have limited the spread of the virus here in the territory..."

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March 11 – 15:40 – Statement from Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health advising Yukoners against all non-essential travel 

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued the following statement:

“With March break quickly approaching, I am reminding Yukoners that non-essential travel out of territory is not recommended. Out of an abundance of caution, I continue to recommend against all non-essential travel at this time.

Due to the uncertainty and the quick-moving nature of COVID-19, we need to reduce the risk of bringing COVID-19 back into the territory. We must work together over these coming months to limit the introduction of COVID-19 and variants within Yukon, and this means following strict self-isolation requirements upon arrival into the territory.

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March 10 – 15:47 – Economic resilience plan will support local businesses

The Government of Yukon has released its economic resilience plan to help Yukon’s economy rebound with responsiveness and adaptability while Yukoners remain safe and healthy.

The economic resilience plan is a strategic response that looks at current planned projects and programs with an eye to maximizing benefits while outlining new initiatives to support Yukoners as we adapt and build economic resilience.

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March 10 – 12:02 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Tuesday, March 9, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 72. Seventy-one people have recovered, one person has died and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,712 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Monday, March 8, there were 24,412 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 15,572 first doses and 8,840 second doses. By region, the percentage of residents who have received a first dose is: 67 per cent in North Yukon; 71 per cent in West Yukon; 44 per cent in Central Yukon; 55 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 38 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

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March 5 – 13:08 – Next steps to move Yukon towards living with COVID-19

The Government of Yukon has released  A Path Forward: Next Steps, a strategy outlining how Yukon will move forward through the next phases of the pandemic. The approach focuses on reducing or modifying COVID-19 restrictions. It is contingent on the territory's overall vaccination rate, the new case count remaining low, the understanding and impact of the COVID-19 variants, and ongoing adherence to public health measures.

The strategy includes details on how Yukon will transition to the next phase of the pandemic response and how citizens can begin living sustainably with the virus as part of our everyday lives. A Path Forward: Next Steps replaces A Path Forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions, which was released in May 2020. The new approach stresses that in order to reduce the importation and transmission of the virus, we will need to strengthen some measures and ensure greater compliance with existing measures. As spring approaches, this will allow the flexibility to provide some relief from restrictions that affect the daily lives of Yukoners and move us into the next phase of recovery.

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March 3 – 15:02 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and Deputy Chief receive COVID-19 vaccine

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Brendan Hanley and Deputy Chief Dr. Catherine Elliott received their COVID-19 vaccines today. Both were vaccinated this afternoon at the clinic in Whitehorse.

The clinic opened for all residents, age 18 and older on Monday, March 1, making Whitehorse the first capital city in Canada to open general public clinics. As of March 1, 32 per cent of adult Yukoners had received their first dose of the vaccine. Starting March 11, the clinic in Whitehorse will accept walk-ins.

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March 3 – 11:06 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

State of Emergency

As of today, Yukon is extending the state of emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. This extension is critical to supporting the health, safety and economic wellbeing of Yukoners, and ensures that all Ministerial Orders enacted under the State of Emergency remain in place, including the requirement for those entering the territory to self-isolate for 14 days.

A full list of the orders and legislative changes made under the Civil Emergency Measures Act can be found on Legislation changes for COVID-19.

Read the news release. 

February 25 – 10:54 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, February 24, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 72 with no active cases. Seventy-one people have recovered and one person has died. We have tested 8,048 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Wednesday, February 24, there were 14,364 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 10,781 first doses and 3,583 second doses. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Bookings for first and second doses in Whitehorse are available online and by phone. Visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot for more information.

Second vaccines are being administered in Yukon communities. Residents age 18 and older will have the opportunity to receive their first shot during the second visit. A third visit will ensure that everyone in the communities is able to get immunized.

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February 25 – 10:11 – COVID-19 supports for Yukon businesses continue

The Government of Yukon is extending and expanding several COVID-19 economic programs to support Yukon businesses. These programs will help keep local businesses in operation during the pandemic and contribute to Yukon’s economic resiliency.

The Yukon Business Relief Program, which helps businesses break even, will relaunch on April 1. Yukon businesses that previously benefitted from the program can reapply for additional support until September 30, 2021.

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February 18 – 11:34 – Dates set for additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Following the confirmation of the shipment of additional vaccine does in February, the Government of Yukon has set new vaccine clinic dates for Whitehorse residents. The clinic at the Convention Centre will reopen for first doses on Monday, February 22, 2021, for targeted groups.

The clinic will open to all Yukoners age 18 and older on Monday, March 1, 2021. Eligible residents are encouraged to book appointments in advance. Walk-ins will not be accommodated until Thursday, March 11, 2021. Appointments can be booked online at Yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot.

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February 18 – 11:29 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, February 17, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 72. Sixty-nine people have recovered, one person has died and there are two active cases. We have tested 7,916 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Wednesday, February 17, there were 11,544 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 10,627 first doses and 917 second doses. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Second vaccines are being administered in Yukon communities. Residents age 18 and older will have the opportunity receive their first shot during the second visit. A third visit will ensure that everyone in the communities is able to get immunized.

Bookings for a second dose will open soon online and by phone. Visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot for more information.

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February 13 – 18:46 – additional public exposure notices

Three additional public exposure notifications are being issued today. These notifications are issued as a precaution. It does not mean COVID-19 plans, regulations and guidelines have not been followed.

Exposure notices

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at the following locations at the listed times and dates:

  • Canada Games Centre, running track
    • Thursday, February 4 between 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ​
       
  • Whiskey Jack’s Pub & Grill, dining room and off sales 
    • Saturday, February 6 between 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
       
  • Better Bodies 
    • Monday, February 8 between 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. 

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February 12 – 17:23 – COVID-19 case update

Yukon is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today; one is confirmed and the other is a probable positive.

Case 71: Whitehorse resident, linked to an outbreak in an industrial worksite outside of Yukon.
Case 72: Whitehorse resident, linked to a previous case

Health status: Both are self-isolating and recovering.  

Exposure notices

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at one of the following locations:

  • Save-On-Foods
    • Thursday, February 11, 2021, between 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

On the following flight:

  • Air North 544 Vancouver to Whitehorse
    • Sunday, February 7, 2021, between 11 a.m. (PST) to 2:25 p.m. (MST)

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested.

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February 12 – 16:28 – Statement from Premier Sandy Silver and Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost on Yukon’s next vaccine shipment

Premier Silver and Minister Frost have issued the following statement:

“We have received confirmation the Yukon will receive 16,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine by the end of the month. The mass clinic for all eligible Yukoners will open in Whitehorse as soon as possible following the arrival of these doses.

Opening the clinic to all Yukoners 18 and older reduces barriers for vaccine access, which aligns with recommendations that the greatest way to protect the community is to immunize as many individuals as quickly as possible.

We have consistently pushed the federal government to recognize the importance of immunizing northern, remote and Indigenous communities..."

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February 11 – 10:10 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Wednesday, February 10, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,414 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Wednesday, February 10, there were 11,344 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 10,603 first doses and 830 second doses. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A mobile clinic in Dawson is administering vaccines this week at the long-term health care facility.

Second vaccines for other Yukon communities will be available in the near future. Residents age 18 and older will have the opportunity receive their first shot during the second visit. A third visit will ensure that everyone in the communities is able to get immunized.

Bookings for a second dose will open soon online and by phone. Visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot for more information.

Read the news release.

February 3 – 10:00 – February 4, 2021: COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, February 4, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,315 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Wednesday, February 3, there were 9,931 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Mobile clinics administering vaccines to residents age 18 and older have completed trips to Pelly Crossing, Teslin, Carcross and Tagish. This week they are in Burwash Landing, Destruction Bay, Carmacks, Faro, Haines Junction, Mayo and Stewart Crossing.

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February 2 – 08:00 – Statement from Premier Sandy Silver and Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost on vaccine availability

Premier Sandy Silver and Minister Pauline Frost have released the following statement:

“On Friday, January 29, Moderna announced a reduction in their next vaccine shipment to Canada, which is scheduled for between February 4 and 10.  The Government of Canada has notified our government that our next shipment of vaccine will be reduced by 37 per cent, from 7,200 doses to 4,500 doses. It is anticipated that our fourth shipment scheduled for late February will also be reduced from 7,200 to 4,500.  Yukon is one of many jurisdictions in Canada and around the world that will see reduced shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks.

Despite the reduced vaccine availability, mobile clinics scheduled for rural communities this week will continue, as will the clinic for those age 60 and older in Whitehorse. Work is also underway to schedule the second dose for all individuals who have received their first dose, starting with the residents and staff of our long-term care homes..."

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January 27 – 14:06 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, January 27, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,245 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Tuesday, January 26, there were 5,170 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

There are currently 14 mobile clinics scheduled in rural and remote areas, and residents within designated communities who are age 18 and older can receive a vaccine. A mobile clinic will also be offering a second vaccine dose to all staff and residents of long-term care homes starting the week of February 1.

Yukoners living in Whitehorse, Ibex Valley, Marsh Lake and Mount Lorne areas aged 60 and older can now book appointments for the week starting February 1. Those 65 and older are already eligible to book an appointment and receive a vaccine, and everyone 18 and over can receive a shot starting February 10.

Appointments can be booked at yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot or by calling 1-877-374-0425. Proof of residency will be required to receive a vaccination, such as government issued identification, a Yukon health care card, or mail displaying your name and address. After receiving a vaccine Yukoners must continue following health measures, such as wearing a mask.

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January 22 – 13:24 – Whitehorse COVID-19 screening drive-thru closes

The drive-thru COVID-19 screening service in Whitehorse will close end of day today. The drive-thru, located at Centennial Motors, 91628 Alaska Highway, in the wash bay, will no longer be open or available for testing people with symptoms.

The drive-thru testing centre was opened on November 23, 2020 to help meet the increased demand for testing. Since its opening, 816 people were tested at the drive-thru. Due to the low testing rates, this additional location is no longer needed.

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessments Center remains open for screening and assessment needs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The center can be found at 49 Waterfront place in Whitehorse.

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January 20 – 13:30 – COVID-19 update

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, January 20, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,175 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Tuesday, 2,690 Yukoners have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, including all staff and residents of long-term care homes who chose to participate. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

There are currently 18 mobile clinics scheduled in rural and remote areas, and residents within designated communities who are age 18 and older can receive a vaccine.

Yukoners living in Whitehorse, Ibex Valley, Marsh Lake and Mount Lorne areas can also book a vaccine appointment if they are 70 years and older, or live in group settings. Whitehorse and area residents age 60 and older will be eligible starting February 1 and everyone 18 and over can receive a shot starting February 10.

Appointments can be booked at yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot or by calling 1-877-374-0425. After receiving a vaccine Yukoners must continue following health measures, such as wearing a mask.

Read the news release.

January 13 – 14:15 – COVID-19 update

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, January 13, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 70. Sixty-three people have recovered, one person has died and there are six active cases. We have tested 6,130 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

A second shipment of 7,200 Moderna vaccines will arrive on January 14. As of yesterday, 685 residents and staff in long-term care homes had received their first dose of the vaccine. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

Some Yukoners can begin registering for COVID-19 vaccinations online starting today by going to yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot. Mobile vaccine clinics will be in Watson Lake on January 18, Beaver Creek on January 21 and Old Crow on January 22. Vaccinations will also begin in Whitehorse on January 18 for select groups. For these first weeks in Whitehorse, immunizations will be available to:

  • high risk health care workers who may care for or be in contact with COVID-19 patients;
  • older adults (starting with 70 years and older); and
  • people who are marginalized and living in group settings like the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter and Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

Beginning Thursday, January 14, appointments can be booked by calling 1-877-374-0425. Immunization times and locations will be updated regularly on Yukon.ca.

COVID-19 vaccines are not currently approved for children or recommended for pregnant people. After receiving the vaccine Yukoners must continue following health measures, such as wearing a mask.

COVID-19 testing schedule 

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre in Whiteho is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday. The drive-thru testing centre in Whitehorse is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, except for statutory holidays.

Those experiencing severe symptoms and requiring immediate assistance can go to the Whitehorse General Hospital Emergency Department, a community hospital or a health centre.

From Thursday, January 7, to Wednesday, January 13, there were 59 people tested at the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre and drive-thru testing locations in Whitehorse.

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January 8, 2021 – 17:20 – Possible COVID-19 case confirmed negative

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms that a possible case linked to multiple contacts over the past week has tested negative for COVID-19. This person was initially tested outside of the territory using a point-of-care rapid test, which gave a positive result. To confirm the results, the Government of Yukon requested a second test using the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that is considered to be the gold standard in COVID-19 testing.

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January 7, 2021 – 16:45 – COVID-19 update

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, January 7, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 69. Fifty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are 9 active cases. We have tested 6,057 people.

Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in Yukon with 310 doses given out between January 4 and 6, 2021. Regular updates on total vaccinations will be provided every Wednesday and posted to Yukon.ca.

Yukon is expected to receive enough doses of the Moderna vaccine to vaccinate 75 per cent of the adult population by the end of March. No vaccine is currently approved for children or recommended for pregnant people.

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January 7, 2021 – 14:49 – Vaccine rollout schedule released

The Government of Yukon’s rollout schedule for administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the territory is now available.

Two mobile teams will provide vaccinations in communities across the territory, starting the week of January 18, 2021. Each mobile team will travel with multiple immunizers providing the vaccine to as many people as possible while they are in each community. The Whitehorse vaccination clinic is scheduled to open the week of January 18, 2021.

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January 4, 2021 – 16:34 – First Yukoners receive COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccinations started today at Whistle Bend Place in Whitehorse. This marks the start of a territory-wide immunization campaign that will be the most comprehensive vaccine program ever delivered in Yukon.

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January 1, 2021: four new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms four new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the territory’s total to 64 cases. There are currently four active cases in Yukon.

  • Cases 61, 62, 63, 64: Yukoners, close or household contacts of an out-of-territory traveller
  • Health status: Recovering at home

Public exposure notifications

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection in these two places:

  • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    • Air North 2517 Vancouver to Whitehorse, 12:15 p.m. (PST) to 4:50 p.m. (MST)
  • Sunday, December 27, 2020
    • Canada Games Centre, Whitehorse, in the Wellness Room, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms should self-isolate and remain at home, take the self-assessment online and arrange to get tested.

Read the news release.