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May 18, 2021

Keep yourself and others safe: practise the Safe 6 and wear a mask. For medical questions or if you feel ill phone 811 or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

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.

May 2021

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.

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.

Read the news release

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.

Read the news release. 

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.

Read the news release. 

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.

Read the news release. 

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

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.

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 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 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.

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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.

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