April 21, 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 Tuesday, April 20, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 77. Seventy-four people have recovered, one person has died and there are two active cases. We have tested 7,062 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of the end of the day Tuesday, April 20, there were 45,971 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 25,216 first doses and 20,755 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; 59 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 72 per cent in Whitehorse.

By region, the percentage of residents who have received a second dose is: 66 per cent in North Yukon; 74 per cent in West Yukon; 47 per cent in Central Yukon; 53 per cent in Southeast Yukon; and 59 per cent in Whitehorse. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

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

The third round of mobile vaccination tours to Yukon communities is complete. Residents age 18 and older can call their local health centre 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.

COVID-19 testing

From Wednesday, April 14, to Tuesday April 20, 43 people were tested at the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre.

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Anyone experiencing severe symptoms and requiring immediate assistance can go to the Whitehorse General Hospital Emergency Department, a community hospital or health centre.

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 to 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.

Enforcement statistics

The Government of Yukon has received 1,782 complaints as of April 20:

  • Failure to self-isolate: 1,009
  • Gatherings over 10 inside or 50 outside: 46
  • Failure to transit through Yukon in 24 hours or stay on their designated route: 459
  • Businesses failing to comply with orders: 20
  • Failure to abide by declaration form: 41
  • Failure to wear a mask: 160
  • Failure to physical distance: 47

There have been four new charges since April 13, issued by CEMA officers (two Failure to Self-Isolate charges and two Failure to Provide Declaration charges).

There have been a total of 77 charges and 61 people charged under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA).

Number of total incoming travellers: 78,409

  • Resident travellers: 21,135
  • BC residents: 16,321
  • NWT residents: 520
  • Other approved jurisdictions: 1,198
  • Non-residents staying: 14,683
  • Non-residents transiting: 24,455
  • Other: 97
  • Decals distributed indicating out-of-territory vehicles allowed in Yukon: 384
Media contact 

Pat Living
Communications, Health and Social Services

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