August 20, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 from 12 p.m. Thursday, August 19, to 12 p.m. today. The number of active cases is currently at 52.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 674; 614 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in the Yukon and probable cases. Out of territory individuals who are diagnosed in the Yukon are counted in the active count but not in the Yukon total case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on August 19, there are three new cases:

  • Two cases in Whitehorse.
  • One case in rural Yukon.
  • One out of territory case.

Since June 1, 2021, 619 people have recovered and six people have died, five of whom were unvaccinated and one was partially vaccinated. A total of eight people have died from COVID-19 since November 2020.

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to monitor daily activity and as active cases decrease and daily case counts are stabilized, news releases will be issued on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The number of cases will continue to be updated Monday through Friday online.

Our next case update will be Monday, August 23.

Public exposure notification

People may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection if they were at the following location and should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

  • TAGS Food and Gas, Watson Lake
    • Wednesday, August 11, 2021
      12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Home Hardware Building Centre, Whitehorse
    • Thursday, August 12, 2021
      8:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
    • Friday, August 13, 2021
      8:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 14, 2021
      8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Testing and vaccines

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

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

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


Erin Scott
Communications, Health and Social Services

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