The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is strongly recommending that Carcross residents wear a mask in all indoor public spaces.
This strong recommendation is based on early signs of community transmission within Carcross and an outbreak being declared at the school last week. The majority of positive cases in the past two weeks have been in Carcross, including among school aged children and their families. Children under the age of 12 cannot yet be immunized. The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health is also reinforcing the importance of getting vaccinated and staying home when sick and for contacts of those with COVID-19.
With the Delta variant circulating widely in southern jurisdictions and spreading in territory, with Yukoners travelling more frequently now than last year and with flu season fast approaching, it is more important than ever to take steps to protect oneself, one’s family and community from the spread of COVID-19.
I am concerned about early signs of community transmission of COVID-19 in the Carcross community and know that community leaders share my concern. Wearing a mask is one step to help keep everyone safe. I must also ask people who are ill or who have a person with COVID-19 in their household to also stay home and prevent the further spread of disease.
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott
Communications, Health and Social Services