The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the Copper Ridge Place long-term care home following a positive diagnosis in a staff member. This case is linked to the case announced Monday in a resident transferred from Whitehorse General Hospital last week. The staff member was working in the same house.
The staff member is currently isolating and contact tracing is under way. Although the current situation is contained, because the case occurred within the facility itself, it prompts the outbreak declaration. Routine procedures for outbreak management in long-term care are being followed including screening and testing protocols.
Visitor access to the affected unit is restricted for the next 28 days but virtual visits are being organized. There are no changes to visitor policies in other parts of Copper Ridge Place.
With more than 95 per cent of residents vaccinated, we remain in a very good position to protect our more vulnerable citizens. The situation is contained to one house and all precautions are being taken to protect both residents and staff.
Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee
We are fortunate to have been spared an outbreak in long-term care until now. With the current measures in place and investigation well underway, we are in a good position at this time. Vaccination remains our strongest tool against COVID-19.
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott