December 1, 2020: 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, December 1, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 47. Twenty-nine people have recovered, one person has died and there are currently 17 active cases. We have tested 5,336 people.

Support programs

Learn more about a variety of supports available to help Yukoners during the pandemic by going to https://yukon.ca/en/economic-and-social-supports-covid-19. Available supports include:

  • paid sick leave rebates for employers;
  • employee access to unpaid sick leave;
  • new relief funding programs for the tourism sector and non-profit organizations; and
  • relief grants to cover fixed costs for businesses.

Extension of drive-thru screening in Whitehorse

Drive-thru screening has been extended until further notice at 91628 Alaska Highway (the old Centennial Motors wash bay) in Whitehorse. Testing is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days per week. The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre (CTAC) also continues to open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week.

From Monday, November 23, to Sunday, November 29, we tested 632 people at the CTAC and drive-thru testing locations in Whitehorse.

Confidentiality and accurate information

Information about positive cases including community locations is provided in cautious balance with safeguarding Yukoners’ privacy. Public health is a priority and more specific information is released when required and recommended by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Visit yukon.ca for more information. 

Follow posted guidelines

Please follow posted health and safety guidelines at all times when in restaurants and other locations. General guidelines include a maximum of six people seated together at the same table, maintaining two-metre distancing between tables and staying home if you feel sick.

Masks must also be worn at all times in public indoor spaces.

If you were in one of the identified exposure locations during the specified times and you develop symptoms, phone the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 in Whitehorse or contact your nearest community health centre.

Enforcement statistics

The Government of Yukon has received 1,079 complaints as of November 30:

  • Failure to self-isolate: 630
  • Gatherings over 10 inside or 50 outside: 28
  • Failure to transit through Yukon in 24 hours or stay on the designated route: 392
  • Businesses failing to comply with orders: 11
  • Failure to abide by a declaration form or not permitted entry into Yukon: 18

There have been a total of 26 people charged, and 21 people charged under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA).

A total of 64,061 travellers have come into Yukon:

  • Resident travellers: 16,910
  • BC residents: 15,195
  • NWT residents: 486
  • Other approved jurisdictions: 303
  • Non-residents staying: 10,391
  • Non-residents transiting: 20,677
  • Other: 99
  • Decals distributed indicating out-of-territory vehicles allowed in Yukon: 348
Contact 

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7136
matthew.cameron@gov.yk.ca

Pat Living
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-335-1531
patricia.living@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
20-359