Drive-up COVID-19 testing opens tonight to address increased demand

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre (CTAC) will open a drive-up testing centre tonight to assist with demand for testing since the beginning of the most recent outbreak.

While CTAC has been able to meet most of the demand for testing with indoor testing, the drive up option will assist those who are nervous about their exposure by coming inside. They can now request an in-car option.

The drive-up centre will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week to provide surge capacity during the outbreak. The centre will be staffed by health professionals from both Health and Social Services and from Emergency Medical Services.

CTAC has tested 577 people since June 9 with appointments heavily booked most days. The opening of the drive-up option adds 33 testing slot per day. Appointments are required and can be booked online at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/. The drive-up testing unit will be located in the parking lot adjacent to CTAC.

The Government of Yukon is also extending youth vaccination clinics. The clinics will continue to offer 1st doses for youth on an ongoing basis.

In communities, youth can receive their 1st dose at the next community clinic. In Whitehorse, youth can book an appointment online or walk in to the clinic at the Convention Centre. Appointments can be booked online at Yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot.    

We continue to encourage people who have any COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. This outbreak has impacted hundreds of individuals and will likely impact hundreds more. This additional testing option will help meet demand and provide additional options for those seeking a test. In addition to testing, it is vital that all Yukoners, including our youth, get fully vaccinated to protect our communities. It is now more important than ever to step up and take your shot.

Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee

Our dedicated team of public servants are working closely together to ensure we can meet the needs of our citizens. Emergency Medical Services personnel continue to provide support to their fellow health professionals during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn

Quick facts 
  • On Thursday, June 17, CTAC completed 122 tests. Only those with symptoms should make an appointment for testing.

  • In rural Yukon, tests are completed at Community Health Centres and are transported daily for analysis.

  • CTAC is located at 49A Waterfront Place in Whitehorse, the centre is in the building beside the Motor Vehicles office, across the parking lot from Boston Pizza.

Contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca

Patricia Living
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-335-1531
patricia.living@yukon.ca

News release #: 
21-190