First COVID-19-related death in Yukon

Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has confirmed the death of one of the five people recently diagnosed with COVID-19 in Watson Lake.

The person passed away at home on October 29 while they were in self-isolation. A Coroner’s investigation has concluded that their death was caused by COVID-19 infection.

The person who has died was older and had underlying medical conditions.

The level of COVID-19 risk to residents of Watson Lake and other Yukoners has not changed as a result of this death.

My thoughts are with the family of the deceased. Our hearts are also with the people of Watson Lake in this difficult time. Out of respect, we will not be releasing additional details. As we continue our work to contain this current outbreak, I offer assurances that the risk to the community remains low. With this sad news we all need to maintain our efforts to prevent further disability or deaths in Yukon from the pandemic.  

Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley

Contact 

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

News release #: 
20-317