Four new COVID-19 cases confirmed; outbreak identified at mine site

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirms four new cases of COVID-19, including three new confirmed cases at the Victoria Gold Mine Site. This is the first report of cases at a mine site.

  • Case 85 is a Yukon resident who was infected, diagnosed out of the territory and will remain out of the territory.
  • The other three cases are on the mine site and there are no identified public exposures at this time. Cases 86 and 87 are Yukon residents. The third case at the mine is a resident from another part of Canada.
    • These three individuals are recovering and isolating on site.
    • They were on the mine site throughout their period of infectivity.
  • Contact tracing is underway to control and prevent further spread. Additional cases may be expected.

Victoria Gold has an approved communicable disease management plan and an on-site medical team. While these cases are being confirmed by lab testing in B.C., with three probable cases, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is declaring this an outbreak.

People with symptoms

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book online to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/.   

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Safe 6 plus 1

Everyone in Yukon should follow the Safe 6 plus 1 at: www.practisesafe6.ca 

COVID-19 symptoms reminder

Anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms should self-isolate and arrange to be tested immediately.

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • loss of sense of taste or smell
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • muscle aches
Contact 

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

News release #: 
21-166