January 7, 2021: 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, January 7, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 69. Fifty-nine people have recovered, one person has died, and there are 9 active cases. We have tested 6,057 people.

Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in Yukon with 310 doses given out between January 4 and 6, 2021. Regular updates on total vaccinations will be provided every Wednesday and posted to Yukon.ca.

Yukon is expected to receive enough doses of the Moderna vaccine to vaccinate 75 per cent of the adult population by the end of March. No vaccine is currently approved for children or recommended for pregnant people.

Traffic stoplight guidelines

If you're feeling ill, consult the traffic light guidelines on Yukon.ca.  The guidelines advise how to monitor your symptoms and when it is appropriate to seek out testing and when you can resume regular activities. 

Yukoners are encouraged to get tested

Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to get tested. Make an appointment online or by telephone at 867-393-3083. For medical questions or if you feel ill, phone 811, or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

COVID-19 testing schedule

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The drive-thru testing centre in Whitehorse is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, except for statutory holidays.

Those experiencing severe symptoms and requiring immediate assistance can go to the Whitehorse General Hospital Emergency Department, a community hospital or health centre.

From Monday, December 28, to Wednesday, January 6, there were 149 people tested at the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre and drive-thru testing locations in Whitehorse.

Enforcement statistics

The Government of Yukon has received 1,277 complaints as of January 7:

  • Failure to self-isolate: 714
  • Gatherings over 10 inside or 50 outside: 35
  • Failure to transit through Yukon in 24 hours or stay on their designated route: 419
  • Businesses failing to comply with orders: 14
  • Failure to abide by declaration form or were not permitted entry into Yukon: 18
  • Failure to wear a mask: 46

There have been a total of 37 charges and 30 people charged under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA), including 5 new charges since the last COVID-19 update on December 23.

New CEMA charges:  

  • Failure to self-isolate: 3
  • Failure to behave in a manner consistent with declaration: 1
  • Failure to wear a mask: 1

Number of total incoming travellers: 67,209

  • Resident travellers: 18,042
  • BC residents: 15,392
  • NWT residents: 502
  • Other approved jurisdictions: 329
  • Non-residents staying: 11,473
  • Non-residents transiting: 21,362
  • Other: 99
  • Decals distributed indicating out-of-territory vehicles allowed in Yukon: 361
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 #: 
21-006