July 16, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is reporting five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 12 p.m. Thursday, July 15, and 12 p.m. today. With recoveries, this brings the active case count to 77. 

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 502; 432 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in Yukon and probable cases.

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on July 15, there are five confirmed cases:

  • All cases are in Whitehorse.

Since June 1, 2021, 349 people have recovered and there have been four deaths. There have been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

The next case update will be Monday, July 19, 2021.

Drive-up testing closes on Sunday, July 18, 2021

A drive-up testing service was set up in mid-June in Whitehorse to address the increased demand for testing as a result of the June outbreak. Based on numbers of people currently seeking testing after hours, the drive-up testing service, operating from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily, will close at the end of the day on Sunday, July 18.

Testing is still available seven days per week. The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Dr. Elliott advises that testing for COVID-19 infection remains important. 

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.

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre. Testing turnaround times remain very quick, 24 hours in the previous week, and negative results can now be accessed online for faster access to results.

Safe 6 plus 1

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley has made several strong temporary recommendations to decrease gathering sizes and limit contacts. Everyone in the Yukon should continue to follow the Safe 6 plus 1 (plus 1 means wear a mask). See more information at: 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 #: 
21-236