June 14, 2021: third COVID-19 death for Yukon

Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has confirmed a third death of a Yukon resident with COVID-19.

The Whitehorse resident was linked to a previous case and was unvaccinated.

Since Sunday, June 13, there are five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yukon. Yukon’s total case count is 107.

For the new cases today:

  • Cases 105 to 107 are linked to the current outbreak.
  • Of the five cases announced today, three are in Whitehorse and two in communities:
    • One is a student at Elijah Smith Elementary School. Parents are being informed by Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliot and the Department of Education.
    • Two of these cases are out of territory residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in Yukon. They are included in our active case count but not our total case count.
  • It is expected that all cases will be Gamma variant of concern.
  • All cases are self-isolating and recovering.
  • Three of our previous cases have recovered.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of this individual. Out of respect, we will not be releasing any additional information.

Yukon’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott

Backgrounder 

Public exposure notices

There are no public exposure notices however any person who is unvaccinated and not following the Safe 6 plus 1 is considered to be at risk of contracting COVID-19 and should monitor for symptoms.

People with symptoms

With current active cases in Yukon, testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever in order to identify possible community spread. People who are vaccinated may acquire COVID-19 in rare circumstances and should seek testing if symptoms develop.
 

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 or book on-line 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 (plus 1 means wear a mask) 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 #: 
21-181