June 16, 2021: new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announces 16 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and one probable case overnight. There are now 49 active cases in the territory. While only five are confirmed as Gamma variant, it is presumed that all recent cases are this variant of concern.

Yukon’s total case count: 136 confirmed and one probable case.

For the new cases today:

  • Forty-nine confirmed cases, including two out-of-territory Yukon residents.
  • One probable Yukon resident.
  • Forty-four cases are in Whitehorse and six in rural communities.
  • Two people are fully vaccinated, three are partially vaccinated, 33 are unvaccinated and 17 are still under investigation.
  • All are isolating and recovering at home.

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.

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.

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.

Exposure information

Anyone who participated in the following events must self-isolate until June 25, 2021: 

  • Camping trip to Tagish from June 4 to 6 
  • ‘Prank Event’ at PCSS on June 6 
  • Cap and gown rehearsal event on June 10 
  • Mount Sima graduation after-party from June 10 at 11 p.m. to June 11 at 7 a.m.

Anyone who participated in the First Nations graduation dinner on June 10 should self-monitor unless otherwise notified by YCDC.

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

Enforcement statistics

The Government of Yukon has received 2,248 complaints as of June 14, 2021:

  • Failure to self-isolate: 1,269
  • Gatherings over 10 inside or 50 outside: 55
  • Failure to transit through Yukon in 24 hours or stay on their designated route: 559
  • Businesses failing to comply with orders: 29
  • Failure to abide by declaration form: 61
  • Failure to wear a mask: 219
  • Failure to physical distance: 54

In the last week, there were five new charges issued under CEMA; two were for failure to self-isolate, one was for providing a false statement and two were for failure to provide a declaration.

There have been a total of 117 charges and 98 people charged under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA).

Number of total incoming travellers: 91,451

  • Resident travellers: 23,980
  • BC residents: 17,777
  • NWT residents: 529
  • Other jurisdictions: 1,308
  • Non-residents staying: 17,928
  • Non-residents transiting: 29,830
  • Other: 99
  • Decals distributed indicating out-of-territory vehicles allowed in Yukon: 466

Pat Living
Communications, Health and Social Services

News release #: