June 18, 2021: F.H. Collins prom attendees directed to self-isolate; case count continues to increase

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley is directing Grade 12 students who attended the F.H. Collins prom event on Friday, June 11, to self-isolate until end of day on Friday, June 25, at 11:59 p.m. This direction is issued under his authority under Sections 11 and 17 of the Communicable Disease regulation under the Public Health and Safety Act.

One of nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for today is a student at the school who attended the event. Everyone who attended the F.H. Collins Cap and Gown event on Thursday, June 10, are being asked to self-monitor only. Letters are being sent to students involved.

In addition, under this same authority, Dr. Hanley is directing students in four Grade 9 classes at Porter Creek Senior Secondary to self-isolate until end of day on Friday, June 25. Letters are being sent to students in those classes.  If students or their parents do not receive a letter by end of day Friday, June 18th, the student is not required to self-isolate.

There are now 64 active cases in the territory including one probable case and three out of territory residents currently in Yukon. Thirty one are confirmed as the Gamma (P.1) variant, however it is presumed that all are this variant of concern.

Yukon’s total case count: 153 confirmed

For the new cases today:

  • Nine confirmed cases, including one out of territory case who has been diagnosed in Yukon.
  • Today’s cases are in Whitehorse with one in a rural community.
  • All are isolating and recovering at home.

We have identified both these two Whitehorse high schools because of the sheer number of people who are affected. We are seeing other school cases but are so far able to focus our contact tracing and advice to students and parents. Fortunately, we are not yet seeing evidence of transmission within the schools but rather young people acquiring COVID-19 in the community and then going to school. The fact that school is now over is also helping us. 

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley

Backgrounder 

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 is directed to call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre (CTAC) at 867-393-3083 or book on-line to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/.  Drive-up testing is available 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week beginning June 18 at the CTAC at 49A Waterfront Place. Appointments are required.

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. As a reminder, no restrictions have changed. Everyone in the Yukon should continue to follow the Safe 6 plus 1.

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 #: 
21-191