June 19, 2021: new COVID-19 cases confirmed; community transmission among unvaccinated

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is announcing 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are now 87 active cases in the territory. Thirty one are confirmed as the Gamma (P.1) variant, however it is presumed that all cases identified since June 4, 2021 are this variant of concern.

Yukon’s total case count: 182

For the new cases today:

  • Twenty nine confirmed cases.
  • Six recoveries.
  • Twenty two cases are in Whitehorse and seven in rural communities.
  • No new hospitalizations, 3 previous cases remain in hospital.
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way.

People with symptoms

COVID-19 is now widely circulating throughout Yukon, so testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever. People who are vaccinated may acquire COVID-19 in rare circumstances and should seek testing if symptoms develop.

Testing turnaround times remain very quick and this week people have been getting their results in 24 hours. For faster access to testing results you can get negative results online.

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. Drive-up testing is available in Whitehorse at the CTAC 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily at 49A Waterfront Place.

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.


If you have symptoms that feel like a cold right now, you should consider that it is COVID-19. You should isolate immediately and arrange for a test. We expect to see many more cases as the virus moves through our unvaccinated population. To get through this, people must get tested when symptoms appear and stay home if at all unwell. Isolating people with symptoms, identifying contacts, and testing will bring us through this outbreak. Vaccination will prevent the next one.  

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


Safe 6 plus 1

As a reminder, no restrictions have changed. 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


Media contact 

Pat Living
Communications, Health and Social Services

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