June 23, 2021: Chief Medical Officer of Health reports one death and four new cases of COVID-19

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is saddened to announce the death of another Yukon resident from COVID-19.

There are four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, and the active case count is 103. Since June 4, 2021, all of the variant testing results received to date are positive for the Gamma (P.1) variant.

Yukon’s total case count: 224

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 22:

  • Four confirmed cases.
  • Three cases are in Whitehorse and one is in a rural community.
  • Investigation and contact tracing is under way.
  • Several individuals previously reported as recovered have been reclassified as active cases due to persisting symptoms.

COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities. Eleven of 14 communities are home to COVID-19 positive people.

People with symptoms

Testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever. People who are vaccinated may also rarely acquire COVID-19 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/. 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.

 

COVID-19 is hitting unvaccinated Yukoners hard. We expect the trend of daily cases to  continue for a few weeks,  and we may see additional clusters and smaller outbreaks. Given the heartbreaking news today of yet another death, it is more important than ever that people stay home if ill, get tested if they have symptoms and get vaccinated.

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

Backgrounder 

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

Contact 

Pat Living
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-335-1531
patricia.living@yukon.ca

News release #: 
21-198