June 28, 2021: Chief Medical Officer of Health reports 24 new cases

Please note the number of new cases has been corrected to 24.

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reporting 24 new cases of COVID-19. There are now 136 active cases in the territory.

Yukon’s total case count is: 332

For the new cases since 12 p.m. on June 27, 2021:

  • twenty-four confirmed cases;
  • the majority of cases are in Whitehorse;
  • investigation and contact tracing remain underway; and
  • one hundred and fourteen people have recovered since June 1.

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

Over the coming weeks, we will continue to see the case count rise. We must all prepare ourselves for things to look different over the weeks to come. At the same time, we need to stick together and stay calm. If you are not yet vaccinated, get your shot. “Stick to Six” and keep your contacts very small. We are one community as we face this wave and work together to regain control.

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

Backgrounder 

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 rapid, 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 online to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/. Drive-up testing is available in Whitehorse at the CTAC 6:30p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily at 49A Waterfront Place.

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Safe 6 plus 1

As a reminder, recommendations on gathering sizes have changed. Keep your social gathering to 6 people or less – “stick to six” whether you are inside or outdoors.

Everyone in the Yukon should “stick to six” and 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 #: 
21-207