A Yukon resident currently outside of Yukon has tested positive for COVID-19. The new case has been confirmed by Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. The individual acquired the disease and was tested outside the territory.
This brings Yukon’s total case count to 14, three of whom contracted the disease and were diagnosed outside of Yukon. These cases were all diagnosed after July 1.
Yukon Communicable Disease Control is working closely with the provincial health authority to ensure the individual is receiving the appropriate care and to coordinate contact tracing.
This person began experiencing symptoms while out of the territory, was tested and is now recovering in self isolation. They will not return to Yukon until they are no longer infectious. This is a good reminder that we must all continue to take the same precautions when travelling that we would take at home. The Safe Six becomes even more important.
Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley
Provinces and territories work closely to coordinate care for patients who are not in their home jurisdictions so patients receive the care they need and the public is protected.
All provinces and territories have an agreement to report on the case count based on permanent residency.
The Safe Six include proper hand hygiene, physical distancing, small gatherings, staying home when sick and being respectful when travelling.
The most up-to-date information can be found at Yukon.ca/COVID-19.
Communications, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health