November 24, 2020: COVID-19 update

The new self-isolation rules have been added to this news release.

The airline, Air Canada,  for Flight 111 on November 7, has been corrected.

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, November 24, at 9 a.m., the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 38.  Twenty three people have recovered, one person has died, and there are currently 14 active cases. We have tested 4,624 people. Additional exposure notifications have been released.

  • Canadian Tire, Whitehorse
    • Tuesday, November 17, opening to close
       
  • Wykes Independent Grocer, Whitehorse
    • Tuesday, November 17, opening to close
       
  • Starbucks, Chilkoot Way, Whitehorse
    • Thursday, November 12 to Wednesday, November 18, opening to close
       
  • Tony’s, SKKY Hotel, Alaska Highway Whitehorse
    • Saturday, November 14, 5 p.m. to close.
       
  • General Store in Dawson City
    • Sunday, November 15, opening to close
       
  • Air North
    • Flight 573 on  Sunday, November 15
    • Flight 333 on Monday, November 9
    • Flight 528 on Sunday, November 8
       
  • Air Canada
    • Flight 111 on Saturday, November 7

If you are experiencing any symptoms and have been at these locations please call the COVID 19 Testing and Assessment Centre (CTAC) to arrange for testing or drop in at the drive-thru testing centre located at Centennial Motors on the Alaska Highway across from the airport.

Clarity regarding public health notifications

Public health notifications are meant to alert Yukoners about potential exposures at locations during specific times and dates. However, a notification does not mean that an organization or business establishment has necessarily been closed or currently poses a public health concern.

Mandatory masks starting December 1

As of December 1, it will be mandatory to wear a non-medical mask in all indoor public spaces. This will extend to all Yukoners over the age of two with very limited exceptions. A list of places of exemption and people who will be granted exemption will be available on yukon.ca before December 1.

New self-isolation rules

If you are planning to have guests from outside of Yukon during the holidays, you must be aware of the new self-isolation rules. Self-isolation option one will allow you to share meals and hugs with your guests, however every member of your household will be required to self-isolate for 14 days or If your guest leaves before 14 days, you must continue to self-isolate for three days. If everyone in your household and your departed guest do not have symptoms after three days, your household is free to leave your self-isolation.

Drive-Thru screening in Whitehorse

Located at the old Centennial Motors wash bay, this drive-thru will provide screening for those who are experiencing symptoms and require testing. Testing will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until Saturday, November 28 2020.

COVID-19 Testing Centre

From Monday, November 16, to Sunday, November 22, we tested 296 people at the CTAC in Whitehorse.

Prepared to address positive cases within schools       

If there is a case connected to a student or staff at one of our schools, we will follow the advice and recommendations of Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and Yukon Communicable Disease Control. Learn more at yukon.ca

New Civil Emergency Measures Act charge

One new charge was laid on November 19 for failing to self-isolate.

Enforcement statistics

The Government of Yukon has received 1,043 complaints as of November 23:

  • Failure to self-isolate: 604
  • Gatherings over 10 inside or 50 outside: 27
  • Failure to transit through Yukon in 24 hours or stay on the designated route: 385
  • Businesses failing to comply with orders: 10
  • Failure to abide by a declaration form or not permitted entry into Yukon: 17
  • Other: 1

There have been a total of 26 people charged, and 21 people charged under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA).

A total of 63,229 travellers have come into Yukon:

  • Resident travellers: 16,555
  • BC residents: 15,081
  • NWT residents: 481
  • Other approved jurisdictions: 299
  • Non-residents staying: 10,147
  • Non-residents transiting: 20,561
  • Other: 299
  • Decals distributed indicating out-of-territory vehicles allowed in Yukon: 346
Contact 

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7136
matthew.cameron@gov.yk.ca

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

News release #: 
20-345