November 5, 2021: COVID-19 case update

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott reports 44 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, from noon Wednesday, November 3, until noon Friday, November 5. The number of active cases is currently 102. With the increasing number of infected people, many of whom have no known connection to other known cases or exposures sites, the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health has confirmed there is now widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Whitehorse.

The total number of confirmed cases in Yukon residents since March 2020 is 1017.

Since March 2020, 907 people have recovered. Ten people have died. 

For the new cases since noon on Friday, November 5: 

  • Thirty-four are residents of Whitehorse.
  • Five are residents of Carmacks.
  • Five are residents of Watson Lake.

People from out of the territory who are diagnosed in the Yukon are counted in the Yukon’s active case count but not in the Yukon’s total case count as they are counted in their home jurisdiction.

Given the increasing case numbers, the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly encourages Yukoners to follow public health recommendations:

  • Follow the Safe 6.
  • Wear a mask indoors.
  • Limit indoor social gatherings to 20 people if everyone 12 and over is fully vaccinated.
  • Limit social gatherings to 6 people if not everyone is fully vaccinated.

Public exposure notice

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has issued the following COVID-19 public exposure notice:

  • The Local Bar, 206 Jarvis Street, Whitehorse
    Halloween Concert
    Saturday, October 30, 2021
    8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

With widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Whitehorse I am urging all Yukoners to wear a mask indoors and those who are not vaccinated to stick to six for their gatherings.  This is the time to use the protections we know well, and it has never been a better time to get vaccinated.

Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott

Backgrounder 

Testing and vaccines

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to remind everyone who has symptoms to get tested.

A Rapid Testing Team will be in Carmacks this weekend. Clinic location, dates and times are as follows:

Where: Carmacks Recreation Centre, 121 River Drive, Carmacks

Dates and times:

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
     
  • Sunday, November 7, 2021
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
     
  • Monday, November 8, 2021
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre. 

Yukoners are also reminded that the best way to protect themselves and the people around them is to get fully vaccinated. COVID-19 and its variants spread easily. People can pass infection on even if they do not have any symptoms. Everyone aged 12 and older can get vaccinated in the Yukon.

Contact 

Dana Clark
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-332-6985
dana.clark@yukon.ca

News release #: 
21-441