November 8, 2021: COVID-19 case update

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott reports 80 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, from noon Friday, November 5, until noon Monday, November 8. The number of active cases is currently 169.

The Government of Yukon is considering new recommendations from the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health to act swiftly to help control the rapid spread of COVID-19 within the territory. Yukoners are urged to get vaccinated and practise the Safe 6 and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.

Outbreak declared in École Whitehorse Elementary School 

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at École Whitehorse Elementary School. The Grade 4/5 split class is impacted. At this time, the outbreak is specific to the class itself and students who are not affected by other exposure notices should continue to go to school.

Drive-thru testing facility

To help meet the increased demand for testing, a drive-thru testing facility will begin on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 7 days per week. No appointment necessary. The drive-thru is located at 91628 Alaska Highway (Centennial Motors) in the wash bay. The facility will be open on November 11, 2021.

We are at a point in the pandemic that we have not been in before and one that we hoped we would not see. A rapidly escalating COVID-19 situation is developing in the Yukon and is threatening our health care system. We need to take immediate steps to break the cycle of widespread community transmission we are seeing right now and will likely continue to see over the coming days. It is more important than ever to get vaccinated and practise the Safe 6 plus 1.

acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott

Quick facts 
  • The COVID-19 Testing Centre will resume drive-up testing on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

  • Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment online.

  • The vaccine clinic in Whitehorse is located at the Yukon Convention Centre, 4051-4th Avenue. In communities, contact your local health centre.

  • Yukoners can request their proof of vaccination credential online at yukon.ca/vaccine-proof or on the phone via the COVID-19 InfoLine at 1-877-374-0425, seven days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Backgrounder 

Current active COVID-19 cases in the Yukon:

The total number of confirmed cases in Yukon residents since March 2020 is 1,087.

Since March 2020, 930 people have recovered. Ten people have died. 

Active cases by location:

  • 132 are Whitehorse residents;
  • one is a resident of Burwash Landing;
  • four are residents of Carcross;
  • 20 are residents of Carmacks;
  • one is a resident of Pelly Crossing; and
  • one is a resident of Teslin

Testing and vaccines

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

Brittanee Stewart
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-667-3673
brittanee.stewart@yukon.ca

News release #: 
21-443