Yukoners contract COVID-19 while travelling

Dr. Catherine Elliott, Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, has confirmed today that two Yukon residents have contracted COVID-19 while travelling in another province.

The people acquired the illness outside Yukon. They have a mild illness and are recovering in self-isolation. They will return to Yukon once they are no longer infectious.

Yukon Communicable Disease Control is working closely with the provincial health authority to ensure they are receiving the appropriate care and to coordinate on contact tracing. 

All provinces and territories have an agreement to report on the case count based on permanent residency.

The most up-to-date information can be found at yukon.ca/covid-19-information.

We were anticipating that we would have cases among Yukoners and these two cases do not change the risk for Yukon. These persons were not infectious while in Yukon.

This situation demonstrates that our public health system is working and our partnerships and communication channels with other provincial health authorities are working. These two cases are a reminder that we continue to live with COVID-19. If we maintain the safe six, including proper hand hygiene, physical distancing, small gatherings, staying home when sick and being respectful when travelling, we can keep our families and communities safe.

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

Contact 

Nigel Allan
Communications, Health Emergency Operations Centre
867-335-4838
nigel.allan@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
20-200