The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has reported the death of a Yukon citizen from COVID-19. Ten Yukoners have died of COVID-19 since the first death was reported in November 2020.
There are currently 35 active cases of COVID-19 in the territory, with 15 cases confirmed since noon Friday, October 1. Among these new cases are nine in Carcross, one in Watson Lake, four in Whitehorse and one in Burwash Landing/Destruction Bay. There have been 773 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yukon residents diagnosed since March 2020. Both the Delta variant and the Gamma variant are circulating in the Yukon.
Exposure notices have been issued to Grades 8 and 9 at Watson Lake Secondary School in Watson Lake and a daycare in Carcross. Yukon Communicable Disease Control has provided specific directions to affected people.
My sincere condolences go out to the family members of the individual who most recently died from COVID-19. Any loss is devastating for family members and, when it is from COVID-19, it is a blow to those who are working so hard to keep everyone safe.
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott
Testing and vaccines
The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health is reminding everyone who has symptoms to get tested, no matter where they are located.
The Rapid Response Testing team remains in Carcross until end of day, Friday, October 8. Testing is taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carcross Fire Hall.
Communications, Health and Social Services