September 20, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott reports 12 new cases of COVID-19 from noon Friday, September 17, to noon Monday, September 20. The number of active cases is currently 30.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 725; 678 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in the Yukon and probable cases. Since March 22, 2020, 691 people have recovered.

COVID-19 outbreak declared in Grade 4 class at Johnson Elementary School in Watson Lake

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the Grade 4 class at Johnson Elementary School in Watson Lake. At this time, three cases are linked to this outbreak. These cases have no known exposure sources other than the Grade 4 classroom. It is most likely that these cases caught COVID-19 within their class cohort and there is no indication of spread in the school beyond this class.

List of presumed cancers for firefighters to be included in proposed Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act

This fall, the Government of Yukon will table the most progressive Workers’ Compensation Bill in the country.

The legislation will include the broadest array of presumptive cancers in the country to protect full- and part-time and volunteer Yukon firefighters who, through their valiant work, are often placed at higher risk of illness. This list will also include thyroid and pancreatic cancer, which makes it the most comprehensive coverage in the country.

September 17, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott reports four new cases of COVID-19 from noon Wednesday, September 15, to noon Friday, September 17.  The number of active cases is currently at 25.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 716; 666 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in the Yukon and probable cases. Since March 22, 2020, 686 people have recovered.

Third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be available for a select group of immunocompromised Yukoners

Beginning Monday, September 20, Yukoners who qualify for a third dose of a COVID-19 immunization can make an appointment online through the CanImmunize page on Yukon.ca. Yukoners in rural communities can call their local health centre to find out when the next immunization clinic will be held.

September 16, 2021: public exposure notifications

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

Public exposure notices

  • Air North (4N570)
    Sunday, September 12, 2021
    Vancouver to Whitehorse
    Departure: 8:30 p.m.

Anyone on this flight is asked to self monitor for symptoms for 14 days, until September 26, 2021, and to arrange for testing if they develop any symptoms.

New name for the Women’s Directorate reflects work to advance gender equity

The Women’s Directorate will now be known as the Women and Gender Equity Directorate to reflect the important work that is already happening to advocate and support women, girls and the LGBTQ2S+ community.

September 15, 2021: COVID-19 case count update

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott reports six new cases of COVID-19 from noon, Monday, September 13, to noon Wednesday, September 15.  The number of active cases is currently at 23.  

Total number of confirmed Yukon cases since March 22, 2020: 712; 662 cases since June 1, including out of territory residents diagnosed in the Yukon and probable cases. Since March 22, 2020, 684 people have recovered.

Government of Yukon collaborating with Yukon First Nations to develop new mining legislation

In collaboration with Yukon First Nations, the Government of Yukon is developing new mining legislation that will improve the management of the Yukon’s mineral resources in a way that respects First Nations’ relationships with the land and supports a modern and sustainable mining industry. The new legislation will work to improve the territory’s regulatory system, strengthen the Yukon’s economy, protect the environment and support the modern day needs of the Yukon.

State of Emergency lifted for Southern Lakes, Lake Laberge

The Government of Yukon is lifting the State of Emergency previously issued under the Civil Emergency Measures Act in response to flooding in the Southern Lakes region, including Lake Laberge.

This State of Emergency was declared on July 9, 2021, giving the Yukon government the ability to provide effective and timely response to residents impacted by flooding in the territory. Water levels have continued to decline since August 17 and the flood response is now entering the recovery phase.