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Health Officials Recommend Masks in Indoor Spaces; 58 Active COVID-19 Cases in Yukon

Yukon's mask mandate was removed on August 4th, 2021. Photo: Luke McGrath/CKRW

Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 between Friday and Tuesday.

Yukon's active COVID-19 case count has risen to 58, with 36 new cases reported over the Thanksgiving long weekend. 

28 of these cases are Yukon residents, and eight others are out of territory residents.

Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott has issued a recommendation for the consistent use of masks in indoor public spaces. 

"Wearing a mask in places where you don’t know everyone or their vaccine status, is a small sacrifice to avoid getting sick," says Dr. Elliott. "I am concerned with the increasing number of cases we are seeing daily."

The official release from the Yukon Government says that the Delta variant is spreading in the territory with more Yukoners traveling to southern jurisdictions where Delta is circulating regularly. Dr. Elliott cited concern that there is rapid and widespread transmission among groups and social networks with very low vaccination rates and individuals.

Public exposure notices were issued for the following locations and dates:

Sanchez Cantina, 211 Hanson Street, Whitehorse

  • Thursday, October 7, 2021
    Between 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 
  • Friday, October 8, 2021
    Between 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 

Duffy’s Pets and Tanzilla Harness Supply, 407 Alexander Street, Whitehorse

  • Thursday, October 7
    Between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Friday, October 8, 2021
    Between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Air North Flight (4N510)

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021
    Vancouver to Whitehorse
    Scheduled departure 9:25 a.m.; arrival 11:55 a.m.

An exposure notice was also issued to students and staff in the Grade 5B class at Whitehorse Elementary School. Yukon Communicable Disease Control has issued specific information to those affected.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is advised to get tested. 

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