Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26, 2020. (Alistair Maitland Photography file)

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26, 2020. (Alistair Maitland Photography file)

New COVID-19 cases confirmed with three individuals in hospital

Public exposure notices have been issued.

After a streak of zero cases, the Yukon now has eight active cases and one Yukoner who has tested positive for the virus outside the territory and will remain Outside.

“They provide a stark reminder that we are not out of the woods yet,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee. “Variants will continue to be a concern as we wait for vaccination rates to increase across the country.”

McPhee reminded Yukoners that both shots are required in order to become fully vaccinated.

During the weekly update on June 9, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley confirmed that two additional cases have been identified. Cases 89 and 90 are confirmed in Whitehorse.

The total confirmed case count is now 90. An additional two cases — one in Whitehorse and one in an unidentified rural community — have been deemed probable, but not yet confirmed.

Cases 86 and 87 are linked to the recent outbreak at the Victoria Gold mine site. A third individual, a non-resident of the Yukon working in the mine, has also been identified.

Hanley said an “exploration” needs to take place to find out how the cases went up quickly, and the government is working with the mine.

Hanley said three of seven Yukon cases are now in hospital, but are in stable condition. Two are between the ages of 40 to 50 and one is in their 60s.

“That is a remarkable proportion, given the low rate of hospitalization we have seen over the past 80 cases. We’re all wishing well for these individuals and know they are being well cared for,” said Hanley.

He noted the three cases in hospital are not vaccinated. Hanley confirmed that of the Victoria Gold mine site individuals, two were partially vaccinated and one was fully vaccinated. He reminded Yukoners that while the vaccine is a powerful defense, it is still possible to get an infection.

“Even if someone is fully vaccinated, if they’re exposed to a lot of infection in high transmission circumstances, we can see those cases. The good part of that is that these people almost never get into trouble in terms of serious disease or hospitalization,” he said.

“Things would be much worse if we didn’t have the amount of people vaccinated that we do,” Hanley said. “In the next few days, we will discover more. Be prepared for higher case counts.”

Hanley said there isn’t an established connection between the Whitehorse cases and the Victoria Gold cases. The health team also hasn’t yet identified the origin of the initial case at the mine.

He said the containment of the outbreak at the mine is remarkable considering the environment.

The government announced previous new cases on June 8 and June 6. Three cases have been confirmed in Whitehorse and are currently isolating.

Another individual — case 85 — is a Yukon resident who was infected and will remain out of the territory.

Contact tracing is ongoing and four public exposure notifications have been issued.

The three individuals found positive on June 6 at Victoria Gold have been identified as having the P.1 (Gamma) variant. They are in isolation.

The following public exposure notices have been issued:

Casa Loma Motel Bar

  • Saturday, May 29, between 9 p.m. to closing
  • Monday, May 31, between 11 p.m. to closing
  • Saturday, June 5, between 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)

Whiskey Jacks Pub & Grill

  • Friday, May 28, between 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 5, between 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Walmart Sunday

  • June 6, between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 6, between 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Canadian Tire

  • Sunday, June 6, between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate, remain at home and take the online self-assessment and arrange to get tested, according to the government.

Contact Haley Ritchie at haley.ritchie@yukon-news.com

Coronavirus

Just Posted

John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file
Catherine Elliott, Yukon acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, has announced two new COVID-19 cases in the Yukon.
Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed, Porter Creek Secondary prom cancelled

Graduating students are encouraged to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms

Jim Elliot/Yukon News
Ross and Cindy Smith are finding more reason to smile as the floodwaters that almost reached their farm house were beginning to recede on June 8.
Farms on South Klondike Highway experience severe flooding

The nearest body of water is a lake almost three kilometres away

X
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for June 11, 2021.… Continue reading

Whitehorse courthouse interior on April 6, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
CYFN launches pilot program for community impact statements

First Nations will receive support developing statements after major crimes

Israr Ahmed speaks at a vigil at the Whitehorse Mosque to honour the Muslim family killed in London, Ont. on June 10. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Yukoners gather to honour Muslim family killed in London

Like many communities across the country, Yukoners came together to honour the Muslim family murdered in London Ontario

The RCMP Critical Incident Program will be training in Watson Lake from June 14-16. Mike Thomas/Yukon News
RCMP will conduct three days of training in Watson Lake

Lakeview Apartment in Watson Lake will be used for RCMP training

John Tonin/Yukon News Squash players duke it out during Yukon Open tournament action at Better Bodies on June 5.
Four division titles earned at squash Yukon Open

The territory’s squash talent was on full display at the 2021 Yukon Open

Runners leave the start line of the 2014 Klondike Trail of ‘98 International Road Relay Skagway. The 2021 race will start at checkpoint six and remain in the Yukon only. (Tom Patrick/Yukon News)
Klondike Road Relay returns to in-person after a virtual year

A modified, in-person Klondike Road Relay will be open to Yukoners

John Tonin/Yukon News Rang Pillai speaks at the Great Yukon Summer press conference on May 27.
‘The sooner the better’: Operators react to Great Yukon Summer campaign

The Great Yukon Summer campaign was announced May 27 and begins June 4

Mayor Dan Curtis stands in front of Minister Richard Mostyn and MP Larry Bagnell during an infastructure announcement made outside Jack Hulland Elementary School in Whitehorse on June 2. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Safety improvements planned for Whitehorse school zones

Enhanced pedestrian crosses are planned to make walking to school safer

2020 Haines Junction graduates line up for a photo on May 27, 2020 as part of a celebration parade through the village. While the St. Elias Community School is able to host an outdoor grad ceremony for 2021 grads this year, it will also host a parade and group photo as it did last year. (Marty Samis/Submitted)
Ceremonies and parades all part of 2021 grad

2021 sees old traditions return with some 2020 events adopted

A rendering of the proposed new city hall/services building and transit hub. (City of Whitehorse/submitted)
New city hall could cost $24.7 million

Council will be presented with latest plans June 7

Most Read