Much work at the Whitehorse shelter has happened to put in place the requirements for adherence to the public health prevention measures, according to the chief medical officer of health. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Shelter efforts around COVID-19 outlined

Public Health Agency of Canada recommendations being followed

Yukon Department of Health and Social Services officials say recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada are being followed at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter in response to COVID-19.

Asked by the News what protocols are in place and any changes that have been made at the shelter, department spokesperson Pat Living responded with a link to a website detailing the recommendations.

Among those recommendations are physical distancing measures aimed at keeping people at least two metres apart, including with sleeping mats.

There’s also clear cleaning requirements outlined such as washing laundry with hot water between 60 and 90 C, ongoing education with signage to wash hands and more. Staff are expected to model the physical distancing requirements.

Full details are available at https://yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19/communal-living-recommendations-during-covid-19

Chief Medical Officer of Health Brendan Hanley spoke briefly to the efforts underway at the shelter during an April 22 media briefing, noting there’s been “much, much work at the Whitehorse shelter to put in place the requirements for adherence to the public health prevention measures such as physical distancing at the same time to support the people that need the shelter in terms of meal planning, physical spacing, number of people admitted at a time, alternative supports for people if the building is at capacity, (and) temporary accommodations.”

He went on to state that efforts are underway to look at the situation outside the building. He noted the department recognizes there are concerns around spacing outside of the shelter with the weather warming up.

“Measures are being looked at to address that situation as well by social services and with the support of some of the personnel at the emergency operations centre here to make sure that both the supports are there that are necessary, but also the adherence to physical spacing,” Hanley said.

It was not specified what those measures may be.

Contact Stephanie Waddell at stephanie.waddell@yukon-news.com

CoronavirusHousing and Homelessness

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

d
Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

g
Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

City councillor Samson Hartland in Whitehorse on Dec. 3, 2018. Hartland has announced his plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Hartland declares election plans

Whitehorse RCMP will provide internet safety training due to an uptick of child luring offences. (iStock photo)
RCMP hosting internet safety webinars for parents and caregivers

The webinars will take place on March 23 and 25

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Bureau of Statistics reports rising rents for Yukoners, falling revenues for businesses

The bureau has published several reports on the rental market and businesses affected by COVID-19

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

A rendering of the Normandy Manor seniors housing facility. (Photo courtesy KBC Developments)
Work on seniors housing project moves forward

Funding announced for Normandy Manor

Most Read