Thirty new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the Yukon on June 21.
The announcement follows 29 new cases on June 19 and nine new cases on June 18.
The Yukon now has 100 active COVID-19 cases, all presumed the Gamma (P.1) variant.
Of the 30 new cases, 23 are in Whitehorse and seven are in rural comunities. The virus is now present in most Yukon communities, officials say.
There has been one new hospitalization, for a total of three currently in hospital.
Fourteen people have recovered since the beginning of this outbreak.
“We expect to see many more cases over the coming weeks, especially in our unvaccinated population,” said Dr. Brendan Hanley, chief medical officer, in a statement.
Hanley has asked that people who are sick stay home. All camps and group activities should screen for illness.
“If you have symptoms that feel like a cold right now, it is probably COVID-19,” Hanley said.
Exposure notices to schools
Several schools have been issued exposure notices. Staff and students are advised to either self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms, according to the degree of exposure.
The following schools had infectious students present on the last day of school:
- Kluane School in Destruction Bay;
- Whitehorse Elementary;
- J.V. Clark School in Mayo;
- Holy Family Elementary School in Whitehorse;
- Takhini Elementary School in Whitehorse; and
- Grade 9 and 10 classes at Porter Creek Senior Secondary.
It was previously announced that F.H. Collins prom attendees should self-isolate until June 25 at midnight.
F.H. Collins cap and gown attendees have been instructed to self-monitor.
Letters have been sent to all affected students and staff.
Frequent testing is key, officials say
COVID-19 is now widely circulating through the Yukon, according to a government press release. While infection in vaccinated individuals is rare, anyone experiencing symptoms should get tested.
Drive-up testing is available in Whitehorse at 49A Waterfront Place everyday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Rural Yukoners should contact their community health centre.
Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that Grade 9 students at Porter Creek Secondary had been instructed to self-isolate until June 25. Those classes have been instructed to isolate until June 21.