29 COVID-19 Cases and Community Transmission Confirmed in Yukon

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According to a news release issued on Saturday, Yukon health officers have confirmed 29 new cases of COVID-19 and community transmission among unvaccinated people.

The news release reads,

“COVID-19 is now widely circulating throughout Yukon, so testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever.”

Of the latest cases, 22 are in Whitehorse, and seven are in rural areas. Six individuals have recuperated from the virus and there are no new hospital admissions.

Three past cases are still in the hospital.

Thirty-one current cases have been ascertained as the Gamma (P.1) variant; nonetheless, it is assumed that all established cases are this variant of concern

Yukon currently has 87 active cases.

Testing crucial

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley stated in the release that

“If you have symptoms that feel like a cold right now, you should consider that it is COVID-19.”

“You should isolate immediately and arrange for a test.”

Hanley observed that people vaccinated in may, in rare situations, get COVID-19 and should be tested if symptoms show up.

Testing turnaround remains at a fast pace with people this week receiving their results in 24 hours.

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre or book online to arrange for testing. Drive-up testing is available in Whitehorse daily at 49A Waterfront Place.

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Yukoners are still asked to follow the “Safe 6” plus one — that is, wear a mask.

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