The First Cases of COVID-19 Variants Of Concern Have Appeared In Yukon


Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley has stated that there are two new cases of COVID-19 in the territory. It seems that there is now Yukon’s first case of a “variant of concern.” The government stated that it’s ready for the new variants of concern, such as B117.

The official release states:

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“We can be thankful that both of these individuals have taken the proper precautions with self-isolation, and with the quick work of Yukon Communicable Disease Control, we will be able to control these cases and prevent any spread. This is a reminder that Yukoners must remain vigilant. COVID-19 is always lurking around the corner.”

Yukon’s 73rd case is a Yukon resident who lives in Whitehorse linked to international travel. That was the first COVID-19 case in Yukon in months. The second case identified on Thursday is a non-Yukon resident who arrived in the territory on Sunday and it’s still not being considered as a “Yukon case”.

People who were on Air North Flight 4N574 may have been exposed to the virus. The flight departed from Vancouver to Whitehorse at 6:40 p.m. PT. For now, the government is asking everyone who was on the flight to self-monitor for symptoms.

All inbound travelers entering the Yukon must undergo a mandatory two-week self-isolation period.