Yukon Reports 18 New COVID-19 Cases

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In a Thursday news release, Dr. Brendan Hanley, the territory’s chief medical officer said, there are 18 new COVID-19 cases in Yukon. The fresh cases bring the active case numbers in the territory to 107.

The fresh cases are from midday Wednesday and are being looked into. Contact tracing is also ongoing.

From July, all of the variant testing results gotten to date are positive for the Gamma variant.

The release says, fifty-three people in the most recent outbreak have recovered.

The entire case count for Yukon now stands at 242 and four deaths.

“COVID-19 is being widely transmitted throughout Yukon, primarily affecting unvaccinated people and is now present in most Yukon communities,” it states.

Eleven of 14 communities have individuals positive for the virus.

The news release does not reveal which communities are affected. But recently health officers stated they may contemplate divulging the names of communities outside Whitehorse where the virus cases are active if that’s what mayors and chiefs want.

Hanley claimed COVID-19 is affecting Yukoners of every age, from one year to 90 years old.

“We are working as hard as we can to provide advice to individuals on how they need to respond to a possible or known exposure to COVID-19,” he stated.

“I understand that people are concerned, especially parents of young ones when there is what appears to be a delay in notification. What is important to remember is that very young children do not get as ill as older folks. And, we need time to work through who are contacts and who are not.”

Hanley added that it is still crucial that individuals stay in the house if they are sick and get tested if they indicate symptoms and get vaccinated.

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