COVID-19 pandemic in Yukon

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COVID-19 pandemic in Yukon
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Yukon, Canada
First outbreak Wuhan, Hubei, China
Index case Whitehorse
Arrival dateMarch 22, 2020
(1 year, 7 months, 3 weeks and 1 day)
DateNovember 13, 2021
Confirmed cases1181
Active cases156
Recovered998
Deaths
11
Government website
Yukon Government

The COVID-19 pandemic in Yukon is part of an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As of November 21, 2020 in the Canadian territory of Yukon has reported 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 22 have recovered and one has died. 4,509 tests have been completed, with 4,361 confirmed negative and 121 still under investigation. [1]

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On March 22, 2020, Premier Sandy Silver and the Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Hanley, announced that Yukon had its first cases of coronavirus, a couple who had attended a convention in the United States and then returned home to Whitehorse. They developed symptoms upon their return and immediately sought medical assistance. They have self-isolated and have meticulously followed all public health directions. [2] During the pandemic, the territory opened its first public university in the north, Yukon University. [3]

Timeline

On March 20, 2020, the government of Yukon advised to stop all non-essential travel. [4] On March 22, after its first case, the government limited non-essential travel out of the territory or into remote communities to protect Yukon's most vulnerable citizens. [5] On April 17, minister of community services John Streicker signed the Ministerial Order, which allowed enforcement officers to deny entry to non-essential travellers. [6] All schools are currently closed. [7]

On March 22, 2020, Premier Sandy Silver and the Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Hanley, announced that Yukon had its first cases of COVID-19 in Yukon, a couple who had attended a convention in the United States and then returned home to Whitehorse. [2] On October 30, 2020, the territory reported its first COVID-19 death, who was a resident of Watson Lake. [8]

The first vaccine, of the Moderna type, was administered on January 4, 2021. [9]

The 2021 Yukon general election was held on April 12 amid the pandemic.

An ongoing outbreak is happening in the territory since November 2021. Proof of vaccination requirement to enter certain buildings became effective on November 13, 2021. [10]

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Brendan E. Hanley is a Canadian politician and physician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2021 Canadian federal election. He represents the electoral district of the Yukon as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. He previously served as the Yukon's chief medical officer of health since 2008. In late-March 2020, he frequently made updates and announcements during the COVID-19 pandemic in Yukon.

References

  1. "Case counts: COVID-19". yukon.ca. Government of Yukon. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  2. 1 2 "Yukon has 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the 1st in the territory". CBC News. March 22, 2020. Archived from the original on March 23, 2020. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
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  5. "Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19" . Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  6. "New border control measures come into force" . Retrieved May 13, 2020.
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