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Yukon reports 10 new COVID-19 cases

The active COVID-19 case count for Yukon is now 147, with the "surge" in infections continuing mainly in Whitehorse.

Rapid response testing teams have been sent to Mayo and Old Crow

Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the territory on Tuesday. (Government of Yukon/Alistair Maitland)

There are 10 new COVID-19 cases in Yukon, said the territory's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley in a news release Tuesday.

The new cases were confirmed between noon Monday and noon Tuesday and bring the active case count to 147, the release says.

"The surge in COVID-19 infections continues in Whitehorse with fewer cases in communities throughout Yukon," it reads in part.

There have been 360 cases since June 1, including out-of-territory residents diagnosed in Yukon, and probable cases.

Nine of the 10 new cases on Tuesday are in Whitehorse and one case is in a rural community, pending confirmation.

There have also been rapid response testing teams dispatched to Old Crow and Mayo.

In Mayo, a clinic is taking place on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at J.V. Clark School.

Testing clinics in Old Crow will take place July 7, 8 and 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Chief Zzeh Gittlit School.

The release says testing for COVID-19 is "more important than ever" as even people who are vaccinated can also become infected with COVID-19. If symptoms develop, seek testing, officials say.

Health officials will provide an update on COVID-19 in the territory on Wednesday morning. It will be streamed live on CBC North's website and on CBC Yukon's Facebook page.

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