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Yukon reports 13 fewer COVID-19 cases in last 48 hours

Yukon health officials are reporting 156 active cases in the territory Wednesday, 10 fewer than on Monday.
The drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Whitehorse reopened on Wednesday and vehicles were soon lined up. (Wayne Vallevand/CBC)

Yukon health officials are reporting 156 active cases of COVID-19 in the territory Wednesday, 13 fewer than on Monday.

On Monday, the Yukon government declared a state of emergency because of the growing case count in the territory, and announced new health regulations, including a proof-of-vaccination requirement, that take effect on Saturday.

Yukon now has the most cases per capita in the country, with 349 per 100,000 residents, more than double the number in Alberta, which ranks second, and where there are 138 cases per 100,000 residents.

On Wednesday, the territory reopened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Whitehorse.

Ruth Ferguson waited in line at the drive-thru site for several hours, and warned others to be prepared for a long wait. 

"I just wasn't quite prepared for like a three-hour wait," she said.

Cases in communities

Of the active 156 cases in the territory, 108 are Whitehorse residents, which is 24 fewer than on Monday.

There are 22 cases in Carmacks, two more than on Monday, and two cases in Carcross, two fewer than Monday. In Watson Lake, there are now 14 cases, all of them new since Monday. The two cases in Dawson City are also new, as are the two in Haines Junction and the one in Mayo.

There are no longer cases in Burwash Landing or Teslin.

There remains one case in Pelly Crossing.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story reported that Carcross had seen an increase of 18 cases in the last two days. In fact, Carcross saw a decrease in cases, from four to two. The story also said Carmacks, which had 22 cases, had two fewer cases than on Monday. In fact, Carmacks added two cases in that stretch of time.
    Nov 12, 2021 9:30 AM CT

With files from Paul Tukker

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