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Yukon confirms new COVID-19 case in Whitehorse, issues exposure notice

The Yukon government confirmed a new case of COVID-19 in Whitehorse late Tuesday afternoon, and says it is linked to a previous case.

Officials say new case is linked to previous case, investigation is underway

The latest confirmed case of COVID-19 in Whitehorse was announced Tuesday afternoon. It's the second new case in the Yukon capital in less than a week. (John Fulton/CBC)

The Yukon government confirmed a new case of COVID-19 in Whitehorse on Tuesday afternoon, and says it is linked to a previous case.

This is the second new case involving a Yukon resident in less than a week. Health officials announced the other case last Thursday and said it looked to be linked to travel outside of the territory. 

It's the territory's 25th confirmed case since the pandemic began, and is one of the territory's two active cases.

An additional active case was also announced in a news conference on Tuesday, but that person is a non-resident of Yukon and the case is not counted toward the territory's caseload.

In a news release on Tuesday, officials said the investigation is underway into the latest Yukon case, and Yukon Communicable Disease Control had reached most of the individual's contacts.

A notice was also issued Tuesday, warning of possible exposure at another location in Whitehorse, along with two other city locations identified last week.

  • Listers Motor Sports, between 8:30 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, Nov. 10
  • Save-On-Foods, before 1 p.m. on Nov. 6.
  • A&W restaurant, between 3 and 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Officials advise anyone who was at any of those locations at those times and who have symptoms to get tested.

People can call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 in Whitehorse, or contact their nearest community health centre.

At a news conference earlier on Tuesday, Premier Sandy Silver pointed to the recent cases in Yukon and Nunavut and said, "we are still in the grips of this pandemic and things can change very quickly.

"Canada's second wave of COVID-19 is reaching the territories, and we need to make sure that we're doing everything we can to protect our communities."

Clarifications

  • An earlier version of this story said there are now two active cases in Yukon. Another active case announced Tuesday is a non-resident and is therefore not counted as part of the territory's caseload.
    Nov 18, 2020 11:37 AM CT

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