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MORE CASES REPORTED – Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee, Mary Tiesen, the territorial government’s American sign language interpreter, and Dr. Brendan Hanley are seen left to right at this morning’s weekly COVID-19 briefing.

Cases show vaccines not 100-per-cent effective

Three people are hospitalized in Whitehorse with COVID-19 infections, health officials said this morning.

By Tim Giilck on June 9, 2021

Three people are hospitalized in Whitehorse with COVID-19 infections, health officials said this morning.

That was the highlight of today’s weekly COVID-19 briefing by Dr. Brendan Hanley, the chief medical officer of health.

Eight new cases have been confirmed in the Yukon, bringing the case count to 90.

Three people at the Victoria Gold mine in the Mayo region have the virus.

One Yukon resident who is out-of-territory is included, although that person did not catch the virus here and will not return until recovered. That case is included in the case count regardless of that status.

Three people in Whitehorse were diagnosed, while an additional person in an undisclosed rural location is also infected. That location will not be revealed unless a public exposure notice is issued.

“That’s three of the seven (outside the mine outbreak), Hanley said.

It’s not clear if it is all of the Whitehorse residents who are in the hospital, or if the rural person is amongst those three patients.

So far, the three people are not in serious condition, Hanley said.

“I don’t have an update from today, but there’s nothing to indicate that will change.

“The cases are stable. Two are between 40 and 50 years old. One is 60-plus.

“That’s younger than might be expected,” he said.

None of the three are vaccinated, Hanley said.

He called that change of affairs in the matter of a few days “a remarkable number.”

At the mine site, one of the infected people is fully vaccinated, while the other two have had one dose of the vaccine.

The three individuals positive for COVID-19 have now been identified as having the P.1 (Gamma) variant of concern. They remain in isolation.

Hanley said it’s a sobering reminder the vaccines aren’t 100-per-cent effective under some circumstances, such as the close confines of the mine.

He stressed that even when the vaccine fails to prevent infection, the severity of the symptoms is likely to be reduced.

The investigation into the source of the rash of infections is underway. There are no answers yet, and no information indicating the cluster at the mine is related to the Whitehorse region cases.

Three-quarters of people at the mine have been vaccinated.

“The situation has changed dramatically in a few days,” Tracy-Anne McPhee, the deputy premier and minister of Health and Social Services, said at this morning’s briefing.

She announced that partially due to the current cases, the government will not relax any more health restrictions until the number of fully-vaccinated people rises to 75 per cent. It’s at 72 per cent now.

McPhee also announced that of June 18, unvaccinated children up to 12 from anywhere in Canada who are travelling with vaccinated family members or guardians will not have to self-isolate when they reach the Yukon.

That also applies to Yukon residents.

The decision to allow such travel was made last week, but a date had not been announced.

The government has issued exposures notices for a number of locations around Whitehorse.

People may have been exposed to the COVID-19 infection if they were at one of the following locations:

• Casa Loma Motel Bar
Saturday, May 29, between 9 p.m. to closing;
Monday, May 31, between 11 p.m. to closing;
Saturday, June 5, between 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

• Whiskey Jacks Pub & Grill
Friday, May 28, between 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.;
Saturday, June 5, between 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

•  Walmart
Sunday, June 6, between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.;
Sunday, June 6, between 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• Canadian Tire
Sunday, June 6, between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

More notices are possible in the future, and more cases might crop up as well, Hanley said.

Comments (22)

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JohnW on Jun 15, 2021 at 5:54 pm

Those who get the shot are not immune to Covid. They are low-level virus spreaders because they will catch Covid and they won't get symptoms severe enough to cause isolation.
Those who take the shot risk serious long-term adverse reactions and medical problems, especially if they're young. However, those who catch Covid will become immune.
This "outbreak" is further proof that masks and the regulations don't stop the natural spread of Covid.

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MikeC on Jun 15, 2021 at 3:59 pm

Yep it's all fake..you got us! All the nurses, doctors, EMS, scientists, health officials etc. They were all part of this world wide cabal to restrict their and your rights! And don’t take the vaccine because it’s actually worse than not taking it..nobody wants to believe anything these days unless it serves their personal agenda. Btw most of these people are right wing people who are too self entitled to give a s*it about anything but themselves..why don’t you go bi*ch at Ford and Kennedy as well.

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Morning Jay on Jun 14, 2021 at 10:22 am

Yah, that's what I thought. They tell us herd immunity at 75%. BS, I look through your comments and once again I see division in you against your neighbor. The virus is nothing more than a flu, cold and cough. There is no emergency yet we allow our government to set aside the constitution, propagate against us while ignoring the facts. The burden of proof is on the government and the sciences behind the social distancing, masks and the vaccine that does not stop the virus. If the government told you to jump off a cliff, I don't know about you but this is going to raise my eyebrow and force me to ask questions as to purpose - what do they think they will achieve out of this etc. So why can't we ask questions now about this?

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Enough on Jun 11, 2021 at 1:58 pm

Indian Bar Association Legal Action against World Health Organization chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, for suppressing information about Ivermectin’s efficacy in safely preventing and treating covid-19.
Dated May 25, 2021


Please note, Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon Medical Association and Yukon politicians: Canadians should be doing the same.

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Malevolence on Jun 11, 2021 at 9:52 am

Dear Dorothy - Government has become the instrument of division and oppression. It is the method by which it seized power. If anyone has any residual notions about representative democracy as an expression of the will of the people… I would say that they must be profoundly stupid!

This sickness has infested the civil service where the role of management is the same directionless stupidity in constant flux between the competing political priorities of any given moment. However, this can never be known by Joe/Jane Grunt because it is the unwritten hidden agenda of management through which management uses and abuses Joe/Jane.

This is why there is such ambiguity and vagueness in policy and procedure… So management can do whatever it wants with immunity and the YEU sits idly by… Right to manage, right to manage, no we won’t support your grievance, right to manage. It’s so bad now that even the YEU has posted on their website that they must consider the ‘political correctness’ of their actions… They are no longer de facto representatives of the membership but rather a public enterprise serving the public interest - This should in a just system threaten and alter their status via legal action against them as it alters the meaning of the ‘collective’.

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DMZ on Jun 10, 2021 at 11:29 pm

Are they saying they're trying to reach herd immunity? Somehow I don't think they are anymore. The most clear thing I can get lately is 75 percent is the magic figure, and I just don't believe we'll notice much in the way of restrictions being lifted when we get there, (which is imminent), because they're not describing anything but travel, and the mechanics of that travel seem fairly stifling, including domestic travel. Basically, if you don't travel in the immediate future, things will be the same as they were all winter.

Dr. Isaac Boguch suggested that Canada should just adopt the US CDC guidelines and quit leaving everyone hanging about what life after vaccination means, and was immediately stomped on by yet another doctor "But...the variants..."

With the vaccination rate being so high, and not seeming to matter, I'm wondering if they want to think 100 percent is a reasonable goal. The pandemic has been marked by policies that, according to "experts", require the "cooperation" of a high mass of individuals. It was always exhausting mentally.

Like others, I don't believe anything they say. They can't, or won't, communicate a coherent message or plan and I'm more confused after they talk than if they just said nothing at all. It's easier to believe they happen to like this situation very much. Don't journalists question them anymore?

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DorothyL on Jun 10, 2021 at 1:26 pm

There are glaring contradictions here. Authorities tell us to get the vaccine to stop the spread of the virus. But obviously these covid vaccine don’t stop the spread, they only suppress symptoms. See, these vaccinated mine employees that tested positive now have isolate to prevent the transmission of the virus to others.

Remember, this sudden ‘surge’ of cases happens shortly after the government’s new policy to allow the vaccinated to travel to the Yukon without quarantining. Vaccinated travellers are quite likely the source of the latest covid ‘surge’.

It is wrong to pressure us to take the covid vaccine to reach ‘herd immunity’, when in fact the vaccines don’t do that.

Blaming the unvaccinated for spreading the virus is creating harmful divisions among people. Those who don’t want the vaccine have good reasons. These are experimental injections that only have emergency authorization at this time, they’re not fully approved. There is evidence that all of these experimental covid vaccines have caused thousands of deaths around the world and severe, perhaps permanent, injuries. Brendan Hanley has a professional obligation to tell us about that, but has he?

And why aren’t reporters asking those questions?

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John on Jun 10, 2021 at 1:21 pm

We don't believe anything they say anymore. Kinda convenient that 3 people are supposedly hospitalized and conveniently not vaccinated when the push for vaccination has run out of viable options. Wouldn't doubt it's coercion. It's pretty obvious those who are not vaccinated chose not to do so for their own reasons, they are not putting anyone else at risk so instead of playing silly games, just move on. it's very obvious that any sanctions or restrictions against those who chose not to vaccinate will end up in court and the likelihood of clear outcomes for either side is dubious at best.

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Enough on Jun 10, 2021 at 1:15 pm

To those folks in the hospital, has the Ivermectin treatment for covid been mentioned to you? Medical doctors take an oath stating that they will provide full information of all the risks and benefits of all potential treatments, and let the patient choose.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that Ivermectin is a safe, cheap and effective prevention and treatment for covid. It acts as an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. Many countries around the world have begun to use Ivermectin for covid, but why not Canada?

Big pharma has tried to suppress Ivermectin, as it is cheap and it would undermine their vaccine mega-profits. Look up the website named “Frontline Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance” (a group of USA doctors), for a list of all the studies demonstrating the efficiency of Ivermectin for preventing and treating covid.

Let’s be thankful that many doctors will stand for what truly helps their patients and offer Ivermectin.

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Woodcutter on Jun 10, 2021 at 8:41 am

Opening the territory too early to appease the business community and being forced to use cell phone to purchase goods is not a socialist activity, it's a neoliberal response. Perhaps Nostradamus has crawled into a rabbit hole too deep?

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Chris Lane on Jun 10, 2021 at 7:30 am

Vaccines not been 100% effective is not news. It's in the order of 95% for all severities and very close to 100% for death prevention.
Do not panic nor shut everything down. These outbreaks will happen. Meanwhile get vaccinated and get on with life while exercising reasonable caution.

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DMZ on Jun 9, 2021 at 10:41 pm

But the rest of Canada is looking to us to show them the way! Do they know the vaccines aren't 100 percent effective and restrictions can't be lifted?

What a headline. You have to wonder if it's an inside joke. Or if Hanley and Silver are deliberately trying to undermine the vaccine program, even as they demonize those who are vaccine-hesitant. That would be a long game, indeed.

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Bandit on Jun 9, 2021 at 10:40 pm

One Yukon resident who is out-of-territory is included, although that person did not catch the virus here and will not return until recovered. That case is included in the case count regardless of that status.
This isn't the first reporting of these skewed stats, So Dr.(and I use that term loosely) Hanley and newly appointed Minister McPhee what are our OFFICIAL numbers and why the F*&^% is this person even included in our case counts other than probably more Federal $$$. Enough of the BS. Lets get back to business, this Territory can't survive any longer when the only people receiving a full paycheck are City or YTG employees.

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Charlie's Aunt on Jun 9, 2021 at 5:23 pm

Star did a nice alarm spin with headline. As others say, we already knew vaccine may not prevent infection but reduces severity. Hanley just says it is a sobering reminder, he doesn't say the cases show it isn't 100% effective. Those in hospital are stable & not in serious condition, so, why are they hospitalized? Something not right here when they are first to be hospitalized.

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Paula T on Jun 9, 2021 at 5:19 pm

Why do you lead a headline that vaccines aren’t 100% effective? Was there ever a time where we thought they were? Not ever. There has never been a claim that the vaccine is 100%. Just trying to be inflammatory. What’s more important to note, is that we have some Yukoners sick enough to be hospitalized . And the distinction that those who are hospitalized are unvaccinated. Sending prayers they recover.

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ladiesman217 on Jun 9, 2021 at 5:03 pm

They will look back and say "Wow, all these people on social media were aware of this yet nothing changed, why?"
"Because the government doesn't need to pay any attention to it. As long as the formal processes are played out as required there is no need to address the "electronic" will of the public..."
"Really, because Ladiesman217 made such a good point!"

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Okay, Nostradamus style --- on Jun 9, 2021 at 4:33 pm

"We opened up too early to appease the business community. Clearly this was a mistake. We will be going on full lockdown as the fourth wave has started." The goal in the end will be to shutter the private economy and make everyone dependent on major retailers. The addition will be the basic living "income." However, it will no longer be a cheque you receive. It will be a phone that has a certain amount of "credits" that can be used at participating businesses. I.E. "$50.00 for fuel from Petro Canada" (seen the recent commercials). "$100 for groceries at Superstore."

People with addictions/substance abuse will sell the credits for cash and be forced to receive less money for their problems. Ushering in the social/communist agenda! (This model is already in use in other countries).
Bye bye western democracy!

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Typical western mentality on Jun 9, 2021 at 4:19 pm

You gave a shot to people that reduces the effects of the symptoms. Typical western medicine. Address the symptoms not the cause.

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KC on Jun 9, 2021 at 4:13 pm

It is going to be an interesting year as the unvaccinated insist on their right to control their own bodies and the vaccinated grow frustrated that they are the reason for continued restrictions, and that they infect people who can't be vaccinated like the immunocompromised and children.

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JustSayin' on Jun 9, 2021 at 4:05 pm

If you don't get the vaccine, we will not reduce anymore restrictions. It's time to defenstrate the politicians.

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We already knew this. on Jun 9, 2021 at 3:28 pm

Why is this news? We knew the shots were not 100% effective from preventing you from getting COVID. They were meant to reduce your symptoms if you got COVID.

This is why I have been wondering how they can contact trace if the person who has COVID has no symptoms and therefore will not get tested. There is nowhere to trace it back to.

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Politico on Jun 9, 2021 at 2:49 pm

Yep, let's open up the territory and watch the case count climb.

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