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Dr. Catherine Elliott

COVID-19 claims third Yukoner’s life

Details are sparse, but a third Yukoner has succumbed to a COVID-19 infection.

By Whitehorse Star on June 15, 2021

Details are sparse, but a third Yukoner has succumbed to a COVID-19 infection.

Dr. Catherine Elliott, the Yukon’s acting chief medical officer of health announced the death late Monday afternoon.

According to a news release, the Whitehorse resident was linked to a previous case and was unvaccinated.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of this individual,” Elliott said.

“Out of respect, we will not be releasing any additional information.”

The release stated that since Sunday, there are five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Yukon. The territory’s total case count is 107.

Cases 105 to 107 are linked to the current outbreak.

Of the five cases most recently announced, three are in Whitehorse and two in communities.

One is a student at Elijah Smith Elementary School in Whitehorse. Parents are being informed by Elliott and the Department of Education. The school year ended last Friday.

Two of these cases are out-of-territory residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in the Yukon. They are included in the territory’s active case count, but not the total case count.

The release said it’s expected that all cases will be the Gamma variant of concern.

All cases are self-isolating and recovering. Three previous cases have recovered.

There are no public exposure notices; however, any person who is unvaccinated and not following the Safe 6 plus 1 is considered to be at risk of contracting COVID-19 and should monitor for symptoms.

With the current active cases in Yukon, testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever to identify possible community spread, health officials point out.

People who are vaccinated may acquire COVID-19 in rare circumstances and should seek testing if symptoms develop.

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 393-3083 or book online to arrange for testing at https://book-covid-19-test.service.yukon.ca/en/.

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre.

Everyone should follow the Safe 6 plus 1 (plus 1 means wear a mask) at: http://practisesafe6.ca

Anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms should self-isolate and arrange to be tested immediately:

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • loss of sense of taste or smell
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • muscle aches.

Comments (24)

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moe on Jun 17, 2021 at 2:40 pm

Silvester, I don't give a crap if you get vaccinated or not. Good for you. In all likelihood, eventually you will come across the virus and will get immunity after contracting covid. That works too. I am not worried because I have both my vaccines. Holding your breath until mommy gives you back your gun rights isn't going to work.

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definition of vaccinated on Jun 16, 2021 at 3:24 pm

Fully-vaccinated = 2 doses, and more than 2 weeks has passed since 2nd dose.
Partially-vaccinated - 1 dose, or 2 doses but less than 2 weeks has passed since 2nd dose.
Not vaccinated/un-vaccinated - no doses
This was from a letter sent regarding latest cases at schools. I've asked the folks at the centre to make this definition more obvious on their website.

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bannock on Jun 16, 2021 at 3:07 pm

She was 80 yrs old and left at home while her son was sent down south for treatment. Seems odd, doesn't it?

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Ummm you were called prior to your change in regulations on Jun 16, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Notice how this huge increase happened after you stopped mandatory isolation for people travelling from outside the Yukon?
There is a glut of people coming from outside that don't give a sh*t about any of the protocols and believe they are invincible because of the vaccine.

Stupid isn't even strong enough of a word. Why in god's name did you allow people from Alberta, B.C., or anywhere in Canada to travel through high exposure areas and come here with no requirement to self isolate?
I'm not even a doctor and I can explain how stupid that is!!

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Silvester on Jun 16, 2021 at 2:27 pm

I will not be getting vaccinated until the federal govt releases a mandatory opening date, restores all my firearms rights, and restores free speech by scrapping C-10.

After those conditions are met, i will consider vaccination.
If they are not met, I will never vaccinate.

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Ali on Jun 16, 2021 at 2:16 pm

45,000 "yukoners" since when? I am shocked, shocked to my core talking about diseases.

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john on Jun 16, 2021 at 10:27 am

It's awful that they release small pieces of information and allow the general public to formulate its own conclusions. The public has a right to know way more about what's going on . Unfortunately, all we are getting is coercion based releases to force those who have chosen not to risk a vaccine until more more is known about the possible long term effects. It's terrible that society accepts second hand cigarette smoke, tainted food sources, cancer causing substances ( alcohol, tobacco, vape etc.), and yet so much disrespect for those who choose not to vaccinated for their own reasons. What a messed up media led society we live in.

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free speech on Jun 16, 2021 at 9:12 am

Sad to see every single loss but check your little panic button!
33 active cases on 45.000 Yukoners.... calculate.....got it? hope you can calculate?
it is 0,08% actual cases...... and see what this world has turned too....think!

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Morning Jay on Jun 16, 2021 at 8:09 am

She is from the UK. and appointed by Ottawa to be our Public Health people.

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yukoner on Jun 16, 2021 at 6:33 am

Considering what everyone went through for the past 18 months, more details are required about this death. I respect this person's right to privacy, however, extraordinary measures have been undertaken in the name of covid and we certainly need to know more information around this person's death. It makes a difference for everyone. The public deserves more information.

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iBrian on Jun 16, 2021 at 5:07 am

@ At home in the Yukon

Go fly a kite! It’s been proven already that even with the injection “Vaccination” that you can contract and transmit this Covid. So the whole BS about love thy neighbor, stuff it.
You have a test on life, and you score 99%, there's a bonus question worth 1% and if you get it right you score 100%. If you get it wrong you fail (die). Would you take that bonus question?

Because theirs a 99% chance you will live if you catch Covid. I am just getting my taste buds back after almost a year. So, aside from building a natural immunity, why should I, a person who doesn’t even get flu shots, need to get this one?

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Skeptical on Jun 15, 2021 at 7:27 pm

This outbreak isn't ideal but we ought to maintain some perspective here. Kids and teenagers are extremely unlikely to have severe symptoms, most adults who are unvaccinated have made their own bed and can lie in it, and those who catch COVID despite being vaccinated will likely develop a mild case (and will be even more immune afterwards). The only real victims here are people who can't get vaccinated for whatever reason who will have to continue to be careful. If you are vaccinated and reverting to a heightened level of caution because of this... well... you are going to be living like this for a long time because this isn't going away. Isolate the infected and their contacts and carry on. No reason to reintroduce restrictions.

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sorry what? on Jun 15, 2021 at 6:35 pm

"however, any person who is unvaccinated and not following the Safe 6 plus 1 is considered to be at risk of contracting COVID-19 and should monitor for symptoms."

But any person who is vaccinated and is following the safe 6 plus 1 is ALSO at risk of contracting COVID 19. Why are you lying to us?

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Max Mack on Jun 15, 2021 at 6:17 pm

The refusal to report details makes me very suspicious that this person did not die OF covid, but rather WITH covid.
The headline and introductory sentence are both potentially very misleading. All we know is that this person died with a positive PCR test. (Or, was it a presumptive case?)

Whether the person was unvaccinated or not is irrelevant to the subsequent death. Or, will Hanley and Elliott also count those that died after vaccination as having died due to the vaccination?
Gotta keep that fear porn rolling.

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since you asked on Jun 15, 2021 at 6:15 pm

Casa Loma: Dr. Elliot is one of the TWO doctors in this territory receiving $727,000 a year to be a chief medical officer. It is absolute insanity. A territory of 40,000 has the two highest paid cmo's in the country, and yes, two of them, not one. Don't believe me? Look it up in YG contracts. It's available online and you can tailor your search by limiting it to contracts of that value. (I might be off by a bit, going by memory, so make it 700,000 to 750,000).

They are collectively being paid $350 for each person in the territory. That's close to the cost of a gym membership. Ie, it's significant.

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Clayton on Jun 15, 2021 at 5:53 pm

One guy (you know who you are) who knew he was sick kept going out not thinking of other people (didn't get vaccinated or tested even as others urged him to do so) and now one person is dead, a kid is sick and other are sick.

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george on Jun 15, 2021 at 5:24 pm

@ at home in the Yukon said "All of us who refuse to be vaccinated are complicit in this and other COVID deaths". How can you even say something like that with all the emotional health issues this scamdemic has created? You should be ashamed of yourself. The only complicity is those who ignore safety standards regardless of vaccinated or not. I've seen many " vaccinated" crews face to face and totally thinking they're bullet proof because they got a vaccine that reduces severity of illness.

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bonanzajoe on Jun 15, 2021 at 5:17 pm

Mathew, no point in trying to make sense to people about this plandemic. I tried. People are being willingly programed for the 1984 syndrome. "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself". Move on folks and enjoy your life. Don't let anybody scare you out of your desire to be free and happy.

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Casa loma on Jun 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm

Oh where is Hanley. On vacation? Never seen her around before - is she from Ontario?

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Matthew on Jun 15, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Still.. more dead from over doses and bad drugs than covid.. that's a fact! Truth is, Covid isn't nearly as deadly as they thought it was going to be, admit the mistake and move on. The millions of pounds of carcinogenic chemicals being sprayed all over our foods really show that the gov cares and has always cared about your health..

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DL on Jun 15, 2021 at 3:34 pm

I'm sorry for the unfortunate death. But out of respect for this community, you must give us a lot more information. See, you've put us under great duress with covid restrictions and risky experimental covid injections. So, as per your medical oath, you must tell us the level of risks involved with particular situations. Such information can be released while respecting patient's confidentiality.

What was the age of the person who died, and did they have any other pre-existing conditions?
What do you mean by unvaccinated? Apparently those who have received only the first jab are considered unvaccinated? Or even those who have received the two jabs, but havn't reached the 14 days completion period for effectiveness?

Doctors' credibility is on the line here, especially when the two previous deaths that you labelled as 'covid' obviously died of other pre-existing conditions.

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so sorry to hear this on Jun 15, 2021 at 3:06 pm

I believe this person was one of the patients sent to hospital in BC last week. My condolences to his friends and family, and sincere hopes that there will be no more deaths.

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Wilf Carter on Jun 15, 2021 at 2:39 pm

There still are people coming in here that are not vaccinated and do not go into 14 days to safe guard Yukoners from the virus. More needs to be done by the general public if they know of people doing this or if they see or here of this taking place. $650 fine is not enough - and do they pay it is another question or just up and leave because they don't live here?

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At home in the Yukon on Jun 15, 2021 at 2:28 pm

A sorrowful loss. Please folks 12 and over -- get ye vaccinated. If you choose not to for yourself, then think of others. All of us who refuse to be vaccinated are complicit in this and other COVID deaths.

I point specifically to Christians, the second great commandment is "love your neighbour". Refusing to be vaccinated just to be "independent" is the antithesis of loving your neighbour.

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