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Dr. Brendan Hanley

Exposure alerts out as COVID cases climb to 46

Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, confirmed one new case of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the territory’s total to 46 cases.

By Whitehorse Star on November 30, 2020

Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, confirmed one new case of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the territory’s total to 46 cases.

There are currently 16 active cases in Yukon.

Meanwhile, exposure alerts have been issued for several local businesses and for Whitehorse Transit.

The latest COVID case is in Whitehorse, and is currently under investigation.

A public exposure notification has been issued for Baked Café & Bakery for Nov. 21 between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

If you are experiencing any symptoms and were at this location, self-isolate immediately and call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 393-3083 to arrange for testing, or drop in at the drive-through testing centre at Centennial Motors on the Alaska Highway across from the airport.

If you are outside of Whitehorse but were at the location on the indicated date and time, contact your rural community health centre.

Due to a high volume of calls, you may be require to leave a phone number. If you do not receive a call within 24 hours, call back.

If you are waiting for test results, you must self-isolate until you receive your results.

If you were in contact with anyone who was at a location listed in the public exposure notices, you are a secondary contact.

In this situation, it is always wise to monitor yourself for symptoms but you do not need to self-isolate.

If you are not notified and do not have symptoms, you may continue usual daily activities, while always following the safe six, plus one (wear a mask).

Before issuing Sunday’s update, on Friday afternoon, Hanley had confirmed three other cases of COVID-19 in Whitehorse. All remain under investigation.

Cases 43 and 44 are linked to a known case in Whitehorse. Case 45 is linked to travel outside Yukon.

Additional public exposure notifications were issued for:

• Better Bodies, Nov. 1-18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.;

• Canada Games Centre, in the Wellness Room, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to noon; and

• Sakura Sushi, Nov. 20, 5 p.m. to closing time.

The Wellness Centre is closed, the city said Friday evening, and all fitness classes have been cancelled until further notice.

The city said Dr. Catherine Elliott, the deputy chief medical officer of health, has advised that the Canada Games Centre should not be closed at this time.

She advises there is no indication that anyone at the centre has been infected with COVID-19.

She recommends that patrons follow COVID-19 protocols in place at the facility.

Exposure notices were also issued for Whitehorse Transit, Nov.18:
• Route #2 from Copper Ridge to Second Avenue between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.;
• Route #2 from Second Avenue to Copper ridge between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Nov. 19;
• Route #2 from Copper Ridge to Second Avenue between the times of 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ;
• Route #5 from Second Avenue to Range Road between 7:30 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.;
• Route #2 from Second Avenue to Copper Ridge between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Mask-wearing will be compulsory in public spaces beginning Tuesday.

Anyone who is experiencing any symptoms is asked to self-isolate and arrange for testing immediately.

“The Government of Yukon encourages Yukoners to remain calm and continue to follow the safe six and wear a mask when required,” the government said.

“Please be patient and kind to one another.”

Meanwhile, Nunavut is to start lifting a two-week lockdown on Wednesday as more people infected with COVID-19 recover.

The lockdown that shuttered all schools and non-essential businesses was put in place on Nov. 18 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that first appeared in the territory early this month.

Dr. Michael Patterson, chief public health officer, says 73 people have recovered from COVID-19 and 108 cases remain active.

Patterson says only Arviat, which has 86 active cases, will remain in lockdown for at least another two weeks and travel to the community will still be restricted.

In all other parts of the territory, schools can open part time.

Patterson warns that if another outbreak occurs, restrictions will be reintroduced.

Four new cases were reported today to bring Nunavut’s total to 181.

With a file from The Canadian Press.

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Comments (18)

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sacallison on Dec 6, 2020 at 7:52 pm

Here we go again with all the STUPID comments! Communism??!! really??!! wow are you people out to lunch! The mask is for YOUR @#!@@?&%!! protection.
Do you wear a seat belt in your car? Do you wear a helmet when driving a motorcycle? That's law, for your own protection, is that communist??!!! How about a speed limit, is that communist? All you people complaining should give your stupid head a shake!!!!! Our whole society runs because there are issues that we all believe are important for the greater good! When the adults start acting like spoiled children we are ALL in trouble!!!!

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TheHammer on Dec 4, 2020 at 5:56 pm

There's a consistent emerging pattern, 'Outside Travel.'

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Josey Wales on Dec 1, 2020 at 7:29 pm

Oh yeah JC...you and those many other thousands standing guard never failed.
Our leaders did, years back they would call it treason.
Now they call it progressive, global partners...I prefer treason.

Treason.... noun
the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.

Here we have our government attempting to kill our "sovereign"
In my example the sovereign is us, as individuals in charge of ourselves in thee most supreme way. No reference to any kings nor queens I swore no oaths to, my first world freedoms do not require a collective or state permission to be.

...you and others did not fail, your leaders sold your "service to our nation" to the global market of despots.
Slaves now are chained with debt, many tow the line for the very engineers of this "great reset" .
Again JC thank you for your service.

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Juniper Jackson on Dec 1, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Off topic, I know..but I want to say this anyway...

JC, and any others that have served. I belong to the Legion, and I know many. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. The one or two, that I know really well still suffer from things they have seen and carry a huge burden for what was requested that they do. I am so sorry.

Canada, and the south 48 were protected from blood on our streets, our buildings still stand, our children? The only thing they have to worry about it does the mask fit. Put into context.. I am so GD lucky that our armed services are there. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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North_of_60 on Dec 1, 2020 at 4:51 pm

BB is correct. Obesity is the common factor in nearly all Covid cases and especially deaths. The more overweight you are the more likely you will catch Covid and the more serious it will be when you do get it. Vitamin D deficiency is another common factor in Covid infections and other influenzas.

It's sadly ironic and quite disappointing that our Public Health officials are not focused on healthy living recommendations instead of trying to scare people into wearing unhealthy masks.

Politicians are light on facts but heavy on fearmongering and restrictions

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Josey Wales on Dec 1, 2020 at 4:25 pm

Hey JC...1st...thank you for your service.
2nd, I am a cold war DND kid and I remember the fear tactics used well.
Along the same lines as your point, built the DEW line, signed onto NORAD to keep commies out too?
Funny that via Universities, colleges and public school the commies still had a voice. Now it seems being a actual commie is fashionable, state funded too.

I do object to you "self censoring" however as it suggests defeat.
I do not read defeat in JC's comments and discourage defeat via self censoring.
Please JC freely express yourself, then leave that concern to moderator/host.

Example...given the state of my country Canada, the "root cause" AND origins of said epic dysfunction falling directly on the Lispy lady boys Papa as you duly noted...

OJW PSA...fear is the tool, debts are the chains of slavery via tyranny...ALL by design.
Too bad the internet was not around in 1920s Germany, we could visit all the comments as the crazy Austrian climbed to power...
Or when Stalin, the KING of cancel culture smothered/purged his subjects...
I suspect their were many Karenskiz "aiding" the state in seeking dissenters, Jews and others deemed not on board.

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BB on Dec 1, 2020 at 1:19 pm

46 cases. 16 active, one deceased. 29 of 30 got better all on their own. If this pattern holds going forward, 15 of this 16 will be fine, and one has a 50/50 chance of dying if they have significant underlying health conditions.

I would not want to hear about a bus crash where one of the 16 passengers died, so it is to be taken seriously.
The biggest thing we can do to prevent covid deaths however, or one of the biggest things, is never talked about. Get some good exercise and fresh air, eat healthy. Lose weight if you are obese. Eat healthy food. A lot of the outcome is in your control.

Fruit Loops and pop are killing more people than covid is, but we are not clearing the shelves of the grocery stores of food that causes deadly diseases. I'd be a lot more on board if I saw changes like that going on rather than healthy young people being asked to stop their lives, and taken on enormous debt so that the few with diseases (largely lifestyle choice diseases), and old age can be 'safe'. What a world we live in.

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JC on Dec 1, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Josey and Juniper: And to think I spent 3 1/3 years serving in W. Germany in the late 50s and early 60s - and many thousands of others - to keep communism out of a Canada and the whole western world. Looks like we failed. Pierre Trudeau - a confessed member of the Communist Party of Canada became Prime Minister with the Liberal Party of Canada and started the ball rolling to turn Canada into a communist state. Now, his son is Prime Minister. What is he trying to do to our once free and democratic nation? Actually I know, but don't want to say. Don't want to have my comment taken off.

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Josey Wales on Dec 1, 2020 at 12:07 pm

June...it goes- A communist is just a socialist that really REALLY means it.
carry on please.

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JC on Dec 1, 2020 at 11:02 am

Now lets talk about this covid thing. First, how many cases of flu were recorded since this virus came in? How about other deadly diseases? I haven't heard of any since covid came in. And only one covid death. How many died from other respiratory illness that weren't connected to covid? So, covid is the new bully on the block these days. And how about Dr. Hanley telling us about some of the cures for covid that has been developed. He is a doctor for crying out loud and should know these things. Nothing, absolutely nothing. There are treatments for covid. How many people know this? Very few I'm sure. So, it's better to scare the citizens to control them. Dr. Hanley and Premier Silvers, stop scaring people and give us some hope. There is hope for this covid thing and if you don't know about it then please shut up and let us get on with our lives with some joy and dignity. I personally am getting sick and tired of your negative daily reports.

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JC on Dec 1, 2020 at 10:52 am

"Shut down the state broacaster"? Hoping, hoping. I kicked CBC out of my life 21 years ago.

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Juniper Jackson on Dec 1, 2020 at 9:09 am

I am not sure why so many people are buying into the mass hysteria. I know a well balanced senior that doesn't see anyone, 'it's just too dangerous' and has her groceries delivered. So many people of all ages, have just stopped living. Too many drinking too much, drugs, they don't think they have stopped living. They think it's cool.. get money to sit in front of the TV all day. Take the garbage out. Some are actually relieved that they don't have to go out for supper, Christmas, put up with relatives, do any cooking.

It was a huge revaluation about survival, that when covid hit, people's emergency response was to buy toilet paper. I'm way old.. and never held a gun in my life.. but that was MY first response.. bullets and a rifle..yeah..like I was going to go out and hunt for myself. And the paper isles are STILL empty by the weekend.

Socialism is communism. Governments have rebranded communism to make it more palatable to the citizenry, but it's still communism. Theoretically, communism should have worked. The one piece that was left out? Who is going to pay the bills?

Here's MY conspiracy theory. I think Xi Jinping is the most brutal dictator of our time. I think he wants a war. I think Trudeau and Biden will align with China, maybe Germany and France too. Australia will lead the opposers. I do not think it was planned, but i think, somehow, covid will be the kingpin.

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Charles Bronson on Dec 1, 2020 at 9:06 am

Matthew, are you American? We are not entering a socialist state, we are protecting the most vulnerable by adhering to the safety measures. Socialist State...crazy.

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NickyB on Nov 30, 2020 at 5:14 pm

WE are NOT "all in this together"!!
Politicians and local officials have not given up one paycheck. They have not lost their homes or businesses. They have not laid awake all night wondering how they will feed their families or pay their bills. As they continue to enforce their unrealistic restrictions not one of of them is suffering from their own decisions.
They are not now.... AND NEVER WILL BE...any part of the "WE" in this.!!!!'

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martin on Nov 30, 2020 at 5:12 pm

Dr Brennan should follow Ontario's policies and if we have Covid cases in the schools; the community should know.

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JohnW on Nov 30, 2020 at 5:07 pm

Politicians are light on facts but heavy on fear mongering and restrictions.

Fear is a dangerous emotion to play around with. What started as fear of the virus back in March has evolved for our leaders into fear of telling voters the truth. Politicians ratcheted up the fear to get everyone on board with lockdown measures eight months ago, and now they use fear to maintain these measures in place. Supposedly temporary measures (do you remember “flattening the curve”?) seem to have become permanent restrictions on our Charter freedoms to move, travel, assemble, associate and worship.


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Josey Wales on Nov 30, 2020 at 3:34 pm

hmmm...At Baked eh? There goes a super spread as the CBC loves to hang out there. ya know get the average Liberal opinion at an echo chamber.
This outta shut down the "state broadcaster".

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Matthew on Nov 30, 2020 at 2:59 pm

I have a question for Dr.Hanley.. out of your many years of schooling, how many hours were spent on nutrition? Or were you only taught to fight disease with man made chemicals aka drugs? We are entering a socialist state tomorrow.. get ready to see the ugly side of people like you've never seen before!

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