Whitehorse Daily Star

Image title

Photo by Whitehorse Star

Victoria Gold Corp. President John McConnell, the

Four mine workers test positive for COVID-19

The Eagle gold mine near Mayo has four workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 as case numbers mount in the Yukon, especially in Whitehorse.

By Tim Giilck on October 7, 2021

Revised - The Eagle gold mine near Mayo has four workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 as case numbers mount in the Yukon, especially in Whitehorse.

John McConnell, the president of Victoria Gold Corp., told the Star Thursday that one worker had been exhibiting flu-like symptoms after a changeover of workers recently.

The employee was tested, and the results indicated he had the virus.

Contact tracing was carried out, and three other workers who had been in contact with the ill person tested positive for the infection, but are asymptomatic.

McConnell said the results, as a matter of protocol, were tested several times, with confirmation coming Wednesday evening.

He said he hasn’t been told what variant the workers were diagnosed with, but suspect it’s the Delta variant, which is now spreading through the territory.

All are in isolation, as per the company’s protocols for dealing with COVID-19.

Approximately 30 workers were tested.

Two of the people are from Whitehorse, and one is from Dawson City. The fourth is from the south, McConnell said.

Two of the workers were fully vaccinated, and one was partially vaccinated. The fourth was unvaccinated.

Meanwhile, public health officials are reporting 15 new confirmed cases of COVID from noon Monday to noon Wednesday.

One of the new cases is in Watson Lake and 14 are in Whitehorse.

The number of active cases is currently 40.

Earlier this week, public health officials said both the Gamma and the Delta versions of the virus are circulating in the Yukon, particularly in the south.

No figures were provided on the number of the highly-infectious Delta infections.

“What I can tell you is that that the majority of cases in September were Delta,” Pat Living, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Services, said Thursday.

“I have nothing yet for October as it can take two to four weeks to do the genome sequencing to determine variant.”

Dr. Catherine Elliott, the acting chief medical officer of health, has issued several public exposure notices this week. They include the Airport Chalet restaurant and lounge between 1:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. last Saturday, and between 1:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. last Sunday.

Anyone at this location on either of these dates is asked to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, through to Oct. 17 inclusive, and to arrange for testing if they do develop any symptoms, no matter how mild.

An exposure notice was also issued to students and staff in a Grades 4/5/6 split at Elijah Smith School for Oct. 1. Yukon Communicable Disease Control has issued specific information to those affected.

If symptoms appear, self-isolate, remain at home and arrange to get tested either by calling 393-3083 or booking a test online.

Rural Yukon residents should contact their community health centre to arrange for testing.

On Wednesday afternoon, Elliott issued an alert for a flight last Sunday between Whitehorse and Vancouver: Air Canada flight 276, leaving at 9:50 a.m., arriving at 12:12 p.m.

“Anyone on this flight is asked to monitor for symptoms through to October 17 inclusive and get tested if they to develop any symptoms, no matter how mild,” Elliott said.

Comments (9)

Up 29 Down 27

Jess on Oct 9, 2021 at 9:10 am

It’s so sad that the majority of people who support vaccine feels they are entitled and almost given permission to bash and trash talk the minority of those who have made a personal choice-for whatever reason- not to take a vax. Science is all over the place, sure we have strong belief that at this time vax reduces severity, short term fix but no long term conclusions. Minority is being discriminated against in a country which is supposed to be respectful of minorities. Shame shame. Oh well when Trudeau tattoos barcodes on your forehead to make it easier to read you’ll look back and understand .

Up 19 Down 26

Himbo on Oct 8, 2021 at 1:14 pm

So when I got vaccinated I asked the nurse several questions, one of them being that they claim the vaccine is 95% effective against having serious problems or symptoms If you get Covid. So I asked who was tested to come up with a 95% effectiveness and they said, oh everyone - a combination of adults, teens and old people and I immediately said, excuse me why would you test healthy adults and add that to the mix? So that means 95% effective includes healthy adults who already have a high chance of not getting seriously ill, so the effectiveness is not a true gauge because it includes healthy adults who aren’t gonna get sick to begin with.
In order to get a real scale, you have to only test sick elderly and people who are almost certain to get seriously sick if they get Covid.

Up 47 Down 27

BnR on Oct 8, 2021 at 12:01 pm

North_of, most rational, intelligent people do NOT think that being vaccinated is 100% protection against anything, just as wearing a seat belt is not 100% protection against injury or death. That being said, vaccines and seatbelts sure improve the odds. Only wing-nut conspiracy theorists hold your point of view.

Up 30 Down 27

ric on Oct 8, 2021 at 10:05 am

Hmmmm...Mike doesn't want to get vaccinated. Aw gee. Probably nothing will convince Mike otherwise, right Mike? You just don't believe that hospitalizations and deaths are by FAR greater among the unvaccinated. Well Mike, Alaska and Idaho are full of folks like you. Why not move there? You'll fit right in.

Up 26 Down 25

concerned on Oct 8, 2021 at 7:56 am

You're correct Mike - unfortunately, the majority of the general populace would rather put a thumbs down on your comment than take the time and effort into doing any research of their own into why your comment is accurate. To take the time and find out that there are studies that show the difference between 'relative reduction risk,' and 'absolute reduction risk.' Absolute risk to put it simply meaning "real world." The studies for these shots have shown that those who have taken the shot still have a 99% risk of being infected by the virus they think the jab is protecting them from. That's the absolute risk. But please. Don't do any research. Put a thumbs down instead and continue to listen to those who have an obscene conflict of interest in regards to monetary profit alone to keep plunging these jabs into arms.

Up 29 Down 32

Max Mack on Oct 8, 2021 at 6:38 am


Yes. The angry mobs are willing to force you to get the jab even though it is abundantly clear that vaccination does not prevent transmission.
Vaccine mandates and passports are NOT about public health.

Up 30 Down 28

bonanzajoe on Oct 7, 2021 at 8:55 pm

It's been proven now that those who haven't been vaccinated and recover from the virus have 13 times more immunity to the virus next time than those that have been vaccinated.

Up 31 Down 24

North_of_60 on Oct 7, 2021 at 5:41 pm

Most people believe "vaccinated" means protected against getting and transmitting a disease, like with real vaccines for polio, diphtheria, small-pox, tetanus, etc...
However this government and their media lapdogs refuse to tell the public that their belief is not true. Medical science and evidence from around the world shows that so-called "C0vid vaccines" don't provide that protection and the vaccinated can still catch and transmit the virus. The only difference is the vaxzine might make them less likely to be killed by C0vid like 99.6% of the population already is naturally.
It will be interesting to see how many deny these facts with 'thumbs-down'.

Up 62 Down 86

Mike on Oct 7, 2021 at 3:54 pm

So fully vaccinated, still not protected but force everyone else to get the vaccine so they cannot be protected as well. Hmmm - in fact fully vaccinated people infect as many people as the unvaccinated people.

Add your comments or reply via Twitter @whitehorsestar

In order to encourage thoughtful and responsible discussion, website comments will not be visible until a moderator approves them. Please add comments judiciously and refrain from maligning any individual or institution. Read about our user comment and privacy policies.

Your name and email address are required before your comment is posted. Otherwise, your comment will not be posted.