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Dr. Brendan Hanley

Latest virus case brings Yukon’s total to 26

The Yukon’s chief medical officer of Yukon, Dr. Brendan Hanley, confirmed a new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the territory’s case total to 26.

By John Tonin on November 19, 2020

The Yukon’s chief medical officer of Yukon, Dr. Brendan Hanley, confirmed a new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the territory’s case total to 26.

Both Hanley and Premier Sandy Silver addressed the new positive test at Thursday’s COVID-19 press briefing.

An investigation into the original source of exposure for this case is ongoing. Yukon Communicable Disease Control is leading this work and has been actively reaching out to all contacts.

“Our latest case number 26 had a number of public exposures in addition to numerous household contacts,” said Hanley. “This individual did not travel outside the territory and the source of infection has yet to be identified.

“In this case, we are again pleased that this individual did self-isolate and sought testing as soon as symptoms occurred. Contract tracing, clearly, is continuing.”

Public exposure notices have been issued for the following locations:

– Starbucks, Main Street, Whitehorse, Thursday, November 12 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, November 13 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

– Starbucks, Chilkoot Way, Whitehorse, Saturday, November 14 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

– Better Bodies, Whitehorse, Thursday, November 12 between 6:30 p.m. and closing Friday, November 13 between 6:30 p.m. and closing

– Diwali Festival, 120 Copper Road Whitehorse on Saturday, November 14, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

– Giorgio’s Cuccina, Whitehorse on Saturday, November 14, between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

– Tony’s Pasta and Seafood House in the SKKY hotel, on the Alaska Highway, Whitehorse on Saturday, November 14 between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

“For those who were at any of the mentioned locations, I ask that you please monitor for symptoms and if you are experiencing symptoms, you must stay home and arrange for testing immediately,” said Hanley.

“If you do go to get tested for symptoms, please mention the exposure location you were at.

“For the rest of us, it is important to reiterate, even more as we see rising cases, the importance it is to stay home and self-isolate and arrange for testing when you are feeling sick.”

Silver told Tuesday’s COVID-19 press briefing that the second wave is already affecting the Yukon and is at our doorstep. Hanley said he and his team knew it was coming and have been preparing for it.

“What we do from here though is definitely up to us. We should remember that there is so much that is in our control,” said Hanley.

“Follow the safe six, be patient, and stay calm.”

Silver said of the new positive case and the public notification that it’s not time for people to worry.

“I do want to say, now is not the time to panic. Public notification means that individuals that may have been in certain areas should self-monitor for symptoms,” said Silver.

“It doesn’t mean that the businesses or other facilities have done anything wrong or that there is any danger in any of these locations. I want everyone to stay vigilant and to stay calm.

“There is no need to go emptying grocery store shelves either.

“There is no need to spread rumours or misinformation about what is happening. Our health care system remains very well prepared for COVID-19 cases in the territory, including our capacity for testing and contact tracing.”

Silver said it is important that Yukoners remain vigilant.

“Yukoners: we are at a turning point,” he said.

“It is time to reset and collectively renew our commitment to practising the safe-six steps and staying safe. It’s not just doing it for yourself.”

The safe six are: keep your distance; keep your hands clean; Feel sick? Stay home; Avoid crowds; Travel with respect; and Self-isolate if necessary.

The symptoms that occur with COVID-19 are: fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle aches.

Comments (10)

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Why an outbreak just now? on Nov 23, 2020 at 10:22 am

How is it possible that we had ZERO cases back in March before we were shut down (when no precautions were followed) and now we have an outbreak when we were only minimally bubbled? That's when there was still world traveling going on and WAY more exposure than now.

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TheHammer on Nov 20, 2020 at 7:09 pm

People excising in keep fit centers don't wear masks, and the amount of huffing and puffing in a closed space is a worst case scenario. People in coffee shops and restaurants don't wear masks. People at festivals where being seen, and communicating and celebrating in close quarters don't wear masks or socially distance. Three worse case scenario locations all attended by a carrier of COVID.

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TheHammer on Nov 20, 2020 at 3:40 pm

The information on positive cases is too sketchy. We need a bigger picture, more details, there's an element of secrecy. It doesn't help to convince people to take precautions, people are locked into habits, they don't read all the news on a broad international basis, or even the local papers, they are not well informed.

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Masker on Nov 20, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Masks are not recommended to protect the wearer; they are intended and have been proven to protect others if the wearer is infected. Countless studies and meta studies support this. The official statement in Canada is "Well-designed and well-fitting masks or face coverings *can* prevent the spread of your infectious respiratory droplets. They *may* also help protect you from the infectious respiratory droplets of others." (emphasis added) Carefully note the distinction in the terms CAN and MAY, which have specific and different meanings. Since most armchair doctors like to try to use common sense rather than evidence, consider the following: If you were speaking to someone and they sneezed in your face, would you rather have them wearing a mask or not?

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Wilf Carter on Nov 19, 2020 at 9:05 pm

11,000 Canadians have died from this virus that was created in China.

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My Opinion on Nov 19, 2020 at 5:40 pm

Do they proof read these releases? Two Restaurants at exactly the same time. Makes no sense.

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JohnW on Nov 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm

It's important that the guidelines DO NOT recommend masks.
The safe six are: keep your distance; keep your hands clean; Feel sick? Stay home; Avoid crowds; Travel with respect; and Self-isolate if necessary.

A newly released study in the academic journal Annals of Internal Medicine casts more doubt on policies that force healthy individuals to wear face coverings in hopes of limiting the spread of COVID-19.

“Researchers in Denmark reported on Wednesday that surgical masks did not protect the wearers against infection with the coronavirus in a large randomized clinical trial,” the New York Times reports.
The study is perhaps the best scientific evidence to date on the efficacy of masks.

https://fee.org/articles/new-danish-study-finds-masks-don-t-protect-wearers-from-covid-infection/

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Totally miffed on Nov 19, 2020 at 4:10 pm

When the rest of the world is lauding mask wearing as the best line of defense against the corona virus why do our top marshals of delivering covid updates continually fail to mention the wearing of masks for spread protection?
The haloed safe six does not even have the wearing of face masks listed.
I question this leadership.

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martin on Nov 19, 2020 at 4:02 pm

One thing appears to me; this individual has money. Just look at the places he/she frequents.

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North_of_60 on Nov 19, 2020 at 2:32 pm

It's notably important that wearing masks is not one of the Safe Six guidelines.
Wearing masks often increases infection rates. The vast majority of nonthinking people believe masks protect them so they ignore inconvenient hand hygiene, fiddle with their mask, transfer viral contamination to the mask and breathe it in.
CDC Study Finds Majority of People Getting Covid Infections Wore Masks.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6936a5-H.pdf

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