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Dr. Brendan Hanley

Six new COVID cases reported

There were six new cases of COVID-19 in the Yukon as of Wednesday afternoon.

By Whitehorse Star on July 15, 2021

There were six new cases of COVID-19 in the Yukon as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, reported the numbers. They bring the active case count to 81. 

The Yukon has had 420 cases since June 1, including out-of-territory residents diagnosed in the territory and probable cases.

For the new cases since noon Tuesday, there are five cases in Whitehorse and one in a rural community

Since June 1, 335 individuals have recovered and there have been four deaths. There has been a total of six deaths since November 2020.

“With the daycare outbreak now under control and most cases recovered, the CMOH is advising that as of Monday, July 19, daycares and day homes can welcome back all children and not just those of essential and critical workers,” the government said in a statement.

Child care workers are still required to wear a mask.

In addition, based on risk and where risk has been identified, sizes for organized gatherings may return to the May 25 levels of 200 indoors and 200 outdoors, provided physical distancing is maintained and masks are worn indoors.

Sizes for informal social gatherings may return to limits of 20 indoors and 50 outdoors if everyone is vaccinated. At events where individuals are unvaccinated, Hanley is still recommending that participants “stick to six.”

Hanley is advising people to assume that COVID-19 is widespread, and act accordingly. Anyone experiencing any of the symptoms, even mild, should get tested.

“Testing for COVID-19 infection is more important than ever,” the government said.

“People who are vaccinated may also rarely acquire COVID-19 and should seek testing if symptoms develop.

“Testing turn-around times remain very quick, 24 hours in the previous week, and negative results can now be accessed online for faster access to results.”

Anyone experiencing symptoms in Whitehorse should call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 393-3083 or book online to arrange for testing.

Drive-up testing is available at the centre from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily at 49A Waterfront Place.

People in communities should contact their rural community health centre to arrange for testing.

Comments (10)

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Juniper Jackson on Jul 21, 2021 at 4:30 pm

Hi, Juniper Say What. No..he did not say, 'this is my personal agenda'. He said we should be masked all the time like the Asian's. That's a personal agenda. However. The Asian's are not masked because of virus. Nor are they masked all the time. San Francisco also masks, depending on the forecast. Acid rain, smog. But, thanks for the comment.

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DMZ on Jul 21, 2021 at 2:54 pm

Dr. Hanley did say he thought masks should become part of the culture going forward, and I believe he did say he thought they should be mandatory during flu season. I don't know if the emergency measures act has to be in place for him to regulate that. I would consider that as pushing his agenda.

In fact, many medical spokespeople are proposing keeping covid measures in place for flu season, and I see that as unreasonable and a breach of trust. The implicit deal was that the measures were temporary and focused. So for these people to be talking about flu season in the same way as covid, I would call that an agenda and a blatant attempt to manipulate the crisis into long term interventions. As is attempting to persuade people that we should do what they want because that's what they do in Asia, and they don't have a problem with it.

Perhaps Hanley received feedback that he wasn't expecting, because he seems to have backed off expressing his ambitions for mask-wearing.

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Say what, Juniper? on Jul 19, 2021 at 4:06 pm

When did Dr. Hanley say that, about his 'personal agenda'? I doubt it very much. And it's the territorial government, not Dr Hanley, who makes decisions based on his information and recommendations. In the last update, Premier Silver said quite clearly that he's looking to list emergency measures 'next month', depending on cases. And he specifically said, when asked, that lifting it includes removing the territorial mask mandate. No argument from me though, that common sense is in short supply!

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Juniper Jackson on Jul 18, 2021 at 8:29 pm

Hanley has publicly said he is running his personal agenda, masking us forever. In order to do that, he needs to keep the Emergency Measures Act in place. Not to mention that $750K paycheck. Go to international news to see what is going on in Canada. Media that is financially supported by government can not be trusted. Common sense these days, is in short supply.

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Astonishing! on Jul 17, 2021 at 4:25 am

@full time jobs; Thanks, I just knew the Liberals had done something fantastic with the economy during tough covid times.

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Pay attention, bonanzajoe on Jul 16, 2021 at 3:41 pm

Best source for accurate information is yukon.ca/covid .... you may have been unaware of it, but it's been reported

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Full-time jobs on Jul 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm

@Astonishing - Not sure what this really has to do with the covid situation, but the jobs report for June actually shows a drop in full-time jobs. 230,700 jobs added, but that's in increase of 263,900 part-time jobs, and a decrease of 33,200 full-time jobs. The increase in part-time jobs = food and retail sectors opening back up again, and they're mostly filled by young people. There's enough misinformation posted in the comments section, please don't add to it https://globalnews.ca/news/8015387/job-numbers-statistics-canada-june-economy/

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Astonishing! on Jul 15, 2021 at 8:56 pm

And to top it all off right in the middle of a pandemic, with forest fires raging, the Liberals are able to add 230,000 (two hundred and thirty thousand) new full time jobs to the economy in June.

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bonanzajoe on Jul 15, 2021 at 5:40 pm

When was that 6th death? It wasn't reported that I know of.

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Matthew on Jul 15, 2021 at 3:02 pm

Huh? Didn't we read this exact same article 2 days ago?

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