YELLOWKNIFE, JUNE 10, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is advising NWT residents of increased COVID-19 activity in Yukon. Those travelling between Yukon and NWT (including NWT residents receiving travellers from Yukon) should review the Yukon government’s COVID-19 information website to make informed choices about travelling to the territory.
The COVID-19 situation in the Yukon has changed significantly in the last week. There are currently six confirmed and two probable COVID-19 cases and the Yukon government says that three people are hospitalized. A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Yukon’s Eagle Gold Mine.
Those who travel to Yukon should follow the public health advice provided by the Yukon government. Please also visit the Yukon Government’s potential exposure notifications to see updated information issued for several Whitehorse locations with COVID-19 exposures, announced on June 8-9, 2021.
At this time the OCPHO will not be changing the exemption process that allows for NWT residents to travel to the Yukon. Each exemption is reviewed and if there are high risk situations, like a person visiting an exposure site, identified as a close contact, or part of an outbreak cluster the OCPHO may make recommendations for testing or even self-isolation upon return to NWT. Since the situation is evolving, the OCPHO may also require testing for all travellers returning from affected communities.
NWT residents may also use the Emerging Wisely 2021: Step by Step Together’s personal risk guidance materials found on the GNWT COVID-19 website’s Guidance for Residents.
Knowing the COVID-19 situation in your destination before you travel will allow you to make informed decisions about your health and safety.
All commentary is attributable to Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.