October 23 COVID-19 Update – 3 Confirmed Cases in Watson Lake

Source: Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Government of Yukon

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley today confirmed three additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the territory’s total to 20 cases since the first infection was announced on March 22, 2020.

A source of origin is still being investigated and contact tracing is actively underway.

This is the fourth incidence of infection in a rural community since COVID-19 was reported in Yukon.

The community is being identified because of possible cases of exposure at three locations in Watson Lake.

  • Watson Lake Foods – Super A – October 8 and October 16
  • Home Hardware – October 7 and October 10
  • Big Horn Motel – October 7 through 9 and 13 through 16

People from Watson Lake who were in these locations and have symptoms should contact the Watson Lake Community Hospital at 867-536-4444 to arrange for testing.

Other Yukoners who may have been in these locations and who are experiencing symptoms should contact the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 in Whitehorse or the community health centre in their community.

Anyone with symptoms, even mild, should seek out testing and can use the self-assessment tool at Yukon.ca as a guide or call 811.

The symptoms to watch for are: 

  • Fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle aches