COVID-19 Safety and Travel Information for Yukon First Nations Communities
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COVID-19 BULLETIN BOARD

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Charting the Course: Living with and managing COVID-19 is an approach that has been developed to replace Forging Ahead: The Yukon's continuing response to COVID-19.

Charting the Course takes into consideration the current COVID-19 situation locally, nationally and internationally.

These strategic goals and actions are outlined in one place and you can get there at https://yukon.ca/sites/yukon.ca/files/hss/hss-charting-the-course_0.pdf

The short document outlines a sustainable approach to managing COVID-19 while protecting vulnerable populations and supporting Yukoners’ wellbeing. Things have changed since early 2020 and so have the goals and actions for the Yukon.

Highlights:
- Isolation guidance has changed for Covid-19 and the self-isolation centre is closing.

- Testing guidance has changed and the testing centre is closing. Testing is still available at home and in the lab when medically relevant.

- Staying home when sick is still highly RECOMMENDED and the Paid Sick Leave Rebate continues.

- Covid-19 data is being saved but the dashboard is being decommissioned.

We will be living with Covid-19 as a health risk and circulating virus for the foreseeable future. We can limit Covid-19's impact on our daily lives, on hospitalization rates and on our long term health.

Stay up to date on your vaccines so you can help limit the number of Yukoners infected at any given time and to protect vulnerable people, who may have more severe symptoms.

We did a great before and we can continue.
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UPDATED Guidance On Returning to School or Daycare: November 2022

"Your child does not have to stay home until all of their symptoms are completely gone. After a viral infection, some people may have symptoms that linger, such as a cough, but that does not mean they need to stay home until symptoms go away completely."

After a cold or another viral infection, your child may have one symptom that persists. A cough or a runny nose could last for a few weeks but if your child feels better and has no other symptoms, they can GO BACK TO SCHOOL, DAYCARE and ACTIVITIES.

🚦The STOP LIGHT GUIDANCE now includes a section about FEELING BETTER too.

Feeling better means that:
1. your child’s fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications like Tylenol or Advil / Motrin;
2. it has been at least 48 hours since their last episode of vomiting or diarrhea; and
3. their other symptoms have improved and none of their symptoms are getting worse.

QUICK GUIDE AND REMINDER 📌

STOP LIGHT SYMPTOMS
🔴 RED SYMPTOMS are:
- (new) Cough
- Fever
- Chills
- Loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
🚦Even JUST ONE of the RED symptoms means that your child should stay home.

💛 YELLOW SYMPTOMS are:
- Headache
- (new) Runny nose or congestion
- Sore throat
- Nausea
- Fatigue, muscle aches not related to exercise, significant loss of appetite
🚦With TWO or more YELLOW symptoms, your child should stay home.

Click here to see the full FACT SHEET https://yukon.ca/sites/yukon.ca/files/hss/hss-can-your-child-go-to-school-regular-activities.pdf
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Message From the Chiefs
Current Situation

COVID-19 Still Present Across Yukon, Some Restrictions Remain in Effect

The coronavirus is still present in most Yukon communities, and it can still be dangerous, especially to someone who is immunocompromised, or has a pre-existing health condition. For this reason, a number of public health measures remain in place until further notice. For example, it is still mandatory to wear a mask in some locations, including schools, daycares, long-term care homes, health facilities, shelters, group homes, the correctional centre, and hospitals. You may also be required to wear a mask in some businesses and venues. For more information on the COVID-19 restrictions in effect across Yukon, click here.

Household Safety

What To Do if You, a Housemate or a Family Member Tests Positive

In the event that you or someone in your home or in your family tests positive, the first step is to self-isolate. The next step is to review federal and territorial guidance that will help you prevent further spread of the virus. Based on this guidance you can determine how long to isolate, when to seek medical attention, how to determine who may have been a close contact and more. If you have any questions or need assistance, click here or dial 8-1-1 for 24-hour health advice.

Vaccinations & Boosters

When Should I Get My Next Dose?

Here’s a chart to help you figure out the optimal time for your next dose. If you have any personal health questions or concerns, be sure to check with your doctor. You can also call 8-1-1 if you have general questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

Youth Vaccinations

Vaccine Information for Children Ages 5-11

Vaccines are the best protection against COVID-19 infection. Information for parents and guardians on the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old is now available on the Government of Yukon website. To read the handout, click here.

Current Restrictions & Recommendations

Is Proof of Vaccination Still Required?

Yes. Even though the State of Emergency was lifted in March, you may still be asked to show proof of vaccination in some settings. To get your proof of vaccination information, click here.

Current Restrictions & Recommendations

Understanding the Impacts of “Long COVID”

When people still show symptoms of COVID-19 for weeks or months after their initial recovery, it’s called post COVID-19 condition. It’s also known as long COVID. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there have been reports of more than 100 symptoms or difficulties with everyday activities following COVID-19 infections. About 80% of adults reported 1 or more symptoms in the short term (4 to 12 weeks after their initial COVID-19 infection). About 60% reported 1 or more symptoms in the long term (more than 12 weeks after their initial COVID-19 infection). And 10% said that they were also unable to return to work in the long term. To learn more, click here.

COMMUNITY TRAVEL PLANNER

Safe Travel Map

Click on your destination or the traditional territories you will be passing through to see the latest travel advisories for that area.
Community Travel
Stay Informed

Community Travel Directory

Prior to travelling, visit the websites and Facebook pages of the communities you’ll be visiting. Watch for COVID-19 updates including local public health measures, adjusted store hours, and openings/closures of facilities and attractions. If you plan to visit Yukon communities, please follow public health measures, stay safe and travel respectfully.

Provincial and Territorial Travel Requirements

Travelling Elsewhere in Canada

If you’re travelling outside of the Yukon but within Canada, visit these websites to see the latest COVID-19 restrictions and exemptions in effect when traveling to or through the provinces and territories:

For international travel, click here.

SPOTLIGHT: RAPID TESTING

Abbott PanBio Rapid Antigen Test
Abbott PanBio Instruction Sheet
BTNX Rapid Test
BTNX Instruction Sheet
Lucira Rapid Molecular Test
Lucira Instruction Sheet

Which Rapid Testing Options Are Available in my Community?

As of February 1, 2022, Yukon communities now have four rapid testing solutions available to help with COVID-19 detection:

Rapid tests are safe and less-invasive that standard PCR tests, and can provide results in just a few minutes. Encourage your friends and family to become familiar with all of the rapid testing options, recognizing that not all tests are alike, and access to some tests may be limited at times.

Searching For a Test?

Talk to your First Nation health representative about which tests are currently available in your community, and how to arrange for pick-up or delivery.

You can also contact the territorial agent in your community for more information about the Government of Yukon’s rapid testing program.

Your community Health Centre can also be a helpful resource if you have questions about rapid tests and/or PCR tests.

SOCIAL BUZZ

Charting the Course: Living with and managing COVID-19 is an approach that has been developed to replace Forging Ahead: The Yukon's continuing response to COVID-19.

Charting the Course takes into consideration the current COVID-19 situation locally, nationally and internationally.

These strategic goals and actions are outlined in one place and you can get there at https://yukon.ca/sites/yukon.ca/files/hss/hss-charting-the-course_0.pdf

The short document outlines a sustainable approach to managing COVID-19 while protecting vulnerable populations and supporting Yukoners’ wellbeing. Things have changed since early 2020 and so have the goals and actions for the Yukon.

Highlights:
- Isolation guidance has changed for Covid-19 and the self-isolation centre is closing.

- Testing guidance has changed and the testing centre is closing. Testing is still available at home and in the lab when medically relevant.

- Staying home when sick is still highly RECOMMENDED and the Paid Sick Leave Rebate continues.

- Covid-19 data is being saved but the dashboard is being decommissioned.

We will be living with Covid-19 as a health risk and circulating virus for the foreseeable future. We can limit Covid-19's impact on our daily lives, on hospitalization rates and on our long term health.

Stay up to date on your vaccines so you can help limit the number of Yukoners infected at any given time and to protect vulnerable people, who may have more severe symptoms.

We did a great before and we can continue.
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UPDATED Guidance On Returning to School or Daycare: November 2022

"Your child does not have to stay home until all of their symptoms are completely gone. After a viral infection, some people may have symptoms that linger, such as a cough, but that does not mean they need to stay home until symptoms go away completely."

After a cold or another viral infection, your child may have one symptom that persists. A cough or a runny nose could last for a few weeks but if your child feels better and has no other symptoms, they can GO BACK TO SCHOOL, DAYCARE and ACTIVITIES.

🚦The STOP LIGHT GUIDANCE now includes a section about FEELING BETTER too.

Feeling better means that:
1. your child’s fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications like Tylenol or Advil / Motrin;
2. it has been at least 48 hours since their last episode of vomiting or diarrhea; and
3. their other symptoms have improved and none of their symptoms are getting worse.

QUICK GUIDE AND REMINDER 📌

STOP LIGHT SYMPTOMS
🔴 RED SYMPTOMS are:
- (new) Cough
- Fever
- Chills
- Loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
🚦Even JUST ONE of the RED symptoms means that your child should stay home.

💛 YELLOW SYMPTOMS are:
- Headache
- (new) Runny nose or congestion
- Sore throat
- Nausea
- Fatigue, muscle aches not related to exercise, significant loss of appetite
🚦With TWO or more YELLOW symptoms, your child should stay home.

Click here to see the full FACT SHEET https://yukon.ca/sites/yukon.ca/files/hss/hss-can-your-child-go-to-school-regular-activities.pdf
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😷 Who isolates for at least 7 days?

You should self-isolate for 7 days if:

👉you are not immune compromised; and
👉you have mild or moderate illness that does not require hospitalization.

If this applies to you self-isolate:

👉for at least 7 days after the day your symptoms started or after the day you tested positive, whichever is earlier;
👉until your fever has resolved for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. This includes all medications that decrease symptoms including Tylenol or ibuprofen; and
👉until other symptoms have been improving for 24 hours, or 48 hours if experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms.

😷 For 3 days after the end of your isolation, you are recommended to:

👉continue to wear a well-fitting mask in all public settings;
👉avoid activities in where you may need to remove your mask;
👉avoid visiting people who are immunocompromised or at high-risk of illness; and
👉not visit high-risk settings such as long-term care homes, residential care homes, the correctional centre, shelters and transition homes.

🌐 Visit Yukon.ca/covid-19 for more information
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NEWS about COVID-19 vaccines for children over the age of 6 months.

! Quick Facts !

* The Moderna Spikevax vaccine has been approved by Health Canada and is available to Yukon children between the ages of six months and five years.

* Planning is currently underway and information on clinic dates and times will be posted to www.yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot.

* Online appointments are expected be available to book starting July 21.

* Whitehorse residents will be able to book their appointment on Yukon.ca/appointments and people living in rural Yukon can call their local health centre for appointments.

"Vaccination against COVID-19 is essential to protect our littlest ones and their families from the disease. The upcoming availability of the new vaccine for children under five is great news and I encourage parents and caregivers to speak with their family physician, or other trusted medical provider, if they are unsure about their choice to immunize." Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade

https://yukon.ca/en/news/covid-19-vaccines-approved-children-over-age-six-months
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Are you traveling this summer? ☀️

You can now track the - Canadian Covid-19 Hazard Index - updated each day.

This info shows the Covid-19 risk, province by province so you can prepare for your trip and choose how you will protect yourself and your family.

You might bring extra N95 masks and rapid tests with you. You may decide to change your plans and limit your time in crowds and indoors.

Check the Covid-19 hazard index before you go, like you would check the fire danger index before a camping trip.

https://covid19resources.ca/data-discussions/
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You can now book your 2nd BOOSTER appointment.

If you are over 18 years old and it has been 6 months since your FIRST booster, you are now eligible for your SECOND booster vaccine.

"Vaccines offer the strongest protection against severe outcomes from COVID-19. Getting a booster when you are eligible is important to ensure robust immunity, especially among people who may have higher risks for severe disease. I encourage all Yukoners to stay up to date on their vaccinations."
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade

To book your appointment, go to *** yukon.ca/appointments
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The vaccine for babies and children from 6 months to 5 years of age is now available in the U.S. and soon to be approved here in Canada.

***** You may have QUESTIONS about the pediatric vaccines and we want to hear them. We'll gather these questions so you can get the ANSWERS you need.

We'll be interviewing an expert so POST YOUR QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS.

This vaccine is great news for parents and families. The rest of the family is #VaxxedToTheMax yet there's a little one who can't yet be vaccinated.

We understand that it's been a worrisome time, waiting for these vaccines to become available this age group. We are sighing in relief right along with you.

Being vaccinated has reduced the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death for children, teens, adults and elderly people all over the world.

Vaccines have given our immune system the 'battle plan' for beating this virus, if we become infected. Each vaccine is tested as rigorously as all other vaccines and have been evaluated and approved by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

Note: NACI provides the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with ongoing and timely medical, scientific, and public health advice relating to immunization.
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Around the world, researchers and doctors are analyzing 'post Covid condition' (aka long covid) to determine just how common it is.

Some studies are showing that close to 49% of Covid patients who were hospitalized early in the pandemic, still have at least one symptom.

Other studies show that long Covid appears to affect 30% of those infected with the virus, regardless of the seriousness of their active illness.

The information on post Covid condition continues to be updated as more research is done and as time goes on.

Post Covid condition is perplexing for many reasons; for example symptoms can be inconsistent or intermittent and/or they can be new or different symptoms than those experienced during the Covid infection.

In this video, Dr. Raywat Deonandan shares a story and his perspective on the seriousness of long Covid in Canada.

What's being done?

CANADA is reviewing published studies on post COVID-19 condition to identify:

- which symptoms are most common
- its associated risk factors
- how to prevent it
- how many individuals (adults and children) are having difficulties with regular activities and daily living
*** To read more, search 'long covid Canada 2022'

YUKON has formed a working group to learn more about post COVID-19 condition, and those who are experiencing its effects.

The group will monitor and gather research with the goal of developing further resources and information in the coming months.
*** To read the news release, search 'long covid Yukon 2022'

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⚡️Did you know that there's a ONE YUKON Youtube channel?

You can find the video of Dr. Ray Deonandan about WHAT'S CHANGED with Covid-19 transmission.

Just search the One Yukon channel or follow the link in this photo.

Spoilers: we don't have to wash our groceries to prevent Covid.
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Dr. Raywat Deonandan in this quick 30 second video on AIRBORNE TRANSMISSION.

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We have lots of great information coming from Dr Raywat Deonandan.

In the first video, he explains how things have changed with how Covid-19 is transmitted, with the BA.2 variant.

Here are a few helpful DEFINITIONS ↓ to remind those of us who haven’t taken biology class in many years.

TRANSMISSION: The transfer or spread of a disease or infection from person to person.

DROPLET: A tiny drop of a liquid, usually released from the nose or mouth when someone sneezes, coughs, breathes heavily.

AEROSOLS: Very small droplets that are released when someone exhales. They are light and can float and travel in the air for hours.

AIRBORNE TRANSMISSION: Infection that spreads by breathing virus particles that are floating in the air.

Dr Raywat Deonandan is an epidemiologist, public health communicator and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa.
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Here are some THINGS TO KNOW if you have Covid-19 right now.

📌 IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT
- This variant is very contagious.

- It's possible to become infected by someone who isn't symptomatic.

- The BA.2 variant is surviving much longer on surfaces than other strains.

📌 TESTING
- Using a rapid-antigen test will be most effective 2 - 4 days after your symptoms begin.

📌 GET A PCR TEST
- If you are eligible for a PCR test, get one. This lab-verified record provides proof of a past infection; helpful for travel or further healthcare.

📌 INFECTIOUS PERIOD
- You were likely infectious/contagious 2 days before you noticed your symptoms.

- You are not required to notify your close contacts BUT it's a good idea and a kindness.

- Vulnerable people who have been in contact with you, SHOULD definitely be advised.

📌 PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
- Symptoms can last 14 days. Even for mild cases and for fully vaccinated Yukoners.

- Resting is very IMPORTANT. Rest while you feel sick or fatigued and avoid overexertion when you start to feel better.

📌 TIMING
- Stay home for 7 days from the beginning of your symptoms.

- Wait 3 months to get your first or next Booster dose.

❓If you are concerned or worried about your symptoms or have questions about your condition, PLEASE CALL YOUR HEALTH CENTRE or seek medical care.
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It's good for our mental health to connect, to gather and to celebrate.

Here's a list of 10 Tips to make it safer to do so... and not just on Mother's Day.

1. Stay home when you're sick. Even if your symptoms are mild.

2. Gather outdoors if you can. It's the lowest risk way to spend time with others.

3. Wear a mask, especially if you're gathering with vulnerable people. Elders, the unvaccinated, the immunocompromised and people who live in community settings need extra protection.

4. Plan to visit (especially Elders) in larger and well-ventilated spaces.

5. Keep your groups small. Limiting group size allows you to easily inform guests if transmission occurs.

6. Being vaccinated and boosted reduces the risk of severe illness and hospitalization, if you or your guests contract the virus.

7. Take a rapid test before you gather; it could help uncover a symptom-free infection (that still makes you contagious to others).

8. Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer before and after coming into contact with surfaces and objects in public places.

9. Sanitize surfaces and items that your guests are likely to share and touch frequently.

10. Reduce the risk of transmission for indoor gatherings by opening windows and keeping ventilation systems and air purifiers running. Air flow is the key to dispersing virus particles that could be in the gathering space.

Spending time with loved ones is important. You can ensure these gatherings are as safe as they are fun.

These 10 tips aren't new and they're not hard but they do make a difference.

Happy Mother's Day from One Yukon.
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We honour all the mothers who have worked so hard, done so much and loved so fully this past year.

Mother's Day is a joyful one for many families.

Let's show love and kindness to those who are grieving the loss of their mothers.

Let's share love and kindness with the mothers who are grieving the loss of their child.

The Yukon is a caring place, full of caring people. Thank you for being one of them. ❤️
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Omicron is just about everywhere and moving quickly through families and friend groups in the Yukon. It's trickier than ever to avoid being exposed and infected by the virus... not because people don't care and aren't being careful.

The spread is happening faster and more easily BECAUSE Omicron (and the BA.2 subvariant) is SUPER TRANSMISSIBLE. The virus has gotten better at evading our immune system and for most Yukoners, it's been over 12 months since their last shot.

Just know: We don't need to panic about Omicron. We need to GET OUR BOOSTERS and make sure we use our Covid smarts.

- Sanitize and mask up
- Avoid socializing in small spaces
- Limit the time you spend (indoors) with unvaccinated folks and immunocompromised folks
- Stay home when you're sick - even mildly sick
- Socialize outdoors

ABOUT OMICRON
"Because the Omicron variant is immune evasive, two doses of COVID-19 vaccines offer less protection against Omicron than against previous variants.

Fortunately, evidence shows that boosters can help increase antibody levels that wane over time after the second dose."
* Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on April 22, 2022

Booster doses are available in all Yukon communities. Call your Health Centre to book an appointment for your booster.

The booster shot increases vaccine effectiveness to over 90% against severe outcomes. With a variant this contagious, it's important to DO ALL WE CAN to avoid serious illness and hospitalization.

Your health matters! You matter!
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We'd much rather be thinking of chocolate, bunnies and brunch... but this message from Dr. Jesse Kancir is good too.

“With the long weekend approaching and increased COVID-19 risk across the Yukon, it’s as important as ever to consider your COVID-19 risk before attending a dinner party, cultural or faith-based gathering or other Easter or spring event."

Just so you know, folks: We're not trying to dampen your spirits on this beautiful weekend.

It's just that there lots of cases of this highly contagious BA.2 variant, across the Yukon.

Luckily, for most people, BA.2 feels a lot like a cold and if you're fully vaccinated, YOUR BODY WILL KNOW HOW TO TACKLE IT. You might feel yucky for 3 to 5 days or you might feel worse. PAY ATTENTION and get help if you need it.

Some folks don't develop any symptoms at all... this makes it really tricky to keep from spreading this dang bug to others.

As you know, BA.2 is airborne (light and floaty) so when you don't have symptoms but test positive, each breath releases virus particles.

You don't want to make anyone else sick so we've got a few suggestions to help:

1. Consider the vaccination status of those you plan to visit. Not everyone is protected from serious illness through the vaccine.

2. The more people, the greater the chance of encountering the virus. This variant is EARLY to spread, even before you develop symptoms. This is true among vaccinated people too.

3. Space: Is your gathering in a space that's big enough to ensure people can keep some distance from one another? BTW, outside is best. 😉

4. How long do you plan to hang out together? The longer anyone is exposed to virus particles in the air, the higher the chance of contracting Covid. Keep it short and sweet, unless you can be outside.

5. Most places can provide fresh air when windows are open and ventilation fans are on. It's really important to make sure you have air flow and air exchange so that the virus particles don't build up and gang up on you. Again, gathering outside is the best option.

Here's hoping that sunshine (and the Easter Bunny) finds you wherever you happen to be spending your long weekend.
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NEWS!! The Council of Yukon First Nations donates rapid molecular tests to the Yukon government!

These tests such as LUCIRA can be used to confirm Covid-19 within community health centres.

"This initiative by CYFN’s Yukon First Nation Covid Response Team will help to safeguard the health of community members by ensuring that Yukon First Nations across the Yukon have convenient and timely access to rapid molecular tests."
CYFN Grand Chief Peter Johnston

HOW DO THESE TESTS WORK?
Like PCR lab tests, Lucira’s test extracts viral genetic material and amplifies it. The swab only goes
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The Ross River Dena Council has had a Level 5 Risk Level posted on its website for many days now.

As the RRDC does not have a Facebook account, we're sharing this in service of their government and their community.

From the RRDC Covid-19 Dashboard:

LEVEL 5 Indicates that there is at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ross River and/or the risk of transmission in rural Yukon is extremely high.

Risk is elevated due to:
- current vaccination rates,
- the territorial case count is above 20 and
- there are possible cases and/or exposures in neighbouring communities.

Community-level safety measures are now in place to help mitigate the risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ross River.
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People are thought to be most contagious early in the course of their illness. With Omicron, most transmission appears to occur during the one to two days before onset of symptoms, and in the two to three days afterwards.

People with no symptoms can also spread the coronavirus to others.

By the 10th day after COVID symptoms begin, most people will no longer be contagious, as long as their symptoms have continued to improve and their fever has resolved.

People who test positive for the virus but never develop symptoms over the following 10 days after testing are also probably no longer contagious.

According to the CDC’s isolation guidelines, everyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate at home for five days if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are improving after five days, you can discontinue isolation and leave your home continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to isolate at home until you no longer have a fever.

You can use the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation calculator to help determine when and how long you should stay home, get tested, and wear a mask around others if you have COVID-19 or were recently in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Source: Harvard Health - March 29, 2022
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Pediatrician Dr. Katharine Smart talks to Kari Johnston about vaccines for children 6 months & up

One Yukon 17 views July 29, 2022 1:08 pm

Dr. Raywat Deonandan on being Vaxxed to the Max

One Yukon 34 views June 21, 2022 12:13 pm

Long Covid - Is Canada ready? Dr Raywat Deonandan shares his thoughts in under two minutes.

One Yukon 11 views June 8, 2022 9:53 am

Dr Raywat explains modes of transmission - May 2022

One Yukon 24 views May 29, 2022 5:17 pm

Dr Raywat Deonandan, Epidemiologist talks about Living with COVID-19

One Yukon 36 views May 17, 2022 9:31 am

How to do the BTNX Rapid Response COVID-19 rapid antigen test with a throat + nasal swab sample

One Yukon 361 views January 31, 2022 12:13 am

How to do the Lucira rapid molecular test at home

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How to do the Abbott PanBIO COVID-19 rapid antigen test with a throat + nasal sample

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How to do the Roche SD Biosensor rapid antigen test with a throat + nasal swab sample.

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Timeline photosThere are some places that still have public health measures to protect our vulnerable people.

Please respect and follow the public health measures in these locations as well as those in rural communities, businesses, organizations and other public settings.

You are still required to wear a mask at:
• Hospitals
• Long-term care homes
• Health Centres
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6 days ago

Timeline photosMore COVID-19 and flu vaccine appointments have been added for Saturday November 26 at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse. These appointments include COVID-19 only along with COVID-19 and flu vaccines. To book an appointment, visit yukon.ca/appointments. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Timeline photosAs we continue to learn to live with COVID-19, our approach to self-isolation has changed.

Yukoners who test positive for COVID-19 are asked to stay home until their symptoms resolve, but are no longer required to isolate for a specified number of days.

Learn more: yukon.ca/en/what-do-if-you-get-positive-covid-19-test-result
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1 week ago

Timeline photosIn rural communities, flu and COVID-19 clinics are planned at the local level. Yukoners seeking a flu or COVID-19 vaccine can call their local Health Centre to find out about appointment times. Contact your health centre: yukon.ca/en/find-hospital-or-health-centre

In Whitehorse, you can book your flu and COVID-19 vaccine together by visiting Yukon.ca/flu.

There are still COVID-19 only vaccine appointments and more are being added. Yukoners can check Yukon.ca/appointments.

If there are no appointments available online, more will become available and everyone who wants to get immunized will have an opportunity to.

The Convention Centre also offers walk-in appointments for COVID-19 and flu vaccines and do their best to accommodate everyone, but it’s not always guaranteed.
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2 weeks ago
Charting the Course: Living with and managing COVID-19 is an approach that has been developed to replace Forging Ahead: The Yukons continuing response to COVID-19. 

Charting the Course takes into consideration the current COVID-19 situation locally, nationally and internationally.

These strategic goals and actions are outlined in one place and you can get there at    https://yukon.ca/sites/yukon.ca/files/hss/hss-charting-the-course_0.pdf

The short document outlines a sustainable approach to managing COVID-19 while protecting vulnerable populations and supporting Yukoners’ wellbeing.  Things have changed since early 2020 and so have the goals and actions for the Yukon.

Highlights: 
- Isolation guidance has changed for Covid-19 and the self-isolation centre is closing.

- Testing guidance has changed and the testing centre is closing.  Testing is still available at home and in the lab when medically relevant.

- Staying home when sick is still highly RECOMMENDED and the Paid Sick Leave Rebate continues.

- Covid-19 data is being saved but the dashboard is being decommissioned. 

We will be living with Covid-19 as a health risk and circulating virus for the foreseeable future.  We can limit Covid-19s impact on our daily lives, on hospitalization rates and on our long term health.  

Stay up to date on your vaccines so you can help limit the number of Yukoners infected at any given time and to protect vulnerable people, who may have more severe symptoms.  

We did a great before and we can continue.

Charting the Course: Living with and managing COVID-19 is an approach that has been developed to replace Forging Ahead: The Yukon's continuing response to COVID-19.

Charting the Course takes into consideration the current COVID-19 situation locally, nationally and internationally.

These strategic goals and actions are outlined in one place and you can get there at yukon.ca/sites/yukon.ca/files/hss/hss-charting-the-course_0.pdf

The short document outlines a sustainable approach to managing COVID-19 while protecting vulnerable populations and supporting Yukoners’ wellbeing. Things have changed since early 2020 and so have the goals and actions for the Yukon.

Highlights:
- Isolation guidance has changed for Covid-19 and the self-isolation centre is closing.

- Testing guidance has changed and the testing centre is closing. Testing is still available at home and in the lab when medically relevant.

- Staying home when sick is still highly RECOMMENDED and the Paid Sick Leave Rebate continues.

- Covid-19 data is being saved but the dashboard is being decommissioned.

We will be living with Covid-19 as a health risk and circulating virus for the foreseeable future. We can limit Covid-19's impact on our daily lives, on hospitalization rates and on our long term health.

Stay up to date on your vaccines so you can help limit the number of Yukoners infected at any given time and to protect vulnerable people, who may have more severe symptoms.

We did a great before and we can continue.
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UPDATED Guidance On Returning to School or Daycare: November 2022

Your child does not have to stay home until all of their symptoms are completely gone. After a viral infection, some people may have symptoms that linger, such as a cough, but that does not mean they need to stay home until symptoms go away completely. 

After a cold or another viral infection, your child may have one symptom that persists.  A cough or a runny nose could last for a few weeks but if your child feels better and has no other symptoms, they can GO BACK TO SCHOOL, DAYCARE and ACTIVITIES.

🚦The STOP LIGHT GUIDANCE now includes a section about FEELING BETTER too. 

Feeling better means that:
1. your child’s fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications like Tylenol or Advil / Motrin;
2. it has been at least 48 hours since their last episode of vomiting or diarrhea; and
3. their other symptoms have improved and none of their symptoms are getting worse.

QUICK GUIDE AND REMINDER 📌

STOP LIGHT SYMPTOMS 
 🔴 RED SYMPTOMS are: 
- (new) Cough
- Fever
- Chills
- Loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
🚦Even JUST ONE of the RED symptoms means that your child should stay home.  

💛 YELLOW SYMPTOMS are: 
- Headache
- (new) Runny nose or congestion
- Sore throat
- Nausea
- Fatigue, muscle aches not related to exercise, significant loss of appetite
🚦With TWO or more YELLOW symptoms, your child should stay home.

Click here to see the full FACT SHEET https://yukon.ca/sites/yukon.ca/files/hss/hss-can-your-child-go-to-school-regular-activities.pdf

UPDATED Guidance On Returning to School or Daycare: November 2022

"Your child does not have to stay home until all of their symptoms are completely gone. After a viral infection, some people may have symptoms that linger, such as a cough, but that does not mean they need to stay home until symptoms go away completely."

After a cold or another viral infection, your child may have one symptom that persists. A cough or a runny nose could last for a few weeks but if your child feels better and has no other symptoms, they can GO BACK TO SCHOOL, DAYCARE and ACTIVITIES.

🚦The STOP LIGHT GUIDANCE now includes a section about FEELING BETTER too.

Feeling better means that:
1. your child’s fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications like Tylenol or Advil / Motrin;
2. it has been at least 48 hours since their last episode of vomiting or diarrhea; and
3. their other symptoms have improved and none of their symptoms are getting worse.

QUICK GUIDE AND REMINDER 📌

STOP LIGHT SYMPTOMS
🔴 RED SYMPTOMS are:
- (new) Cough
- Fever
- Chills
- Loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
🚦Even JUST ONE of the RED symptoms means that your child should stay home.

💛 YELLOW SYMPTOMS are:
- Headache
- (new) Runny nose or congestion
- Sore throat
- Nausea
- Fatigue, muscle aches not related to exercise, significant loss of appetite
🚦With TWO or more YELLOW symptoms, your child should stay home.

Click here to see the full FACT SHEET yukon.ca/sites/yukon.ca/files/hss/hss-can-your-child-go-to-school-regular-activities.pdf
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2 weeks ago

Timeline photosYour child has a fever? Remember that a fever is a sign that the body is fighting an infection. Keep your child comfortable in light clothing and blankets and keep them hydrated.
For more tips on what you can do ow.ly/4EnG50LzaCg
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2 weeks ago

Are you wondering what COVID-19 vaccination dose you’re eligible for? Use this chart to find out.

Remember:
• Staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses provides the best protection against COVID-19 and serious outcomes such as hospitalization and even death.
• If you’ve recently had COVID-19, it's recommended to wait until at least 3 months have passed since symptoms started or testing positive before getting your next vaccine or booster.
• The Moderna bivalent booster is available for Yukoners ages 18+ and immunocompromised individuals ages 12+.
• The bivalent booster targets both the original COVID-19 strain and Omicron variants. The Moderna and Pfizer primary series and booster vaccines continue to be available, in addition to the bivalent booster.

Book your vaccine appointment at Yukon.ca/appointments or contact your community health centre.
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3 weeks ago

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Any information on when youth 12-18 will be eligible for the 2nd booster?

Does the hospital require staff to be fully up to date on their Covid shots? There is still a vaccine requirement in order to work there but if they don’t make their staff be up to date, the ones who initially took the first two shots are now unprotected.

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Yukon Updates

YUKON'S COVID-19 RESPONSE

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COVID-19 Dashboard

The Government of Yukon’s new COVID-19 Dashboard provides case count data, test positivity rates, vaccination and hospitalization data, historical data and more. Updated daily from Monday-Friday. To view the Dashboard click here.

COVID-19 Updates Playlist

To watch any of the Government of Yukon’s COVID-19 Updates from March 12, 2020 to present, select the playlist menu on the video above, or click here.

Latest COVID-19 Update
State of Emergency

State of Emergency No Longer in Effect

Yukon lifted its State of Emergency on March 16, 2022. A State of Emergency was declared on November 13, 2021 and extended on February 3, 2022) under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. A number of restrictions have been lifted, however Yukoners and visitors are being asked to continue following territorial, regional and community-level safety measures as a way to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the health care system from becoming overwhelmed.

Restrictions & Recommendations

Most Restrictions Lifted, But Some Remain

The Yukon Government asks that residents and visitors continue to follow the current COVID-19 Safety Restrictions, as recommended by Chief Medical Officer of Health. The Government of Yukon’s schedule for lifting these temporary health measures is available here.

Announcements

Latest COVID-19 News Releases

The Government of Yukon has significantly reduced the number of news releases related to COVID-19, however there may be some new announcements from time to time. For a summary of recent news releases and video updates, click here.

Forging Ahead

Forging Ahead: Yukon’s Continuing Response to COVID-19

Released in 2021, Forging Ahead was developed to guide the way forward as we adapt to living with COVID-19 risk. The Government of Yukon will continue to support Yukoners and manage the next steps following the lifting of the State of Emergency. To see the plan, click here. To view the infographic, click here.

COVID-19 Risk

As public health measures ease, it’s important to assess your own COVID-19 risk when attending a gathering, event or group activity. These 5 key factors can help you assess your risk: Vaccination status, people, space, time and place. To assess your risk, follow this chart or click here for more information.

VACCINATION DATA

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Data provided by the Government of Yukon
Updated daily Monday to Friday

Vaccinations by Community

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National Updates

CANADA'S COVID-19 RESPONSE

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Interactive Data Visualization of COVID-19 in Canada

This interactive data map of COVID-19 in Canada shows the number of active, recovered and total cases, tests and deaths over time for province and territories.

Current Vaccination Coverage Across Canada

This interactive data map illustrates current vaccination coverage in all provinces and territories.

Why Get A Booster Dose?
Mental Health & Wellness
COVID-19 Support

COVID-19: Financial Support for People, Businesses and Organizations

The Government of Canada is taking immediate and significant action through the Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support people, businesses and organizations facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more

Vaccinations

Ask the Experts COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

Canadian medical professionals answer questions about the approval and use of MRNA vaccines, along with questions about benefits and effectiveness of the different vaccines and questions on vaccine safety, ingredients and side effects. Click here to see the videos and transcripts.

Data & Trends

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Monitor the latest COVID-19 data, reporting and trends for all Canadian provinces and territories along with recognized international health organizations: