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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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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

😷 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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This is really important information ⬇

"Without symptoms" can refer to two groups of people: those who eventually do have symptoms (pre-symptomatic) and those who never go on to have symptoms (asymptomatic). During this pandemic, we have seen that people without symptoms can spread the coronavirus infection to others.

A person with COVID-19 may be contagious 48 hours before starting to experience symptoms. In fact, people without symptoms may be more likely to spread the illness, because they are unlikely to be isolating and may not adopt behaviors designed to prevent spread.

But what about people who never go on to develop symptoms? A study published in JAMA Network Open found that almost one out of every four infections may be transmitted by individuals with asymptomatic infections. The proportion of asymptomatic transmission appears to be even higher with the Omicron variant.

Getting vaccinated and boosted once you are eligible is important for protecting not just yourself but others as well; evidence suggests that you're less likely to infect others, or may be contagious for a shorter period of time, once you've been vaccinated.

Source: Harvard Health, March 29, 2022
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❓How soon after I'm infected with the new coronavirus will I start to be contagious?

The time from exposure to symptom onset (known as the incubation period) is thought to be two to 14 days. Symptoms typically appeared within five days for early variants, and within four days for the Delta variant. The incubation period appears to be even shorter – about three days – for the Omicron variant.

We know that people tend to be most infectious early in the course of their infection. With Omicron, most transmission occurs during the one to two days before onset of symptoms, and in the two to three days afterwards.

Wearing masks, particularly indoors, can help reduce the risk that someone who is infected but not yet experiencing symptoms may unknowingly infect others.

Source: Harvard Health - March 29, 2022
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Timeline photosBefore travelling this summer, make sure you know all of the symptoms and signs of #monkeypox, as there are cases in many countries: ow.ly/GNVs50K4Qwu ... See MoreSee Less

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Knowing the truth about monkeypox helps protect our community.

• Monkeypox is transmitted through close skin-to-skin contact which may include sexual contact.
• In Canada, early reports show an association with the Queer community, specifically through intimate contact between men.
• This virus is not explicitly contracted through intercourse, and anyone can be exposed and infected from close contact, regardless of sexuality or gender.
• Unfairly stigmatizing any group causes harm and could delay infection prevention and control efforts. This makes it more difficult to identify, treat, and manage cases.
Learn more about monkeypox: yukon.ca/monkeypox.
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Understand the symptoms of monkeypox:
• Monkeypox symptoms usually develop 5 to 21 days after exposure and last 2 to 4 weeks.
• Symptoms include fever, headaches, fatigue, possible respiratory symptoms (sore throat, cough) and a skin rash. The rash changes into lesions and bumps, then blisters, which scab and fall off.

Learn more about monkeypox in Canada here: yukon.ca/monkeypox.
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As we head into autumn, spend more time indoors and face the back to school sniffles, we can take the 'lessons learned' from the last two year with us.

You're invited to watch the expert panel event with Health Canada on
Rapid Testing & Screening: Lessons Learned to Better Prepare for Future Waves, Subsequent Pandemics, and the Future of Diagnostic Testing in Canada.

Recorded July 26, 2022 in Montreal.

​Moderators, Dr. Sue Horton and Christine Leckie speak with presenters:
Dr. Lisa Barrett,
Dr. Mel Krajden,
Dr. Michael Mina,
Dr. Mark Perkins,
Dr. Cédric Yansouni,
Math’ieya Alatini, COVID Coordinator, Yukon First Nations COVID Response​
Kari Johnston, Communications Lead, Yukon First Nations COVID Response​​​​​

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Congrats on initiatives and accomplishments, which have supported communities here.

We sat down with Dr. Katharine Smart to find out about the vaccine that's now available for children 6 months to 5 years.

Until now, Covid-19 vaccines were not available for this age group. Relieved Yukon parents are booking their little ones for their 1st of two doses.

The dose is 25 micrograms (1/2 of the dose for children and 1/4 of the dose for adults). With this dose and two vaccines, children 6 months to 5 years are showing the same immune response as older children and adults.

Boosting the immunity of young children will reduce the chance of infection and greatly reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization from Covid-19.

The full 26 minute video is here and we will also share short clips, answering specific questions.

Vaccine clinics for babies and children are happening across the Yukon and appointments can be booked by calling community Health Centres or by going to vaccination.service.yukon.ca/en/whitehorse-general-public
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Is the risk to kids outweighing the risk of getting COVID? Have people seen the data for this age group with the shot? Ohter countries are pulling

back on giving kids this age the shot. There is no long term data for any adverse effects on kids this age.

STATEMENT from Chief Medical Officer of Health on the Yukon’s first case of monkeypox
Published 22/07/2022

Dr. Sudit Ranade, the Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued the following statement:

“On Thursday, July 21, the first case of monkeypox was confirmed in the territory.

“Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC) is conducting a thorough investigation into this case and the individual is in isolation. In this case, we understand that the exposure to monkeypox occurred outside of the territory.

“Monkeypox and the resulting rash can look similar to other infectious diseases, such as chickenpox, or sexually transmitted infections such as herpes or gonorrhea. Please consult a health care provider if you experience symptoms consistent with monkeypox.

“Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder and rarely fatal. Monkeypox is usually a self-limited viral infection with a rash that may be painful and most people recover on their own after a few weeks. The most up-to-date information on monkeypox can be found at yukon.ca/monkeypox.

“To protect the privacy of this individual, no further details will be shared.” 

** To learn more, follow the link. 

https://yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/health-concerns-diseases-and-conditions/learn-about-monkeypox#Symptoms

STATEMENT from Chief Medical Officer of Health on the Yukon’s first case of monkeypox
Published 22/07/2022

Dr. Sudit Ranade, the Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued the following statement:

“On Thursday, July 21, the first case of monkeypox was confirmed in the territory.

“Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC) is conducting a thorough investigation into this case and the individual is in isolation. In this case, we understand that the exposure to monkeypox occurred outside of the territory.

“Monkeypox and the resulting rash can look similar to other infectious diseases, such as chickenpox, or sexually transmitted infections such as herpes or gonorrhea. Please consult a health care provider if you experience symptoms consistent with monkeypox.

“Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder and rarely fatal. Monkeypox is usually a self-limited viral infection with a rash that may be painful and most people recover on their own after a few weeks. The most up-to-date information on monkeypox can be found at yukon.ca/monkeypox.

“To protect the privacy of this individual, no further details will be shared.”

** To learn more, follow the link.

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all lies to scare people more thanks Trudeau you traitor

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

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

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How can any child give their child this poison. How is a “therapy” that has been banned for youth in other countries be pushed on babies in Canada. Leave the babies alone!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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