Yukon Territory declares state of emergency over COVID-19

The empty streets of Whitehorse as people self-isolate to avoid spread of COVID-19. Photo: Chris Macintyre/APTN

The Yukon Territory is the latest jurisdiction in Canada to declare a state of emergency over the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

As of this posting, Yukon health is reporting four confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and no deaths.

“This does not indicate a significant change in circumstances or an increased risk to Yukoners but prepares the government to take rapid action if needed,” said a release from the territory. “Declaring a state of emergency will make deploying resources to protect Yukoners and limit the spread of COVID-19 more efficient. This move is in line with many provinces and territories across Canada.”

Across the country the numbers of positive cases of COVID-19 are going up.

Quebec is the hardest hit province with 2,021 postive cases and 18 deaths at the time this story was posted.

Overall, Canada has 4,664 cases. Fifty-two people have died.

“Cooperation with all public health measures is critical to the response to COVID-19,” said the release from the Yukon government sent late Friday afternoon. “Limiting the spread of COVID-19 by closely observing all self-isolation orders is essential to keep this disease from spreading in the territory.”

The most up to date information on COVID-19 in Yukon can be found at: Yukon COVID-19.