Relaxation of COVID rules will continue
The Yukon government and public health officials do not appear to be deviating from their plan to continue easing COVID-19 health restrictions despite rising numbers.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Elliott provided the Star with the following statement this morning.
“Although we are coming out of the worst of the Omicron wave, it is clear from the numbers you see today that the pandemic is not over,” she said.
“There is still a lot of case activity. We see it in the indicators: number of cases, percentage of positivity and number of people who stay at home because they have symptoms and/or a rapid test.
“However, we also know that now is the time to start easing some of our public health measures and asking people to use their own discretion as we move towards a new kind of normal.”
Elliott added: “As spring break continues, I encourage all Yukoners to find creative ways to take advantage of this beautiful time of year and keep your gatherings and activities low risk – to reduce risk of you and others getting sick.”
Figures released on the government’s COVID-19 dashboard on Friday show 65 active cases and nine new cases overnight.
The test positivity rate, which is a crucial indicator, remained very high at 40.5%, compared to almost 44% last week.
The weekend and today’s issues will not be available until late afternoon.
The mask mandate and vaccine passports are due Friday.