Yukon declares COVID-19 outbreak at school in community south of Whitehorse

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CARCROSS, Yukon — The Yukon government says a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a school in Carcross, a community south of Whitehorse near the British Columbia boundary.

It says in a Friday statement that the outbreak is affecting kindergarten and the Grades 1, 2 and 3 split classes at the Ghùch Tiâ community school.

The territory says an investigation into the transmission of recent cases in the community of about 300 indicated a link to the school, where staff and students involved in certain classes had been directed to self-isolate earlier this week.

Staff and students from affected classes are now being told to get tested.

The territory says people who attended two events held at the school have also been contacted by Yukon Communicable Disease Control.

Those events were the Carcross Tagish First Nations youth night on Sept. 22 and a judo event on the same day.

There were 27 active COVID-19 infections on Friday in Yukon, with four new cases confirmed since Wednesday afternoon, three of which were diagnosed in Carcross.

In a statement announcing the outbreak, acting chief medical officer of health Dr. Catherine Elliott says that until a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children under 12, the best way to protect them is for eligible youth and adults to get their shots.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2021.

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