Yukon reports 44 active cases of COVID-19 in territory

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Omicron will likely become dominant strain eventually, says Dr. Catherine Elliott, Yukon's acting chief medical officer of health.  (Lightspring/Shutterstock - image credit)
Omicron will likely become dominant strain eventually, says Dr. Catherine Elliott, Yukon's acting chief medical officer of health. (Lightspring/Shutterstock - image credit)

There are 44 active COVID-19 cases in the Yukon as of Friday, according to the territory's website.

None of the cases in the territory are of the Omicron variant as of Wednesday, said Dr. Christine Elliott, Yukon's acting chief medical officer of health, during a news conference earlier this week.

The first two confirmed known cases of the variant in the territory, announced over a week ago, have recovered, Elliott said.

However, she added that in time, Omicron "will become the dominant variant" in the Yukon.

Premier Sandy Silver announced on Wednesday that a rapid response team was being sent to Old Crow, Yukon, this week to help with the COVID-19 situation in the the community.

Over a week ago, the Vuntut Gwitchin government in Old Crow adopted measures requiring all residents to self-isolate and stay inside their homes for 14 days after tests revealed several cases in the community. The measures took effect Dec. 10.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 14 deaths due to COVID-19.

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