Yukon shortening COVID isolation, schools remain open for in-person learning

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WHITEHORSE — Yukon's top doctor is telling the territory's residents that if they have symptoms of COVID-19, they should assume they have the virus without getting tested.

Dr. Catherine Elliott says just under 5,000 rapid tests are currently available and those are needed for people who are high risk or have chronic health conditions.

The territory has reported 325 active COVID-19 cases, but Elliott says those figures only reflect "a portion of the true number of cases in Yukon."

The territory is following some other provinces and cutting the isolation period for people diagnosed with COVID-19 to seven days for those who have been vaccinated people and have no symptoms.

Yukon students returned to in-person learning Tuesday and Elliott says it is the government's full intention to keep children in schools because they haven't seen a lot of transmission in that setting.

Yukon previously announced new public health measures will start Friday, limiting indoor personal gatheringsto 10 people, capping outdoor gatherings at 25, and restricting organized indoor events to 50 per cent of a venue's capacity with proof of vaccination.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 5, 2021.

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