Yukon's top doctor says Watson Lake outbreak contained, no new cases

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WHITEHORSE — Yukon's chief medical health officer says the territory is investigating the source of a COVID-19 outbreak in the small community of Watson Lake.

Dr. Brendan Hanley says the overall number from that outbreak remains at five, including one person who died.

He says results from tests conducted on at least 53 people in the community of 800 have come back negative.

He says officials are confident that the outbreak is contained and that there's no further evidence of transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

Hanley says the infection at Watson Lake should give Yukon residents pause to consider if they are doing everything they can to minimize the consequences of COVID-19 in the territory.

The number of confirmed cases in Yukon remains at 23, while 20 people have recovered from the infection.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 4, 2020.

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