Yukon's top doctor says Watson Lake 'likely to see more' clusters of COVID-19

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WHITEHORSE — Yukon reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday that had been diagnosed over the previous three days.

There were 90 active infections in the territory, which has recorded 513 new cases since June 1 out of the 579 that have been diagnosed since the pandemic began.

A statement from the territory says the latest cases are spread throughout Yukon.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Brendan Hanley says health officials are seeing clusters of cases in Watson Lake, a town in southeast Yukon near the boundary with B.C., and they're "likely to see more."

He says in a statement that all but one person was unvaccinated and while several couldn't get the shot due to their age, "all others could have been protected."

A rapid testing team is in Watson Lake until the end of the day on Tuesday and a vaccination clinic is planned in the community on Friday.

Yukon has reported six deaths linked to the illness since the start of the pandemic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.

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