July 30, 2021
Bulletin 26: CAFN COVID-19 Planning and Response
Message from the Chief
We are entering a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic where we are learning to live with it, but with fewer laws to enforce public safety. After August 4, the Government of Yukon is removing some safety orders, like requiring masks in public, and self-isolation for travelers. But that does not mean we are out of the woods. We know COVID-19 is still in the Yukon, spreading at gatherings and parties, and is more severely impacting First Nations people – 61% of all patients hospitalized with COVID-19 from June 1 to July 16 were First Nations people.
The CAFN Council continues to take a cautious approach. We want to ensure our most vulnerable people are protected, which includes those who are not vaccinated yet. So we are making decisions that look out for the wellbeing of our whole community. CAFN COVID-19 safety measures remain strong and masks are still required in all CAFN spaces. Please see more details on CAFN’s current safety measures on page 2.
The mental health of our people is also important, so we are allowing for limited programs with small numbers of Citizens and approved COVID-19 safety plans. When we can do it safely, it is important to come together to support each other.
Vaccines are the most critical tool to keep ourselves and our community safe. If you are able to get the vaccine, please seriously consider getting it. If you are not vaccinated, it is very important to keep your personal bubble very small, wear a mask, wash your hands and safe distance. Dr. Hanley recommends you “stick to 6” or less people. And keep practicing the Safe 6 + 1. They work!
Kaaxnox, Dän nätthe äda – Chief Steve Smith
For the most current advice from Dr. Hanley, the Chief Medical Officer of Health: yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-information/latest-updates-covid-19/advice-chief-medical-officer-health