- The Yukon Party asked for regular COVID-19 briefings by the acting chief medical officer of health for opposition parties and called on the government to release daily announcement updates during the state of emergency.
- Concerns about the rapidly increasing outbreaks in schools, both in Whitehorse and in the other communities, have also been seen at the legislature.
MLAs in the legislative assembly had their chance to question the government in November. 8 after a state of emergency was because of rising case numbers of COVID-19 across the territory.
Both the Yukon Party and NDP representatives had questions about how the government is dealing with an epidemic in schools.
“The CMOH’s public health recommendations should be public. Yukoners got to recognize what their CMOH is saying, so will this government commit to making the CMOH’s recommendations public?” asked NDP leader Kate White.
Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon echoed needs more information to be released.
“We also urge the government to create all recommendations and advice from the CMOH public. We’d just like the government to share additional knowledge and data about our current caseloads with Yukoners, as well as supply more frequent updates concerning the capacity of our hospitals and, in particular, ICU beds,” added Dixon.
The Yukon Party asked for regular COVID-19 briefings by the acting chief medical officer of health for opposition parties and called on the government to release daily announcement updates during the state of emergency.
Concerns about the rapidly increasing outbreaks in schools, both in Whitehorse and in the other communities, have also been seen at the legislature.
On Monday Kate White introduced a letter to the house, signed by over 80 parents, calling for rapid tests to be installed in schools.
In response to questions on November. 9 about using rapid tests in schools, Premier Sandy Silver and Health Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee said they’re following about from the Chief advice of Health.
“We still follow the recommendations of our public health specialists, and this includes about testing — all sorts of testing,” McPhee said. “I am certainly not speaking on behalf of the minister, but we currently do not have any schools closed here in the territory. we have a testing and contact-tracing strategy that has been effective in dealing with the spread of COVID-19 in our territory.”
But noting that 11 classes are closed at Ecole Whitehorse school, where his children attend, Dixon said the government is not taking the matter seriously enough.
“For the premier and also the deputy premier to be and the dismissive of that and to ignore those important ramifications on parents and kids as a result of having those classrooms closed down, I believe it simply shows that they’re fairly out of touch,” said Dixon.
“We’re disappointed within the lack of answers around rapid testing,” he said.
Dixon also raised problems about parents who need to take time off work to deal with outbreaks in their children’s classes.
He also highlighted that companies will want support to implement the new mandates.
That information goes to be out in the next few days. I believe that our departments are well-equipped to be able to support.”
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