12 Island flights added to the province’s COVID exposure list in less than a week

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Multiple flights linked to Vancouver Island have been added to the province’s coronavirus exposure list in less than a week.

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added 12 Vancouver Island flights to its coronavirus exposure list since Wednesday (Aug. 11), with the majority of flights either departing or arriving at Victoria International Airport.

The following flights are listed below along with the affected rows of reported exposure:

– Flair 8506 from Victoria to Waterloo on Aug. 10 (affected rows 1-5).
– Air Canada/Jazz 8556 from Victoria to Calgary on Aug. 9 (affected rows 16-22).
– Air Canada/Jazz 8261 from Vancouver to Nanaimo on Aug. 8 (affected rows not reported).
– Pacific Coastal Airlines 108 from Victoria to Vancouver on Aug. 8 affected rows not reported).
– Pacific Coastal Airlines 1532 from Kelowna to Victoria on Aug. 8 (affected rows not reported).
– Pacific Coastal Airlines 1414 from Prince George to Victoria on Aug. 8 (affected rows not reported).
– Air Canada/Jazz 8487 from Calgary to Victoria on Aug. 7 (affected rows 7-13).
– Air Canada/Jazz 8069 from Vancouver to Victoria on Aug. 7 (affected rows 1-6).
– Air Canada/Jazz 8487 from Calgary to Victoria on Aug. 6 (affected rows not reported).
– Air Canada/Jazz 8559 from Calgary to Victoria on Aug. 5 (affected rows 1-7).
– WestJet 3295 from Vancouver to Victoria on Aug. 3 (affected rows 14-19).
– Air Canada 8261 from Vancouver to Nanaimo on Aug. 2 (affected rows 10-16).

The additions come after five other Island flights were added to the province’s exposure list between Aug. 1 and Aug. 10.

Again, it’s unclear when the flights were actually added to the exposure list because BCCDC did not notify the public about the exposure over social media — something they have done in the past but has stopped doing as of late July.

Those who were on a flight that has been added to the province’s COVID-19 exposure list should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and those who were sitting in rows identified are considered to be at a higher risk of exposure due to their proximity, says the BCCDC.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough or worsening of chronic cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste, runny nose, headache and fatigue.

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