3 Island flights added to province’s COVID-19 exposure list

3 Island flights added to province's COVID-19 exposure list
A Pacific Coastal Airlines plane seen at Vancouver International Airport in June 2021. (Nicholas Pescod/CHEK News)

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added three recent flights linked to Vancouver Island to its coronavirus exposure list.

The affected flights are listed below:

  • Air Canada/Jazz flight 8035, Vancouver to Nanaimo on Nov. 2 (affected rows are 12-18)
  • Pacific Coastal flight 745 from Vancouver to Comox on Oct. 28 (affected rows not reported)
  • Pacific Coastal flight 707 from Comox to Vancouver on Oct. 19 (affected rows not reported)

The BCCDC says passengers 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.

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.

Experts have previously told CHEK News that there appears to be less risk of getting COVID-19 onboard an airplane than in other public places, such as malls and grocery stores, due to better ventilation.

The addition of the flights to the province’s COVID exposure list brings the total number of Island flights with reported exposures this year to 186, according to the BCCDC.

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