A handful of WestJet flights that either landed at or departed from airports on Vancouver Island have been flagged for recent COVID-19 exposures.
Over the past 72 hours, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added five recent Vancouver Island flights to its COVID-19 exposure list.
All five flights were WestJet flights and four of them departed from Calgary, while it appears one of the flights reported two separate exposure.
The following flights added to the list were:
- WestJet flight 3171 from Calgary to Comox on May 4. The affected rows are 1 to 6 and rows 14 to 20.
- WestJet flight 3304 from Nanaimo to Calgary on April 30, with the affected rows being 1 to 7.
- WestJet flight 3109 from Calgary to Nanaimo on April 29, with the affected rows being 1 to 7.
- WestJet flight 3115 from Calgary to Victoria on April 29, with the affected rows being 3 to 9.
- WestJet flight 3171 from Calgary to Comox on April 20, with the affected rows being 9 to 15.
The vast majority of Island flights added to the exposure list departed from Alberta, where COVID-19 cases have soared in recent weeks.
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.
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