The affected flights are listed below:
- Air Canada/Jazz flight 8035 from Vancouver to Nanaimo on Nov. 2 (affected rows are 12-18)
- Air Canada/Jazz flight 8065 from Vancouver to Victoria on Oct. 31 (affected rows are 13-19)
- Air Canada/Jazz flight 8067 from Vancouver to Victoria on Oct. 30 (affected rows are 14-20)
- WestJet flight 3172 from Comox to Calgary on Oct. 23 (affected rows are 8-14)
- WestJet flight 3172 from Comox to Kelowna on Oct. 23 (affected rows are 6-12)
CHEK News has reached out to the BCCDC to clarify whether the information for the Oct. 23 from Comox to Kelowna is indeed correct as the flight number listed is the same as the Oct. 23 flight from Comox to Calgary.
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.
Dr. David Fisman, an epidemiology professor at the University of Toronto, previously told CHEK News 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 183.