COVID-19 exposure warnings issued for multiple Vancouver Island flights

COVID-19 exposure warnings issued for multiple Vancouver Island flights

Passengers who were on a handful of recent Island flights are being warned about possible exposure to COVID-19.

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added two WestJet flights, a Harbour Air flight and a Pacific Coastal Airlines flight to their COVID-19 exposure list since Dec. 23.

On Boxing Day (Dec. 26), the BCCDC added Harbour Air Seaplanes flight 220 from Victoria Harbour to Vancouver Harbour on Dec. 23 and Pacific Coastal Airlines flight 8P715 from Vancouver to Campbell River on Dec. 22 to their list. The affected rows on those flights were not disclosed.

On Christmas Day (Dec. 25), WestJet flight 3109 from Calgary to Nanaimo on Dec. 20 was added to the BCCDC’s exposure list. The affected rows on that flight are rows 15 to 19.

On Dec. 23, the BCCDC added WestJet flight 3171 from Calgary to Comox on Dec. 18 to the list as well. The affected rows on that flight are rows 1 to 5.

A total of five flights — including two flights to Japan and two flights to Kelowna — were added to the COVID-19 exposure list on Dec. 24. However, none of the flights added to the list on Christmas Eve were flights that either departed or arrived on Vancouver Island.

Prior to Dec. 23, the last time a flight had been added to the list was on Dec. 22.

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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