The BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC) has updated their list of public COVID-19 exposures with nine more flights having travelled through Vancouver.
According to the BCCDC website, alerts were issued for two international flights and seven domestic flights.
The added flights are:
- Dec. 8: Alaska Airlines/Horizon flight 2266, from Seattle to Vancouver (affected rows not reported)
- Dec. 10: Air Canada flight 241, from Edmonton to Vancouver (affected rows: 12 to 18)
- Dec. 10: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8069, from Vancouver to Victoria (affected rows: two to eight)
- Dec. 11: Air Canada flight 63, from Vancouver to Seoul (affected rows: 24 to 30 and 34 to 40)
- Dec. 11: Air Canada flight 115, from Toronto to Vancouver (affected rows: 25 to 28)
- Dec. 11: Air Canada flight 128, from Vancouver to Toronto (affected rows: 20 to 26 and 32 to 38)
- Dec. 11: Air Canada flight 201, from Calgary to Vancouver (affected rows: four and 12 to 15)
- Dec. 11: Air Canada flight 223, from Calgary to Vancouver (affected rows: 14 to 20)
- Dec. 11: Air Canada flight 566, from Vancouver to San Francisco (affected rows: 24 to 31)
Passengers seated in the affected rows “should be considered to be at higher risk of exposure due to their proximity to the case,” reads BCCDC’s website.
BCCDC is asking all domestic flight passengers to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days if they were on a flight with a confirmed case of the COVID-19 as it will no longer be directly notifying passengers seated near a case of the virus.
Travellers arriving in B.C. from outside of Canada are required to complete the federal ArriveCAN application digitally before entering Canada and must self-isolate for 14 days and monitored for symptoms upon their arrival under the federal Quarantine Act.
The Government of Canada currently states that travel outside of the country should be avoided until further notice due to the pandemic.
A travel advisory from the government also notes that “This advisory overrides other risk levels on this page, with the exception of any risk levels for countries or regions where we advise to avoid all travel."