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13 flights through B.C. flagged for COVID-19 exposures

The BC Centre for Disease Control is warning of COVID-19 exposures on flights through B.C. airports
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The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has flagged 13 flights through B.C. airports for COVID-19 exposures.

The flights were added to the BCCDC’s COVID-19 exposure list on Christmas Day.

The affected flights are:

  • Dec. 7: Air Canada 44, from Vancouver to Delhi (affected rows 19 to 25)
  • Dec. 16: WestJet 320 from Vancouver to Edmonton (affected rows 19 to 22)
  • Dec. 16: WestJet 3290 from Prince George to Vancouver (affected rows 16 to 19)
  • Dec. 18: WestJet 3169 from Edmonton to Vancouver (affected rows 15 to 19)
  • Dec. 18: WestJet 3287 from Vancouver to Prince George (affected rows 15 to 19)
  • Dec. 19: WestJet 325 from Calgary to Kelowna (affected rows 7 to 13)
  • Dec. 20: Air Canada 45 from Delhi to Vancouver (affected rows 18 to 21)
  • Dec. 20: WestJet 253 from Calgary to Kelowna (affected rows 2 to 8)
  • Dec. 20: WestJet 3109 from Calgary to Nanaimo (affected rows 15 to 19)
  • Dec. 21: Air Canada 127 from Toronto to Vancouver (affected rows 35 to 41)
  • Dec. 22: WestJet 3106 from Terrace to Vancouver (affected rows 6 to 12)
  • Dec. 23: Air Canada 241 from Edmonton to Vancouver (affected rows 15 to 41)
  • Dec. 23: Nippon Airways 115 from Vancouver to Tokyo (affected rows: 31 to 37)

Passengers seated in the affected rows “should be considered to be at higher risk of exposure due to their proximity to the (COVID-19) case,” according to the BCCDC, however anyone on the affected flights is advised to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

Meanwhile, passengers who arrived in B.C. on an international flight are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival under the Quarantine Act, and complete the federal ArriveCAN application digitally before entering Canada.

Health officials no longer directly notify passengers who were seated near someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, according to the BCCDC. Rather, that information is posted on the BCCDC’s public exposures webpage.