The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added 13 more flights to its list of possible COVID-19 exposures.
In the list included international and domestic flights that have travelled between Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Kelowna, Calgary, Delhi, Hong Kong and Denver.
These flights are:
- Nov. 15: Air Canada flight 45, from Delhi to Vancouver (affected rows: 15 to 21)
- Nov. 15: Air Canada flight 114, from Vancouver to Toronto (affected rows: 35 to 41)
- Nov. 17: Air Canada flight 314, from Vancouver to Montreal (affected rows not reported)
- Nov. 17: Air Canada flight 8421, from Kelowna to Vancouver (affected rows not reported)
- Nov. 18: Air Canada flight 202, from Vancouver to Calgary (affected rows: 13 to 19)
- Nov. 19: Air Canada flight 103, from Vancouver to Toronto (affected rows not reported)
- Nov. 19: Air Canada flight 114, from Vancouver to Toronto (affected rows not reported)
- Nov. 19: Air Canada flight 225, from Calgary to Vancouver (affected rows: (13 to 19)
- Nov. 20: Flair flight 8102, from Calgary to Vancouver (affected rows: nine to 15)
- Nov. 22: Air Canada flight 1126, from Kelowna to Vancouver (affected rows: 12 to 17)
- Nov. 25: Cathay Pacific flight 865, from Vancouver to Hong Kong (affected rows: 29 to 35)
- Nov. 25: United Airlines flight 1641, from Denver to Vancouver (affected rows: 27 to 33)
- Nov. 27: Air Canada flight 8417, from Kelowna to Vancouver (affected rows: eight to 14)
According to the BCCDC website, passengers seated in the affected rows “should be considered to be at higher risk of exposure due to their proximity to the case.”
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."