Seven international and domestic flights have been flagged for possible COVID-19 exposures by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).
In the list, the flights include travels between Vancouver, Calgary, Hamilton, Abbotsford, Victoria, Terrace, Toronto and San Francisco.
The flights are:
- Nov. 14: WestJet flight 133, from Calgary to Vancouver (affected rows: three to nine)
- Nov. 16: Swoop flight 109, from Hamilton to Abbotsford (affected rows: 15 to 21)
- Nov. 18: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8075, from Vancouver to Victoria (affected rows: 11 to 17)
- Nov. 18: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8247, from Terrace to Vancouver (affected rows: 12 to 18)
- Nov. 19: Air Canada flight 123, from Toronto to Vancouver (affected rows: 18 to 21)
- Nov. 19: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8081, from Vancouver to Victoria (affected rows: one to five)
- Nov. 19: United Airlines flight 5312, from San Francisco to Vancouver (affected rows not reported)
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."