More than a dozen flights involving B.C. airports added to COVID-19 exposure list
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has added more than a dozen flights to its list of COVID-19 exposures.
The most recent additions to the list all either took off from or landed at a B.C. airport between March 18 and 26, and all but one of them were domestic flights.
Details of the affected flights follow.
- March 18: Air Canada flight 292 from Vancouver to Fort St. John (rows 29 to 33)
- March 21: Air Canada flight 215 from Calgary to Vancouver (rows 19 to 23)
- March 21: Air Canada flight 306 from Vancouver to Montreal (rows 23 to 29)
- March 22: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8239 from Terrace to Vancouver (rows four to 10)
- March 22: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8261 from Vancouver to Nanaimo (rows 17 to 20)
- March 22: Air Canada flight 306 from Vancouver to Montreal (rows 25 to 31)
- March 23: Air Canada flight 306 from Vancouver to Montreal (rows 12 to 15 and 36 to 42)
- March 24: Air Canada flight 123 from Toronto to Vancouver (rows one to five)
- March 26: Air Canada flight 106 from Vancouver to Toronto (rows not reported)
- March 26: Air Canada flight 202 from Vancouver to Calgary (rows one to seven)
- March 26: Air Canada flight 45 from Delhi to Vancouver (rows 36 to 42)
- March 26: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8256 from Vancouver to Nanaimo (rows eight to 14)
- March 26: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8079 from Vancouver to Victoria (rows 15 to 20)
- March 26: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8212 from Prince George to Vancouver (rows 10 to 16)
- March 26: WestJet flight 136 from Vancouver to Calgary (rows two to eight and 22 to 28)
- March 26: WestJet flight 3387 from Calgary to Kelowna (rows 14 to 20)
Anyone who was on any of the listed flights should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, seeking testing and self-isolating if any develop.
Passengers who were seated in the rows specified are considered to be at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus because of their proximity to a confirmed case.
Travellers arriving in Canada on international flights are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. The first three of those days must be spent in a government-approved quarantine hotel awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test taken upon landing.
International travellers bound for Canada are also required to provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to board their flights.
No such restrictions exist for domestic travellers, though health officials across the country have been advising against non-essential travel for months.
B.C. health officials do not directly contact everyone who was on a plane with a case of COVID-19 on board. Instead, notifications are posted on the BCCDC website.