12 flights involving YVR added to COVID-19 exposures list
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VANCOUVER -- The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has added a dozen flights to its list of COVID-19 exposures over the last few days.
All of the flights either took off from or landed at Vancouver International Airport between Jan. 5 and Jan. 20. Six were international and six were domestic.
Details of the affected flights follow.
- Jan. 5: Air Canada flight 551 from Los Angeles to Vancouver (rows 20 to 26)
- Jan. 9: WestJet flight 711 from Toronto to Vancouver (rows 14 to 20)
- Jan. 14: United Airlines/SkyWest Flight 5689 fromSan Francisco to Vancouver (rows 18 to 23)
- Jan. 14: West Jet flight 3170 from Kelowna to Vancouver (rows two to eight)
- Jan. 16: WestJet flight 711 from Toronto to Vancouver (rows one to six)
- Jan. 17: Aeromexico flight 696 from Mexico City to Vancouver (rows not reported)
- Jan. 17: WestJet flight 720 from Vancouver to Toronto (rows not reported)
- Jan. 18: Air Canada flight 254 from Kelowna to Vancouver (rows 19 to 25)
- Jan. 18: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight 681 from Amsterdam to Vancouver (rows not reported)
- Jan. 18: American Airlines flight 1539 from Dallas to Vancouver (rows 24 to 27)
- Jan. 19: Air Canada flight 248 from Vancouver to Edmonton (rows 18 to 24)
- Jan. 20: AeroMexico flight 696 from Mexico City to Vancouver (rows not reported)
Anyone who was on any of the flights listed should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolating and seeking testing if any develop. Those who were seated in the rows listed are considered to be at greater risk because of their proximity to a confirmed case of the coronavirus.
Passengers arriving in Canada on international flights are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure in order to board their flight. They are also required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival in B.C.
Domestic travellers are not required to provide proof of a negative test or self-isolate, but health officials across the country have been advising against non-essential domestic travel for months.
B.C. health officials do not directly contact everyone who was on a flight with a COVID-19 exposure. Instead, public notices are published on the BCCDC website.