These flights were recently added to the BCCDC's list of COVID-19 exposures
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VANCOUVER -- The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has added several flights to its list of COVID-19 exposures over the last few days.
The flights in question took off from or landed at B.C. airports between Feb. 3 and 12.
Details of the affected flights follow.
- Feb. 3: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8550 from Vancouver to Regina (rows 16 to 22)
- Feb. 9: WestJet flight 3110 from Kelowna to Calgary (rows 15 to 21)
- Feb. 12: Aeromexico flight 9644 from Mexico City to Vancouver (rows nine to 15)
- Feb. 12: Air Canada flight 114 from Vancouver to Toronto (rows 33 to 39)
- Feb. 12: Air Canada/Jazz flight 8050 from Victoria to Vancouver (rows six to 12)
Anyone who was on any of the flights should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, seeking testing and self-isolating if any develop. Passengers who were seated in the specified rows are considered to be at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus because of their proximity to a confirmed case.
Travellers arriving in B.C. from other countries are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Canada also requires international travellers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to board flights bound for Canada, and beginning on Feb. 22, they will be required to spend their first three days of quarantine under supervision in a hotel.
None of those rules apply to domestic travellers, though health officials have been warning against non-essential domestic travel for months.
B.C. health officials do not directly contact everyone who was on a flight with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Instead, public notifications are posted on the BCCDC's website.