Possible coronavirus exposure identified on Calgary flight

Jul 10 2020, 8:50 am

Passengers on a WestJet flight to Calgary could have been exposed to COVID-19 during the first week of July.

According to the Government of Canada, passengers on WestJet flight WS669 from Toronto to Calgary on July 3 may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Domestic flights with confirmed COVID-19 cases (Government of Canada)

No details have been made available at this point about which rows were impacted.

The flight carrier also announced last month it would be ending the physical distancing policy on its aircraft.

“The reality is that a vaccine has not yet been produced and WestJet is working to balance the economic necessity that airlines are to a country’s economy with responsibly living with the virus for the foreseeable future,” the company told Daily Hive. “WestJet has been transparent throughout the pandemic in advising the public and WestJetters of flights affected by COVID-19 and it is our understanding we are the only airline taking the extra steps to post affected flights to our external channels.”

Potential exposure information is collected through provincial, territorial, and international health authorities and public websites.

Travellers are reminded that they are to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry into Canada.

“This is mandatory, whether or not you have symptoms,” states the government.

To date, 161 people have died in Alberta as a result of the virus, while 7,774 people have recovered from coronavirus so far.

This article was updated to include comment from WestJet. 

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