Possible coronavirus exposure identified on another Calgary flight

Jul 10 2020, 2:50 pm

Another flight that touched down in Calgary has been confirmed to have been carrying a passenger who has since tested positive for COVID-19.

Domestic Air Canada flight, number AC224, running from Vancouver to Calgary was flagged as transporting someone with a confirmed case of the coronavirus on July 5.

According to the government, rows 15 to 21 may have been impacted.

Government of Canada

The news follows after it was revealed that 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)

Similar to Air Canada, 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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