Coronavirus cases identified on flights at YVR in June: BCCDC

Jun 30 2020, 1:19 pm

A number of flights over the month of June were identified with passengers that had been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

The health authority’s website says six flights were identified over the past 30 days. This number includes domestic and international travel as well as flights where Vancouver was either the origin or destination of travel.

International: 

Airline Flight Number Date Origin Destination  Affected Seats
Delta 3898 June 3 Seattle Vancouver n/a
Air Canada 557 June 18 Los Angeles Vancouver n/a

Domestic:

Airline Flight Number Date Origin Destination  Affected Seats
Westjet 166 June 3 Vancouver Edmonton n/a
Westjet 130 June 11 Vancouver Calgary n/a
Air Canada 217 (formerly 8737) June 16 Saskatoon Vancouver n/a
Flair 8102 June 21 Toronto Vancouver n/a

Earlier this year, it was made mandatory that any passenger arriving in British Columbia from outside of Canada self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for two weeks. They were also required to complete and register a self-isolation plan.

The BCCDC says on its website that passengers would no longer be contacted directly if they sat near a confirmed case. Rather, updates are now posted on the BCCDC website.

“We recommend that flight passengers self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days following the flight,” says the health authority.

On Tuesday afternoon, BC health officials spoke in depth about their concerns surrounding the relaxation of physical distancing measures on airplanes.

Specifically, companies such as WestJet and Air Canada have ended a policy that blocked the purchase of middle seats on aircraft to promote physical distancing.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addressed the scenario, saying that it’s critical that passengers don’t fly if they’re experiencing any symptoms of the cold or flu.

“I know Transport Canada will be working in the airlines to make sure everyone is safe,” she added. “But I think the other really, really important thing that we need to remember is that you should not be travelling if you are ill.”

She also mentioned that there had been occasions in the past week “where people have arrived with symptoms and have tested positive for COVID-19.”

Daily Hive has reached out to the BCCDC for additional comment.

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