Several Vancouver flights identified with potential coronavirus exposure

Aug 14 2020, 9:16 am

Several flights with potential exposure to COVID-19 have been identified by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

Four flights that touched down in Vancouver were identified, including both domestic and international travel.

The earliest flight, which dates back to July 30, is Aeromexico flight 696 from Mexico City to Vancouver. A total of two flights from Mexico City were identified by health authorities, with another flight on August 7 being identified by the Government of Canada.

The government also said that on the August 7 flight, which similarly departed from Mexico City and landed in Vancouver, rows 14 to 20 on the plane were at the highest risk.

Two domestic flights were also identified by the BCCDC, both of which occurred during the first week of August.

On August 3, exposure occurred on Swoop flight 235 from Edmonton to Abbotsford, specifically rows one to seven.

WestJet flight 461, which flew on August 7 from Calgary to Kelowna, has also been identified. Those sitting between rows five and 11 were the most affected.

The BCCDC says that anyone who was on a flight that included a coronavirus case should “self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.”

Common coronavirus symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, and gastrointestinal issues.

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