COVID cases identified on 13 recent flights in B.C.

More COVID on B.C. flights

The BC Centre for Disease Control has identified 13 more B.C. flights on which passengers may have been exposed to the coronavirus while travelling this month.

All but two of the recent affected flights involved the Vancouver International Airport, and none involve Kelowna.

The public health agency warned passengers that they could have been exposed to COVID-19 while onboard the following recent flights:

  • Jan 5: Air Canada 127, Toronto to Vancouver (Affected rows not reported)
  • Jan 5: American Airlines 1539, Dallas to Vancouver (Affected rows not reported)
  • Jan 6: American Airlines 1539, Dallas to Vancouver (Affected rows 9-13)
  • Jan 7: Air Canada 107, Toronto to Vancouver (Affected rows 1-6)
  • Jan 7: Air Canada 344, Vancouver to Ottawa (Affected rows16-22)
  • Jan 8: WestJet 3176, Abbotsford to Calgary (Affected rows 15-20)
  • Jan 9: Air Canada 115, Toronto to Vancouver (Affected rows not reported)
  • Jan 8: Lufthansa 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver (Affected rows 23-25)
  • Jan 9: WestJet 725, Toronto to Vancouver (Affected rows not reported)
  • Jan 10: Air Canada 106, Vancouver to Toronto (Affected rows not reported)
  • Jan 10: Air Canada 241, Edmonton to Vancouver (Affected rows not reported)
  • Jan 11: Air Canada 305, Montreal to Vancouver (Affected rows 14-20)
  • Jan 11: WestJet 3231, Calgary to Abbotsford (Affected rows 15-20)

This announcement is the latest in a string of notifications identifying recent flights that carried one or more individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 since their flight. This week alone, the BCCDC already added 65 recent flights to its list of possible COVID-19 exposures.

With the number of new COVID-19 cases remaining in the hundreds each day, B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry implemented new orders last month instructing British Columbians to avoid any non-essential travel outside their home communities. As of this week, those orders have been extended until at least Feb. 5.

The BCCDC is encouraging travellers who recently arrived in B.C. to check the public health agency's website for updates about flights identified for potential exposures. Passengers who flew aboard a domestic flight flagged for carrying a COVID-19 case are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their flight.

While self-monitoring for symptoms of the virus— which may include fever, cough, chills, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste and many more—individuals should take and record their temperature daily, and avoid taking fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, if possible, for the full 14 days. The average normal body temperature taken orally is about 37°C, according to the BCCDC.

More BC News