HALIFAX -- Passengers on a Toronto to Halifax flight may have been exposed to COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Nova Scotia Health Authority advised of potential exposure on WestJet flight WS 248 on Friday from Toronto to Halifax. The flight departed Toronto at 10 a.m. and landed in Halifax at 1:04 p.m.

NSHA notes while anyone on the flight could have been exposed, based on public health’s investigation to date, passengers in rows 16-21 who were seated in seats A-C are more likely to have had close contact. Passengers in these seats are asked to call 811 for advice.

Symptoms anticipated

Public health says it is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the flight may develop symptoms up to 14 days after. This would be up to, and including, July 10.

Those on the flight should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Checking for symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever (chills, sweats, etc.)
  • Cough (new or worsening)
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle aches
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Hoarse voice
  • Diarrhea
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Red, purple or blueish lesions, on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause

Residents experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to call 811 for assessment and self-isolate until they receive 811 advice on next steps. NSHA also advises those seeking help to not directly enter a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so by 811.

Meanwhile, up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus