Suspected COVID-19 exposure on two Toronto to Halifax flights
An Air Canada passenger jet lands at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)
HALIFAX -- Passengers on flights from Toronto to Halifax may have been exposed to COVID-19.
On Saturday, Nova Scotia Health advised of potential exposure on the following flights:
- WestJet flight WS 248 on August 8 from Toronto to Halifax. The flight departed Toronto at 9 a.m. and landed in Halifax at 12:04 p.m. Passengers in rows 11 to 15 in seats D to F are more likely to have had close contact. Passengers in these seats are asked to call 811 for advice.
- Air Canada flight AC 604 on Tuesday from Toronto to Halifax. The flight departed Toronto at 8 a.m. and landed in Halifax at 11:02 a.m. Passengers in rows 19 to 23 in seats A to C, as well as passengers in rows 29 to 33 in seats A to D are more likely to have had close contact. Passengers in these seats are asked to call 811 for advice.
Public Health is also directly contacting anyone else known to be a close contact of the person(s) confirmed to have COVID-19
Public Health says it is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the flight may develop symptoms up to 14 days after.
Those on the flights 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
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- Hoarse voice
- Unusual fatigue
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Red, purple or blueish lesions, on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause
Individuals 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