Another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 was recently reported on a domestic flight. Officials with the Kelowna airport have confirmed that a WestJet passenger with COVID-19 flew from Calgary to Kelowna not long ago. Everyone is now being asked to monitor their symptoms for 14 days.
On March 17, WestJet flight 3343 departed from Calgary to Kelowna.
Now, the Kelowna airport has confirmed that a passenger on board tested has positive for COVID-19.
On the WestJet impacted flights report, it is explained that the infected individual was sitting in the exit row.
Due to the close proximity of exit row passengers, guests who sat in that area may be at risk of exposure.
Public health officials are recommending that any affected individual monitor for symptoms for 14 days. People should look for a cough, fever, or respiratory issues.
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms, the best thing to do is contact your local public health authorities.
“YLW is sharing this information to keep the community informed about the possibility of virus transmission,” wrote the Kelowna International Airport.
The airport went on to explain that it is working with its partners to keep the public as updated as possible.
"The safety of airport employees, passengers, and our greater community is our top priority and the airport is following the direction of health authorities regarding best practices for public health and safety,” said the B.C. airport.
On the WestJet website, it is reported that several other flights on March 17 contained passengers who may have COVID-19.
Individuals with the disease were reported on a flight from Calgary to Penticton, as well as one from Cancun to Calgary.
Narcity has reached out to WestJet for comment and we will update this story when we receive a response.
Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19, Canada is looking at banning anyone from boarding domestic flights and trains should they show symptoms of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that as of March 30, anyone showing signs of COVID-19 will be forbidden from boarding domestic flights and intercity passenger trains.
One week prior to this announcement, Canadian officials stated that passengers with COVID-19 symptoms would be banned from flights to Canada.
Trudeau also forbade most non-residents from entering Canada in a new travel restriction.