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Prince George Air Canada flight to Vancouver marked for COVID-19 exposure

This is the 20th virus-linked flight associated with YXS since pandemic began
Air Canada Jazz
An Air Canada Jazz aircraft. (via File photo).

A new pandemic milestone has been written for COVID-19 in Prince George.

For the 20th time since the virus reached the region in March, a flight involving YXS Airport was flagged for exposure and its a first for the month of December.

Air Canada/Jazz flight 8208 with service to Vancouver on Wednesday (Dec. 16) has been listed by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) when travellers may have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Passengers who sat in rows 14 through 20 are cited that those affected by the alert.

This is the fifth Air Canada flight departing or arriving in Prince George.

A WestJet flight (3287) on Oct. 22 from Vancouver to Prince George was also recently added to the BCCDC's list with rows three to nine possibly affected.

Since March 27, passengers seated near a case of COVID-19 that was recognized after arrival are no longer being directly notified of their potential exposure, but are asked to check online and monitor their symptoms.

The full list of flights is as follows: 

As of this publication (Dec. 18), Northern Health has recorded 1,509 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including 15 people who have died from the virus.

The overall number includes 419 active cases, 20 people in critical care among 45 total hospitalizations and 1,075 recoveries.