If you were recently on a plane departing from Prince George to Edmonton, you may need to monitor yourself for COVID-19.
According to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), a Flair Air flight out of YXS Airport bound for the Alberta capital on Tuesday, Oct. 13, has been listed for exposure to the virus following a confirmed case(s).
Flight 8187 rows 10 to 16 are said to be affected, the BCCDC explains.
It adds passengers seated in these rows should be considered high risk 'due to their proximity to the case.'
Since March 27, passengers seated near a case of COVID-19 who was recognized after arrival are no longer being directly notified of their potential exposure, but are asked to check online and monitor their symptoms.
Another COVID exposure in the northern area, this time a Prince George to Edmonton flight on Oct 13. Flair Airlines flight 8187, rows 10-16 are listed by BCCDC. @FlyYXS @FlairAirlines FlairAirlines @PGMatters #cityofpg #bccdc #covid19 #covid #airlines #flight #canada #bc pic.twitter.com/kpiqzNplS8— Jess Balzer (@jessicajbalzer) October 21, 2020
This marks the sixth flight in or out of Prince George that has been exposed to the virus and the second one with Flair Air.
YXS saw its first COVID-exposed flight on March 5, which was Air Canada flight 8209 from Vancouver to Prince George with rows nine to 15 said to be affected.
The other four flights were:
- March 12 = Central Mountain Air flight 9M728 from Prince George to Kelowna - rows not reported
- March 15 = Central Mountain Air flight 9M725 from Kelowna to Prince George - rows not reported
- Aug. 21 = Air Canada flight 8212 from Prince George to Vancouver - rows six to 12
- Aug. 24 = Flair Air flight 8711 from Vancouver to Edmonton - rows 26 to 32
Since the start of COVID-19, there have been nine flights to or from northern B.C. to be detected for COVID-19.
As of this publication, 357 positive tests have been recorded for the disease, which includes 16 active cases, one person in intensive care, three deaths and 338 recoveries.