COVID-19 exposure warning for WS248 passengers

COVID-19 exposure warning for WS248 passengers

HALIFAX — Passengers onboard WestJet flight WS248 from Toronto to Halifax on June 26 are being warned of possible COVID-19 exposure.

Nova Scotia’s public health agency, the NSHA, issued the alert yesterday as it reported a new confirmed case of the virus.

The flight left Toronto at 10 a.m. and landed in Halifax just after 1 p.m. on June 26.

The NSHA says passengers on the flight should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

The news came as Nova Scotia confirmed that it had identified a new COVID-19 case on Tuesday, the second case announced in as many days after the province went three weeks without any new infections.

The government said the new case is a Nova Scotian who travelled outside of Canada.

The other active case was identified June 29 and is also travel-related.

“The new cases this week show that COVID-19 is still very much here,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.

“So please continue to follow public health directives and advice, look out for your fellow Nova Scotians and do all you can to keep COVID-19 under control.”

The Nova Scotia Health Authority said anyone on the Toronto-Halifax flight may have been exposed to COVID-19, but passengers in seats A to C in rows 16 through 21 are at greater risk of exposure.

It asked those passengers to call 811 for advice and to self-monitor for potential COVID-19 symptoms.

WestJet spokesperson Morgan Bell said the NSHA advised the airline about the potential COVID-19 exposure on the flight.

“The public health authority has jurisdiction, and a process, for notifying guests on board the flight, we are providing all necessary information as required,” Bell said.

Nova Scotia has reported 1,063 cases of COVID-19 and 63 deaths so far during the pandemic.

Starting July 3 residents will be allowed to travel between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island without needing to self-isolate.