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COVID-19 exposure warning for WS248 passengers

COVID-19 exposure warning for WS248 passengers

Thursday, July 2, 2020

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.

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“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.

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