2 other flights with COVID-19 on board identified, according to BCCDC

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VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Center for Disease Control is warning of two other flights which had passengers infected with COVID-19 on board. The two flights took place on July 13 and involved the Vancouver International Airport, according to the BCCDC. One of the flights, Air Canada Flight 111, originated in Toronto and landed in Vancouver. The other, Air Canada flight 8073, took off from Vancouver and landed in Victoria.

The BCCDC recommends that anyone who was a passenger on any of these flights isolate themselves and monitor their symptoms until July 27, 14 days after the day of the flight.

British Columbia health officials no longer directly contact people who were seated near a confirmed case of COVID-19 on an internal flight. Instead, the BCCDC provides updates on flights with confirmed cases as soon as it becomes aware of them. More information on recent exhibitions is available on the BCCDC website.

Saturday’s update comes at the end of a week in which eight flights involving airports in British Columbia were added to the BCCDC’s coronavirus exposure list.

Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry called for improvements to screening, cancellation and information sharing policies on Tuesday, adding that airline tracing cases have proven difficult .

“One of the hardest things we do is try to get flight manifests a few days later when we recognize someone who might be sick. The kind of information on those flight manifests is often not very helpful in trying to track people, “Henry said.

Responding to Henry’s comments in a statement this week, Air Canada said it had implemented screening protocols and offered “flexible” booking options if the passengers were too sick to fly.

With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Carly Yoshida-Butryn

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