Possible exposure to COVID-19 on 2 flights to Halifax

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Nova Scotia Public Health informed last week of potential COVID-19 exposures on two WestJet flights from Calgary to Halifax, according to several press releases on Sunday.Flights 232 on August 24 and 26 both departed Calgary at 9:30 a.m. and landed in Halifax at 5:14 p.m.

On August 24, passengers in rows 20 to 24 of seats A, B, C and D are most likely to have had close contact. On the August 26 flight, they were passengers in rows 21 to 26 of seats A, B and C.

Passengers in these rows and seats are advised to call 811.

People who were on either flight, but not in the rows and seats identified, are asked to self-monitor.

Health officials are also reporting potential exposure on August 24 in a taxi that left Halifax Stanfield International Airport between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and drove to a residence in Halifax.

The person or people traveling in the taxi were asymptomatic at the time, the statement said, and the advice was issued out of “great caution.”

Lauren MacDougall, spokesperson for Nova Scotia Health, told CBC News in an email that the exposures announced on Sunday are not related to any previously reported cases, but the province will provide an update on Monday.

No new cases

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Nova Scotia on Sunday.

Five previously identified cases remain active, but none of those who are sick are in hospital.

The QEII microbiology lab performed 856 tests on Saturday and all were negative for the virus. Nova Scotia had 75,144 negative test results overall.

Of the 1,083 positive cases in Nova Scotia, 1,013 are now considered resolved. There have been 65 deaths linked to the virus in the province.

The latest figures for the Atlantic bubble are:

  • New Brunswick has four active cases but reported no new cases on Sunday.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador had an active case on Saturday.
  • Prince Edward Island had three active cases on Wednesday.

Symptoms

Anyone with the following symptoms of COVID-19 should go to this site to see if they should call 811 for further assessment:

  • Fever (chills, sweating).
  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Sneezing.
  • Nasal congestion / runny nose.
  • Hoarsely.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Unusual fatigue.
  • Loss of smell or taste.
  • Red, purple, or bluish lesions on the feet, toes, or fingers that have no clear cause.

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