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Passenger on WestJet flight from YVR to YLW tests positive for COVID-19

Last Updated Mar 15, 2020 at 12:43 pm PDT

FILE: A pilot taxis a Westjet Boeing 737-700 plane to a gate after arriving at Vancouver International Airport on February 3, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

Westjet confirms a passenger on their March 10 flight has tested positive for the virus

Westjet says anyone who was in rows 10-16 of that flight could have been exposed

The airline is working with health authorities to notify passengers who came in contact with the infected person

KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) — WestJet says a passenger on a flight from Vancouver to Kelowna last week has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a release, the airline says passengers that were in rows 10 to 16 may be at risk of exposure.

Affected passengers are being asked to self-isolate and monitor themselves for symptoms.

“WestJet has standard procedures in place for dealing with illness and is working with PHAC, BC Centre for Disease Prevention, the Vancouver Airport Authority and Kelowna Airport,” the company says in a release.

The airline says people who were in close contact with the infected passenger may be at risk of exposure.

“Public health officials recommend that affected individuals self-isolate for 14 days after arrival in Canada and monitor for symptoms. If symptoms occur, they are advised to contact HealthLinkBC at 811.”

The passenger flew on March 10.

As of Sunday, ten provinces have reported cases of the virus, and more than 25,000 Canadians have been tested.