Nova Scotia Health advising of potential COVID-19 exposure on July 12 flight from Toronto to Halifax
HALIFAX, NS--Nova Scotia Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 on Royal Dutch Airlines, operated by WestJet WS 254, on July 12 from Toronto to Halifax. It departed Toronto at approximately 9:45 p.m. It landed in Halifax just after midnight on July 13.
While anyone on the flight could have been exposed, based on Public Health’s investigation to date, passengers in seats 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 A-C are more likely to have had close contact. Passengers in these seats are asked to call 811 for advice.
In addition, Nova Scotia Health is directly contacting anyone else known to be a close contact of the person(s) confirmed to have COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the flight may develop symptoms up to 14 days after. It is expected that the exposure period has ended, however this alert is being sent out with an abundance of caution. If you feel you had symptoms within that 14 day time frame between July 12-July 27, we advise you to get tested.
Those on the flight should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
COVID-19 symptoms include:
• Fever (chills, sweats, etc.)
• Cough (new or worsening)
• Sore throat Headache
• Shortness of breath
• Muscle aches
• Nasal congestion or runny nose
• Hoarse voice
• Unusual fatigue
• Loss of sense of smell or taste
• Red, purple or blueish lesions, on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms: Call 811 for assessment and identify that you were on the flight. Please self-isolate until you receive 811 advice on next steps.
Do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so by 811.
When Nova Scotia Health makes a public notification it is not in any way a reflection on the behavior or activities of those named in the notification.
Anyone travelling to Nova Scotia from outside of the Atlantic Provinces is expected to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving.
Full details on travelling to Nova Scotia are available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus
All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines on how to access care.