Victoria, YVR, other airports on alert after coronavirus contact: Henry

COVID-19 concerns have affected a number of flights in and out of Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna, and alerts have been issued, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday.

乐橙官网平台 “These alerts are issued when we’re unable to ensure that we’ve connected with everybody who might have been exposed,” she said. “If you have recently flown, please check the [B.C. Centre for Disease Control] website, because all of the flights where there have been people identified as having COVID-19 are posted on those alerts.”

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Dr. Dee Hoyano, a medical health officer for Island Health, said that in the event of a positive case of the COVID-19 virus, the investigation will consider such factors as where the person was during the infectious period.

“And then if it turns out that they had just recently arrived and were on a flight then we pass that information on to BCCDC and they publish that.”

Hoyano said it is important to emphasize that when Island Health looks back regarding a possible case “we are considering people up to 48 hours prior to their symptom onset.”

乐橙官网平台 “So oftentimes people are travelling feeling well, and it’s really only after they develop symptoms a few days later that they go for testing and we find out they’re a case.”

She said there is currently screening before people get onto flights to try to keep anyone who is sick away.

“The airlines are doing as best they can to avoid that situation, but we do know that people can be asymptomatic or quite mildly symptomatic and not realize it.”

Hoyano said the requirement for passengers to wear masks on planes provides “an additional measure” to try to reduce risks.

乐橙官网平台 “I think people do need to consider why they’re travelling.”

She noted that Dr. Henry’s recommendation for the summer is to stay within B.C.

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