Thunder Bay District Health Unit Reporting Low Risk Exposure to COVID-19 on Flight

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THUNDER BAY – COVID-19 -UPDATED – The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is advising passengers from Westjet Flight 3123 on July 26, 2020, who were sitting in rows Rows 13 to 19 that there was a low-risk exposure to COVID-19.

The TBDHU has investigated the potential for virus transmission on this flight and the risk is deemed to be low. Individuals on the flight, especially those in the rows indicated above, should monitor for symptoms and should isolate and call the TBDHU if even one symptom develops at (807) 625-5900.

COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
Most common symptoms:
fever
dry cough
tiredness
Less common symptoms:
aches and pains
sore throat
diarrhoea
conjunctivitis
headache
loss of taste or smell
a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
Serious symptoms:
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
chest pain or pressure
loss of speech or movement
Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.
On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.

All residents should be aware that COVID-19 is still circulating at different levels around the province and in Canada. The safest options are to stay in the area of your home community or to stay in the region. Individuals who do travel outside of Northwestern Ontario should be extra vigilant in monitoring for symptoms when they return and should isolate and call TBDHU to arrange for testing if any symptoms develop.

Note that all people who have traveled outside of Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival in Canada.

The Public Health Agency of Canada posts information on COVID-19 exposures on flights, cruise ships, and trains.

For additional information on the status of COVID-19 cases in the Thunder Bay District Health Unit area, please visit the TBDHU Website.

Visit the TBDHU Website for more information or contact TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 or toll-free: 1-888-294-6630.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

14:50: TBDHU updated the rows information.