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Two Thunder Bay flights on April 25 may have exposed passengers to COVID-19

The flights were Westjet to Toronto and Bearskin to Sudbury
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(File photo/Hannah Norman/Kaiser Health News)

THUNDER BAY — The federal government says passengers on two flights that departed Thunder Bay Airport late last month may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The April 25 flights were Westjet 3218 from Thunder Bay to Toronto, and Bearskin 384 from Thunder Bay to Sudbury.

On the Westjet aircraft, passengers in rows 1 to 7 were potentially exposed.

On the Bearskin flight, the government's public notice listed the affected rows as unknown.

A row is considered "affected" if it's three rows behind or in front of a row (two rows for business class) where a seated passenger is confirmed to have COVID-19, and was on board the flight during a period when they may have been infectious to others.

"Unknown" is indicated if the row number for the infected passenger can't be validated, or if the infected individual was a member of the flight crew.

The government advises passengers to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days.

It says the local public health authority should be consulted for further guidance.

Anyone with symptoms should self-quarantine immediately, then contact public health.


Gary Rinne

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Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Gary started part-time at Tbnewswatch in 2016 after retiring from the CBC
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