Fort St. John flight carried passenger with COVID-19

A passenger with COVID-19 was aboard a flight out of Fort St. John on Aug. 26, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

Anyone who sat in rows 13-19 on the WestJet flight 3100 to Calgary is advised to self-monitor for 14 days.

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The exposure was posted on the BCDC's public exposures website under domestic flights. No further information was immediately available.

There were 38 active cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Health region as of Tuesday. Four people are in hospital, one in critical care.

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is a new respiratory virus first reported in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31, 2019, and which causes a disease that has been named COVID-19.

The most common symptoms are dry cough, tiredness, and fever, but it can also develop into a severe and sometimes fatal pneumonia. Scientific research continues for an effective treatment and vaccine.

The BCCDC says regular and thorough hand washing with soap and water "is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection because soap actively destroys the surface of the virus.”

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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