Two flights into Regina had confirmed positive cases of COVID-19

A couple flights that landed at the Regina International Airport between July 4 and July 6 had passengers who later tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The government’s COVID-19 web page indicates that Air Canada flight 7947 on July 4 from Toronto and WestJet flight 296 on July 6 from Calgary are the affected flights.

For the July 4 flight, rows 14 to 20 are the affected seats, however there is no information available regarding affected seats at this time for the WestJet flight from Calgary on July 6.

Dr. Saqib Shahab, chief medical health officer with the Ministry of Health, said on Tuesday that he isn’t aware of any instance in Canada where transmission happened from a flight, but he said it’s important for travellers to double check on government websites.

“Every two to three days, go online to check both the provincial and federal lists to see if your flight is mentioned,” suggested Shahab.

“Even if your flight is not mentioned, when you are travelling in close proximity, you should in any case self monitor for two weeks.”

The government is asking passengers who traveled on these flights to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their arrival.

These are the first affected flights from COVID-19 in the Queen City and the first in the province since an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Saskatoon on June 23.

All international travellers are to self-isolate upon returning to Canada. The government says travel outside of the country is not recommended at this time.

Affected flights into Saskatchewan as of July 13, 2020. (Image: Government of Saskatchewan)

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