Potential exposure to COVID-19 on one flight

Public Health has changed its approach to manage a significant increase in COVID-19 activity across the province. Efforts and resources are focused on protecting the most vulnerable Nova Scotians and those in high-risk settings including long-term care, hospitals, shelters and transition houses, corrections facilities and other group living settings.

Most Nova Scotians who are positive for COVID-19 will identify and contact their close contacts. As a result, Public Health will no longer have the necessary information to report most exposure sites and locations. Those that are identified through case management in the high-risk settings noted above, will be reported.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is widespread in Nova Scotia and the risk of transmission of the virus is high everywhere. Nova Scotians should continue to follow public health measures when visiting any public location.

Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of a potential exposure to COVID-19 on one flight.
In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.

If you were present on the following flight on the named dates and times, you are required to immediately self-isolate and follow the instructions for COVID-19 close contacts based on your vaccination status and whether you have symptoms. View details at https://www.nshealth.ca/information-covid-19-close-contacts

  • Westjet 3546 travelling on Jan. 9 from Toronto (3:25 p.m.) to Halifax (7:06 p.m.). Passengers in rows 2 to 8, seats A, B, C and D. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, Jan. 23.

Nova Scotia Health employees and physicians who have been at an exposure location must complete the COVID-19 status or reason for work absence webform for advice, guidance and direction from Occupational Health Safety and Wellness.

If you were instructed to book a COVID-19 test (close contacts or have symptoms) you will need to complete the online assessment to determine the type of rest you require. View details at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.

Please note: If you test positive on a rapid test, notify public health by emailing your name and contact information to PublicHealthPOCT@nshealth.ca. You will need to advise your close contacts and follow directions for people who test positive at https://www.nshealth.ca/testedpositiveforcovid.

Anyone who is travelling within Canada into Nova Scotia must follow the provincial travel regulations based on vaccination status. View details at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance.

Anyone who is traveling from outside of Canada into Nova Scotia must follow the federal travel regulations based on vaccination status. View details at: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid#f

If you are not fully vaccinated, or you are now eligible for your booster dose (24 weeks after your second dose), please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/book-your-vaccination-appointment or call 1-833-797-7772.

When Nova Scotia Health Public Health makes a public notification, it is not in any way a reflection on the behaviors or activities of those named in the notification.

All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines on how to access care. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.