Public Health reports possible COVID-19 exposure on flight to Moncton

New Brunswick Public Health has confirmed a COVID-19 case announced on Tuesday was an international traveller who might have been infectious while on a flight to Moncton earlier this month.

Public Health is asking individuals who were on the following flights to self-monitor for 14 days after the flight for symptoms:

  • Qatar Airways Flight 763 – Doha to Montreal on Aug. 14

  • Air Canada Flight 423 – Montreal to Toronto on Aug. 14

  • Air Canada Flight 8918 – Toronto to Moncton on Aug. 14

People who develop symptoms should self-isolate and call 811, Public Health said.

That same day, Mount Allison University notified students, staff and faculty that someone at the institution has tested positive for COVID-19.

Most people coming to Moncton from outside the Atlantic bubble would be told to self-isolate for 14 days as part of the rules under the emergency order.

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in New Brunswick on Thursday, according to the latest figures from Public Health.

One more case has recovered, reducing the total number of active confirmed cases to seven.

Four of the active cases are in the Moncton region, or health Zone 1, two active cases are in the Fredericton region, and there is one active case in the Bathurst region, or Zone 6.

New Brunswick has recorded 190 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in mid-March. Two people have died and 181 have recovered.

On Wednesday, 440 tests were conducted for COVID-19. A total of 60,305 tests have been conducted since the pandemic started.

What to do if you have a symptom

People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test on the government website at gnb.ca.

Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: a fever above 38 C, a new cough or worsening chronic cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell, and difficulty breathing. In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.

People with one of those symptoms are asked to:

  • Stay at home.

  • Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor.

  • Describe symptoms and travel history.

  • Follow instructions.