Out-of-province traveller tests positive for COVID-19 2 days after being on Moncton flight

New Brunswick is heading into the long weekend with no new active cases of COVID-19.

But an early evening post on the government’s Twitter account says Public Health was notified an out-of-province individual travelled on Air Canada Flight AC-8903 from Moncton to Montreal on Monday and tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

“The individual was asymptomatic and wore a mask during the entire flight,” the tweet said. 

The tweet said this person arrived from Montreal on July 26 and spent one day in Moncton.

“A risk assessment has been conducted by regional Public Health and it has been determined the risk to the public is extremely low.” 

This case of COVID-19 is not counted as a case in New Brunswick. 

Julie Pondant, spokesperson for the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport, said they were notified of the case late Friday afternoon. 

“Our role is to inform the public about the two flights that were impacted with this passenger.” 

Pondant said the airport is supporting Public’s Health assessment that the risk is low for the public. 

“Obviously, we’ve put in place extreme measures in terms of cleanliness and extra cleaning, sanitizing a lot more before and just after flights.” 

CBC News has asked Air Canada how many passengers were on each flight and is awaiting a response. 

Friday marks 11 days since Public Health recorded a new active case of the respiratory virus, according to the Government of New Brunswick website.

Public Health has reported 170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first case was confirmed March 12.

The province has reported 166 recoveries. Two people have died.

On Thursday, 316 COVID-19 tests were performed, bringing the total to 52,469 so far across the province.  

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: