2 Canadian Armed Forces members test positive for COVID-19 after stop in Goose Bay
Exposure risk to personnel on the base is considered low
Two members of the Canadian Armed Forces aboard a flight that stopped at a military base in Happy-Valley Goose Bay, N.L., have tested positive for COVID-19.
As a precaution, some personnel working on the base are now in self-isolation.
The two members who tested positive were aboard an aircraft bringing 35 Canadian Air Force personnel back to Canada as part of Operation Impact, which includes up to 850 Canadians deployed in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait.
The flight stopped overnight at 5 Wing Goose Bay on Aug. 24. According to a statement from the Armed Forces, all aircrew and passengers were transported to accommodations on the base and were isolated from the rest of the base and the community.
Those who tested positive are currently in isolation at a base in Trenton, Ont.
The statement said personnel from 5 Wing, such as bus drivers and those delivering meals, followed public health protocols, wore masks and kept their physical distance from the members on the flight.
The accommodations were properly sanitized after the aircrew and passengers left, the statement said. The risk of exposure at 5 Wing is low, though there is some risk for deployed personnel, it said.
The base has been in contact with public health authorities, and contact tracing has begun. Perry Trimper, a member of the House of Assembly who represents Lake Melville, which includes Happy Valley-Goose Bay, said he became aware of the news on Friday and reported it to public health officials.
"Each time this occurs, the contact tracing occurs immediately," Trimper said.
"The Wing has immediately implemented those procedures. They've been prepared for this for several months, and that assurance was provided to provincial health authorities yesterday."
The news comes on the same day Newfoundland and Labrador reported its first new case of COVID-19 in more than two weeks.
With files from Rebecca Martel