“The Public Health Authority in Nova Scotia is conducting contact tracing as is the case with each new confirmed case,” the company said.
In the meantime, all crew members who were on the vessel and completed their shift as well as all crew members currently on the vessel will be tested.
“To facilitate the required testing, the MV Blue Puttees has been removed from service. Crew members will be tested and then isolate on the vessel until results are received. The vessel will also undergo an enhanced cleaning,” the company said in a statement.
As a result of this change, the Wednesday, Jan. 20, 11:45 North Sydney-Port aux Basques and 23:45 Port aux Basques to North Sydney crossings have been cancelled.
According to Marine Atlantic, the MV Highlanders will remain in service and the MV Atlantic Vision is currently preparing to enter service should it be required in the days ahead.
A further update will be provided once more information becomes available, the company said.
Potential exposure advisory
Nova Scotia Health is asking all passengers of the MV Blue Puttees, travelling from North Sydney to Port-aux-Basques and back, on the times and dates specified in the following chart, to immediately book a test for COVID-19.
Passengers are encouraged to fill out an online self-assessment form or call 811 to book a test. Only individuals with symptoms are required to self-isolate while awaiting test results.View link »