City of White Rock workers put up fences around the promenade. The city closed the popular waterfront walkway ahead of the Easter long weekend. Council this week endorsed a motion to consider reopening some of its waterfront parking lots to residents who have parking decals. (File photo)

City of White Rock workers put up fences around the promenade. The city closed the popular waterfront walkway ahead of the Easter long weekend. Council this week endorsed a motion to consider reopening some of its waterfront parking lots to residents who have parking decals. (File photo)

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

APRIL 22: Biggest daily surge in COVID-19 cases since March: 71 new, and three deaths

Daily update for Wednesday, April 22 on the COVID-19 pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond. It will be updated as information becomes available:

• B.C. recorded 71 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths on Wednesday (April 22), marking the biggest daily surge in cases since March.

• The BC Hockey League is reaching out to the provincial government for help as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively affect the junior ‘A’ hockey circuit and its teams, including the Surrey Eagles.

• As other provinces prepare to release plans for restoring services and activities in the coronavirus pandemic, B.C. Premier John Horgan is remaining cautious about keeping a lid on risks of COVID-19 transmission.

• The Fraser Health Authority on Wednesday declared COVID-19 outbreaks “over” at five local long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities.

One person has died from COVID-19 and 12 other long-term care residents plus three staff at Willow Manor have tested positive for the virus, according to Chartwell Retirement Residences.

• Hockey great Hayley Wickenheiser is encouraging donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) during a drive planned in Surrey this Saturday (April 25).

• The B.C. Lottery Corporation has re-introduced an option that allows for people to buy tickets for a number of games in advance, in its latest effort to support physical distancing measures due to the pandemic.

• Due to concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Harrison Festival Society and its board of directors announced Wednesday morning that the 2020 Harrison Festival of the Arts is no longer happening.

• In an attempt to keep busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of South Surrey seniors have taken time to offer advice to a younger generation of local residents.

• The B.C. government has issued an emergency order that temporarily allows corporations, societies and co-operatives to hold their official meetings electronically, using video links or telephone conference calls.

• ‘I hope the world heals’: B.C. preschoolers offer wisdom on pandemic.

• A Cloverdale filmmaker wants to use his downtime during the crisis to highlight the fact that people with disabilities are invisible in the film industry.

• The federal government has unveiled $9 billion in funding for post-secondary students, including a new emergency student benefit for those who are struggling to find a job due to COVID-19.

• Already in the throes of a housing and homelessness crisis in many parts of the country, advocates say funds to fight the spread of COVID-19 could be used to keep people housed long after the pandemic has ended.

• White Rock city staff will be taking a look at opening some of the waterfront parking lot area to residents with parking decals during the current pandemic situation.

Worrying about being infected with COVID-19 at the grocery store where she works has become part of the job for Kelly Ferguson, who lives with her 90-year-old mother.

• The latest round of government projections related to the COVID-19 pandemic includes an increasingly common phrase — reaching the peak. But what exactly does that mean?

• The federal government has given up its fight against court rulings that effectively outlawed placements in solitary confinement lasting longer than 15 days.

• Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says non-essential services need to plan for how to re-open safely as the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic flattens in B.C.



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