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

May 14: SFU Surrey staff and faculty make, package hand sanitizer

Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Thursday, May 14. This will be updated as information becomes available:

• A small group of staff and faculty got together at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus to make and package hundreds of bottles of sanitizer for local organizations.

• Canada’s iconic department store will reopen its British Columbia locations May 19.

• Travel restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic might help British Columbia defend against invasive mussels, but the province is taking no chances as it works to keep the creatures out of B.C. waterways.

• Canada is not yet prepared to confront the challenges inherent in reopening the shared border with the United States.

• NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says he has no plans to cancel the remainder of the NHL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Some of Canada’s national parks will be opening as soon as June 1, but outdoor enthusiasts should anticipate a slow re-opening amid the ongoing pandemic.

• A coalition of public health-care advocates is calling on the British Columbia government to ease a COVID-19-caused surgical backlog through publicly funded solutions, not private clinics.

• Surrey/White Rock-based SOURCES is among six Metro Vancouver charities aiming to raise money during a “Fighting COVID Together” live auction on Saturday, May 23, starting at 7 p.m.

• Surrey panel tackles re-opening for business in the wake of COVID-19.

• Most of B.C.’s provincial parks are scheduled to reopen on Thursday (May 14) after they were shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19 over the Easter weekend.

• Nursing students from Langley’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University campus have teamed up with universities across the Lower Mainland to do their part in the fight against COVID-19.

• Canada’s top doctor says too little is known to consider using a newly approved serology test to identify individuals who could be immune to COVID-19 and allow those people to return to work or gather in public.

COVID-19 dominates the rhetoric, and the reality, of MPs on Parliament Hill.



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