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

May 15: New workplace-safety guidelines released, 15 new COVID-19 cases announced

Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Friday, May 15. This will be updated as information becomes available:

• B.C. has reported 15 new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 359 active cases and 2,407 in total since the pandemic began.

• Advocates for people with disabilities say an amended policy regarding essential visitors in hospitals during the ongoing pandemic is expected after the long weekend.

• B.C.’s workplace safety agency released new guidelines Friday as businesses across the province get set to reopen.

Summerset Music Festival will go ahead August 28 to 30, adhering to social distancing rules and altering how guests can enjoy the show.

• A South Langley woman with close ties to the Semiahmoo Peninsula – and who is well-known internationally in both the wellness and equestrian worlds – has donated hundreds of designer scrubs in an effort to boost the comfort and safety of frontline staff at Peace Arch Hospital and Evergreen Heights.

• The Surrey school board will be reviewing its policies on student field studies after the district cancelled the remainder of its school trips for the year back in March, with several being cancelled on short notice.

• Until June 13, animal lovers across the province can join the BC SPCA for its Lock-In for Love: Home Edition, an event that would normally take place in shelters but has been cancelled due to social distancing.

• After two months of online learning, B.C. parents are being offered the option of returning children to K-12 classrooms starting June 1.

• Lower Mainland gyms have been given the green light to reopen next week, Fraser Health has announced.

• The federal government’s 75 per cent emergency wage subsidy program will be extended another three months, until the end of August, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday (May 15).

• As various services gear up to reopen after the May long weekend, those in need of a teeth cleaning will need to wait a little longer.

• The increase in use of antibacterial cleaners caused by the COVID-19 pandemic likely won’t contribute to an increase in superbugs: professor.

• Mixed messages: Ottawa, Moe differ on Indigenous ceremonies during pandemic.

• As of Thursday (May 14), B.C. had 372 active cases of COVID-19, and more than 1,885 people have recovered, health officials announced.

• All Cloverdale Market Days events have now been cancelled for 2020.

• Metro Vancouver’s last remaining drive-in movie theatre experience, in Aldergrove, has taken a step Back to the Future during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Man arrested after nurse assaulted at Kelowna hospital’s COVID-19 screening desk.



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