Here’s the latest news for Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Monday, March 30. This will be updated as information becomes available:
• As B.C. school districts begin providing in-school education for children of essential workers and those with special needs during the coronavirus pandemic, most parents are working out ways to proceed with home schooling.
• Pay parking is suspended as of April 1 at B.C. hospitals and provincially owned health care facilities as the province continues to find ways to reduce transmission of COVID-19 coronavirus.
• The South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce will host a pair of ‘Virtual Town Hall’ events this week to discuss the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and its effect on the local community.
• The province has seen its first community death as a result of COVID-19, Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday (March 30).
• The new Run Surrey Run won’t get off the ground this year as planned, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Sunday’s sunshine was a bright light in a dreary time, but it raised concerns for some on the Semiahmoo Peninsula after crowds flocked to local parks and waterfronts.
• The Surrey Board of Trade is working to keep its members connected and to help them access government help during the pandemic.
• The LifeLabs group of medical-testing facilities is reducing public hours at its patient service centres.
• The recently-announced wage subsidy for COVID-19 affected businesses has expanded to all Canadian companies and charities that have seen at least a 30-per-cent drop in revenues.
• When it comes to picking up your local community newspaper, should you be concerned about contracting COVID-19? According to the World Health Organization, the short answer is no.
• Thousands of hospital beds in B.C. have been freed up to prepare for COVID-19, but patients and seniors have had to sacrifice.
• Health officials in British Columbia have reported that 45 per cent of those positive for COVID-19 have now recovered from the virus – a stat far greater than any other province in Canada to date.
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