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

APRIL 15: B.C. provincial health officer reports three more deaths from COVID-19, 955 recovered

Daily update for Wednesday, April 15 on the COVID-19 pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond. It will be updated as information becomes available:

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports three more deaths from COVID-19.

• The B.C. health ministry is holding five “virtual town halls” around the province during the week starting April 17 to give people a chance to ask questions of those in charge of day-to-day response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• White Rock-raised singer-songwriter Desiree Dawson – 2016 winner of the CBC Searchlight contest – will be one of the featured artists in a provincially-sponsored online concert Thursday (April 16).

• Emergency doctors have been warned to try to avoid using the limited supply of medications needed for patients on ventilators, as they could be critical in the fight against COVID-19.

• Court appearances for the five family members charged in connection with the August 2017 killing of Surrey teen Bhavkiran Dhesi are among those delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• B.C. Premier John Horgan says residents deserve “a pat on the back virtually for the work we have done together to flatten the curve.”

• All indoor gyms and fitness facilities must close immediately, says Fraser Health’s chief medical health officer, after the health authority found certain gyms not complying with social distancing and enhanced cleaning.

• A B.C. retail worker is calling for an end of lottery sales amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic.

• The novel coronavirus has led to more than 1,000 deaths across the country as of Wednesday (April 15).

• The B.C. government has issued a temporary order allowing private liquor and wine stores to open as early as 7 a.m., to reduce congestion and give older people a shopping opportunity like grocery stores during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• The owner of a South Surrey denture clinic is re-purposing her office equipment in an effort to give back to frontline workers in the community during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

• The B.C. government is adding portable toilets to provincial highway stops to help transport truck drivers.

• A 25-year-old Coquitlam woman has been arrested after allegedly coughing at a grocery store clerk who did not let her buy extra tissues.

• Canadians will have to wait weeks before social distancing rules and other COVID-19 restrictions begin to be loosened, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

• Canada will move to top up the pay of essential workers making less than $2,500 per month and expand emergency benefits to workers still making some income.

• Shania Twain, Lady Antebellum, and Luke Combs are among the headliners set to perform from their homes for a five-night broadcast event next week in support of Canada’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

• The South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce will hold another Virtual Town Hall online meeting for businesses and residents this Friday (April 17) from 10 a.m. to noon.

• Surrey Board of Trade’s “digital town hall” – focusing on accessing government support during the COVID-19 pandemic – takes place today at 11 a.m.

• Canadians are changing their weekly habits and taking more precautions, according to a new Statistics Canada survey examining how people are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic going into the second month of lockdown.

• The Bank of Canada is keeping its key interest rate target on hold at 0.25 per cent, saying this morning that it is effectively as low as it can go to combat the economic impacts of COVID-19.

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