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.



tholmes@peacearchnews.com

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