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

MARCH 24: White Rock care home resident among latest confirmed cases

Here’s the latest news for Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Tuesday, March 24. This will be updated as information becomes available:

Nearly one-third of the total COVID-19 patients in B.C. have recovered, the provincial health officer said Tuesday (March 24).

• The LifeLabs group of medical laboratories has joined B.C. health authority facilities in ramping up testing for the COVID-19 to 3,500 a day as positive tests continued to rise to 617 as of March 24.

• A resident of a White Rock care home is among the newest cases of confirmed COVID-19.

• With more people staying at home to socially distance themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, one expert is warning others to be internet-smart as the use of computers, tablets and phones increases.

• Campsites, visitor centres, playgrounds, washrooms and day-use facilities are closed as of March 24 in most B.C. provincial parks.

• WestJet became the latest airline to lay off thousands of employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

• In an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19, B.C. drivers can now renew their licences online and defer payments for up to 90 days.

Scam artists are busy at work trying to separate folks from their money through new COVID-19 related schemes.

• The Surrey Hospital Foundation has created a COVID-19 Response Fund to help purchase equipment for COVID-19 care as well as health and wellness initiatives for frontline workers.

• The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation shuttered Fraser Downs March 18 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that closure is leaving the horsemen feeling shut out.

• The $1,000 payment for workers affected by COVID-19 won’t come til early May, the B.C. finance ministry confirmed Tuesday.

• With the COVID-19 pandemic putting a strain on travel and tourism, the B.C. Wine Institute says the industry is slowly feeling the strain of the virus outbreak.

• Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says his party will support emergency efforts to get money to Canadians struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, but will oppose any “power grab” by the Liberal government.

• The Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo have produced a series of short public-service announcements to highlight the importance of actions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Justin Trudeau says the federal government has no immediate plans to use cellphone data to track people’s movements during the COVID-19 crisis.

• Parks Canada is suspending all vehicle access to national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas at midnight.

• An emergency sitting of the House of Commons was suspended after only a few minutes.

• Canadians could see harsher measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country if they do not follow the guidelines already in place.

• Conservative Finance critic Pierre Poilievre says there’s no deal yet between the Liberal government and Opposition over a proposed emergency aid bill to spend billions of dollars to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and cushion some of its damage to the economy.

• While the COVID-19 guidelines and precautions issued Sunday for the B.C. construction industry are “good advice,” one Fraser Valley company is calling them “too little and too late.”

• In the wake of closing Marine Drive parking lots and the waterfront parkade, White Rock council has taken the further step of closing the city’s iconic pier to the public.

• The City of White Rock has made changes to policy on residential garbage pick-up as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

• The province has unveiled its plan to support British Columbians.

• The Tokyo Olympics were postponed until 2021 on Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation that the games could not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

• Anyone who visited Gabby’s Country Cabaret on the nights of Feb. 29 and March 14 may have been exposed to COVID-19, according to a letter issued to the Langley night club by Fraser Health Authority on Saturday.

• B.C. is following the lead of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, changing its employment law to protect people from losing their jobs due to COVID-19 effects.

• British Columbia’s mayors were discouraged from declaring their own states of emergency, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said Monday (March 23).

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