Thousands of hospital beds in B.C. have been freed up to prepare for COVID-19. (File photo)

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

MARCH 30: Hospital pay parking suspended, B.C. records first community COVID-19 death

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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