City of White Rock signage reminds of the importance of physical distancing and other measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Contributed photo)

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

JUNE 5: ‘Glimmer of hope’ for B.C. economy, compromise reached for seniors’ outdoor program

Here is your daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Friday, June 5. This will be updated as information becomes available:

• May employment statistics represent “a glimmer of hope” after B.C.’s economy lost 353,000 jobs in the coronavirus pandemic restrictions of March and April, Finance Minister Carole James says.

Daily exercise opportunities for seniors at Amica White Rock are expected to resume next week, after a compromise was reached with the City of Surrey following a noise complaint that shut the programming down.

• The B.C. government is taking the advice of hospitality industry representatives, allowing temporary sale of liquor inventory from businesses that can’t reopen under coronavirus restrictions to those who can.

• Vancouver Island has reached a milestone in the fight against the novel coronavirus, becoming the first health region in the province to have no COVID-19 test-positive cases since it touched down here in January.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to offer premiers billions in federal funding to help them safely reopen provincial and territorial economies without triggering an explosive second wave of COVID-19 cases.

With pandemic restrictions boosting activities on the web, Surrey RCMP is reminding parents and guardians to take steps to protect children from online predators.

• A 57-year-old Pitt Meadows dentist has a new lease on life after surviving a two-month battle with the novel coronavirus.

• When the Surrey Archives put the call out for citizens to submit documentation about the current pandemic, Walter van Halst thought his students just had to be involved.

• B.C. health officials released new data June 4 that offers a more rigorous look at how COVID-19 has spread throughout the province.

• Delta’s outdoor pools, fitness and summer camps are tentatively scheduled to reopen in early July as part of the city’s phased reopening plan.

• B.C.’s earliest cases of COVID-19 came from China and Iran, but the largest number of cases are linked to travel from Europe, the U.S. and Eastern Canada, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says.



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