A chalked message on a gate was a cheering sight for Roger Currie during a recent walk. (Roger Currie photo)

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

MAY 1: 33 new cases of COVID-19, one death recorded

Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Friday, May 1. This will be updated as information becomes available:

• B.C. has recorded 33 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as one more death due to the novel coronavirus.

• A Chilliwack poultry processing plant has been ordered to remain closed, following an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff working at the facility.

• At least a dozen Surrey business have either reworked their businesses, or are in the process of re-tooling, in order to manufacture personal protective equipment for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Fraser Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Guildford Seniors Village to be “over.”

Annual Terry Fox runs across the country will be held virtually this year, organizers have confirmed, making it the latest large-scale event to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

• A heartfelt show of appreciation added to the fence outside of a South Surrey retirement residence is brightening days for staff and residents alike.

• The B.C. government has opened applications for a one-time tax-free payment of $1,000 to people who have lost work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

• With more people home during the coronavirus pandemic, postal workers are dealing with more dogs, and sometimes aggressive dogs, as well.

• Schools in Delta may be closed for in-person instruction, but staff are making sure that vulnerable students still have access to the food they need at home.

• Hall of Fame board of directors voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend events due to safety and health concerns associated with COVID-19.

• A Canadian medical supplies manufacturer is bringing its operations to Kelowna to produce medical masks.

• Business organizations in Surrey and White Rock are preparing to jump-start the local economy when COVID-19 health and safety restrictions are finally lifted.

Canadian Costco shoppers don’t need to wear face masks to enter the warehouse, despite new rules coming into effect for U.S. stores in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• B.C.’s slow increase in COVID-19 coronavirus cases continued with 25 new cases announced April 30, including 12 more cases in the outbreak at the medium security federal prison at Mission.

• Poison control officials in B.C. have been responding to a noticeable uptick in calls related to cleaning chemical exposures as many work to keep surfaces clean and COVID-19 free, sparking a warning from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

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