As businesses begin to reopen on White Rock’s Marine Drive, a sign in one store window advises shoppers of a four-person limit inside. (Tracy Holmes photo)

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

MAY 28: Nine new COVID-19 cases in B.C., Delta playgrounds to open

Here’s the latest on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Thursday, May 28. This will be updated as information becomes available:

• B.C. reported nine new positive tests for COVID-19 on May 28, with a single case at a Port Coquitlam senior residence bringing the number of coronavirus outbreaks in health care settings to 16.

• Michelle Hunter had fully planned for her first child’s birth, then the pandemic hit and she tested positive for COVID-19 three days before her due date.

Playgrounds and basketball hoops in Delta, including those on school property, will reopen next week.

• Families, couples and friends — separated for weeks by the pandemic-fueled closing of the border between the U.S. and Canada — are flocking to Peace Arch Park.

• Border disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic have B.C. facing a shortfall of up to 8,000 temporary foreign workers this year, Agriculture Minister Lana Popham says.

• Aldergrove drive-in theatre to reopen at 50-vehicle capacity, gets green light on concession.

• Fraser Health has appointed the health authority’s director of pandemic response to give “oversight” to the COVID-19 response at Langley Lodge, where the province’s worst outbreak has claimed 22 lives as of May 27.

• Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to a national sick-pay program should be a shorter version of the federal COVID-19 emergency benefit, not a long-term disruption of employer-employee relations, B.C. business groups say.

• City of Surrey and Surrey school district playgrounds will be re-opened June 1.

• While Semiahmoo Peninsula residents join people worldwide hoping for immunity from COVID-19, there are indications that we are not entirely immune to the virus of hatred.

• A retirement-living chain in the Lower Mainland – which opened its newest independent-living facility in White Rock last year – has pioneered a new kind of innovation so its residents can safely resume visits with their family.

• Cloverdale Chamber director says some commercial landlords don’t want to apply for federal rent relief program.

• The B.C. legislature will resume June 22 to examine the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the provincial budget and debate how to deal with it, Premier John Horgan says.

Library services in the Fraser Valley will return June 1 with a new holds pick-up service.

• As of Wednesday (May 27), B.C. had 244 active cases of COVID-19.

• The death toll at Langley Lodge due to COVID-19 rose to 22, officials reported Wednesday.



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