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Tech giant Microsoft in Burnaby's biggest mall closing forever - Burnaby Now
Microsoft is leaving Burnaby forever as far as a physical retail outlet. The tech giant operates a store in Burnaby’s biggest mall, Metropolis at Metrotown. While Apple reopened its store in . . .
Microsoft is leaving Burnaby forever as far as a physical retail outlet. The tech giant operates a store in Burnabys biggest mall, Metropolis at Metrotown. While Apple reopened its store in Metropolis recently, the Microsoft store has stayed dark. Now we know why. Microsoft has announced a strategic change in its retail operations, including closing Microsoft Store physical locations, said a news release. The companys retail team members will continue to serve customers from Microsoft corporate facilities and remotely providing sales, training, and support, read the statement. Microsoft will continue to invest in its digital storefronts on Microsoft.com, and stores in Xbox and Windows, reaching more than 1.2 billion people every month in 190 markets. The company will also change spaces that serve all customers, including operating Microsoft Experience Centers in London, NYC, Sydney, and Redmond campus locations. Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any physical location, said Microsoft Corporate Vice President David Porter. We are grateful to our Microsoft Store customers and we look forward to continuing to serve them online and with our retail sales team at Microsoft corporate locations. The Microsoft Store locations closed in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With significant growth through its digital storefronts, including Microsoft.com, and stores on Xbox and Windows, the company will continue to invest in digital innovation across software and hardware. New services include 1:1 video chat support, online tutorial videos, and virtual workshops with more digital solutions to come. It is a new day for how Microsoft Store team members will serve all customers, said Porter. We are energized about the opportunity to innovate in how we engage with all customers, maximize our talent for greatest impact, and most importantly help our valued customers achieve more.
Two new COVID-19 outbreaks in B.C. offices - Burnaby Now
New COVID-19 outbreaks have been discovered in the past 24 hours at Abbotsford's New World Technologies and Delta''s Maersk Distribution Canada, B.C.'s provincial health officer Bonnie Henry said . . .
New COVID-19 outbreaks have been discovered in the past 24 hours at Abbotsford's New World Technologies and Delta''s Maersk Distribution Canada, B.C.'s provincial health officer Bonnie Henry said June 2. She described both of these outbreaks as being in offices. Both workplaces have two cases, and public health teams are at both sites to investigate and determine which people may have had contact with the infected individuals. The new outbreaks come on what was otherwise a relatively good day, given that there were no new deaths in the last 24 hours, and a spate of outbreaks at seniors' homes and at an acute-care ward at Abbotsford Regional Hospital are newly declared over. Henry said that outbreaks are declared over at North Vancouver's Amica Edgemont Village, Vancouver's Royal Arch Masonic Home, Maple Ridge's Chartwell Willow Retirement Community, and Chilliwack's Eden Care Centre. That means that no new cases have been discovered at those facilities in the past 28 days, or two incubation periods. This leaves eight active outbreaks at seniors' care facilities, all of which are long-term care residences. Two of those homes are in Vancouver Coastal Health, while six are in the Fraser Health region. No new cases of COVID-19 have been discovered at any of those homes in the past 24 hours. Health Minister Adrian Dix said that while the good news on fewer seniors' home outbreaks and no new deaths is promising, the new outbreaks at businesses show that COVID-19 is alive and well in B.C. and "requires vigilance." B.C. recorded four new cases in the past 24 hours of the virus that has caused a global pandemic, and a total of 2,601 cases. The breakdown of all COVID-19 infections by health region is:904 in Vancouver Coastal Health;1,311 in Fraser Health;127 in Island Health;195 in Interior Health; and64 in Northern Health. Of all of those who have been infected, 165 have died, 207 are battling illness and 2,229 have recovered. Most of the 207 people with active illnesses are self-isolating at home, although 31 of them are in hospital, with eight of those in intensive care units. Dix shared other good news that was part of his weekly update on personal protective equipment. Two separate independent labs in the past week have confirmed lab test results done at the University of British Columbia that showed that respirators that B.C. has bought from a new manufacturer in China has exceeded necessary standards. "This is excellent news for two reasons," Dix said. "We have a significant inventory of this product three million respirators in B.C., and now [we] are assured that the product is safe and effective for our healthcare workers. And, the availability of this equivalent product will reduce our reliance on the traditional 3M respirators that have been extremely difficult to procure due to global demand and supply-chain issues." The government has not yet introduced the equivalent respirators for use in the healthcare system because officials have wanted to take time first to communicate with workers about the new product, and to ensure that the respirators are tested to ensure that they fit all employees who may need to wear them, Dix said. "The significant boost of three million N95-equivalent respirators puts us in good stead as we ramp up our health system, catch up on scheduled surgery volumes and prepare our province for a potential second wave of COVID-19," he said. Overall, B.C. has acquired more than four million N-95 or equivalent respirators, about 4.5 million surgical masks, 27 million pairs of gloves, 1.3 million gowns and 1.25 million pieces of eye protection, including goggles and face shields. [email protected] @GlenKorstrom