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Coronavirus - update: Friday, 3 April

Coronavirus - update: Friday, 3 April

Published by May Norman at 6:55am 3rd April 2020. (Updated at 5:24pm 3rd April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Friday, 3 April

Stray FM has put together an advice page - which can be found here.

We are also updating this interactive article DAILY, with the latest local information.

Here's what you need to know (this page will be regularly updated):

5:24pm

Skipton company helps with PPE deliveries

Skipton company Deliver Net, which procures medical and cleaning products for care companies, linked in with North Yorkshire County Council to make a delivery of 11,000 face masks this week.

The council needed the masks so carers can continue to carry out their critical work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic in looking after older and disabled people.

 

 

 

 

5:17pm

Public urged to stay away from Yorkshire Dales this weekend

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is reminding people to stay at home and avoid all unnecessary travel. 

David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said:

“I am incredibly grateful to everyone who stayed home last weekend. Staying home will undoubtedly save lives, and our advice is the same this weekend. 

“People must not make unnecessary trips to, or around the National Park, whether visitor or local. Our Ranger Service will be out again this weekend supporting North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police to encourage people to heed that advice."

5:05pm

Extra £10m to support businesses in Harrogate

Harrogate Borough Coiuncil has been given an extra £10million from the government to support businesses.  

More than £6million in grants has already been sent out to firms in the area.  The council has also brought in extra staff to help.    

You can find out more here.  

 

4:51pm

Craven Council supporting community groups

Craven District Council has made £10,000 available to support grass-roots organisations that are providing key supplies for vulnerable residents in the district. 

The Craven Coronavirus Grant Scheme has been developed to offer grants to eligible groups, networks and organisations within the district. 

Community mutual aid groups can apply for between £50 and £500 from the grant scheme. 

More information can be found here.  

3:59pm

Easter eggs donated to Trussell Trust Foodbank in Bradford

Markets in Keighley and Ilkley are donating Easter eggs to the Trussell Trust Foodbank.

Markets planned in the run-up to Easter are being cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.  

In a statement, Bradford Markets said: 

"Unfortunately none of our events will be going ahead however our eggs will be going to good homes thanks to Trussell Trust Food Bank in Bradford. This is a very difficult time for many families across our district, challenged with not only financial hardship but also the struggle to feed their children and vulnerable people in their homes.

"At a time where basic food staples are a luxury to these children, we hope a little chocolate will be a pleasant surprise for them."

3:14pm

Updated figures for deaths in England

NHS England has released figures for the number of people who have died in hospital in the past 24 hours.   

You can find out more here.   

2:50pm

Knaresborough Exotic Rescue appeal for donations

Dan Holmes from Knaresborough Exotic Rescue shaved off his 10-inch beard live on Facebook in an appeal for donations to keep his exotic rescue centre open.

Knaresborough Exotic Rescue is reliant entirely on donations, mainly from visitors to the site, pushing Dan to part with the beard he had been growing for years in an appeal for support.

Prior to the chop, Dan also died the beard blue in a nod to the great work being done by the NHS.

Don't worry Dan, it'll grow back!


2:30pm

Yorkshire air ambulances grounded

Two Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopters will be grounded from today, as the service redeploys its paramedics to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.  

One of the helicopters was taken out of service on Tuesday, followed by the other today, however they will still be used for pilot training until they are put back into service.  

In a statement, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said:

"Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) have had to take the extremely difficult decision to redeploy all of their Critical Care Paramedics onto frontline land ambulance duties."

Read the full story here

2:13pm

Queen to address the nation 

The Queen is set to address the UK and the commonwealth on national television this Sunday amid the coronavirus crisis.

The broadcast will be shown at 8pm on Sunday 5th April on television, radio and on the Royal Family social media channels (@RoyalFamily)

1:07pm

PM to continue self-isolation

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to continue self-isolating after revealing he still has symptoms of COVID-19.

In a video posted to his Twitter account, Mr Johnson said:

"Although I'm feeling better and I've done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom."

Read more here or watch the video below:

12:36pm

Slingsby to host gin-themed quiz

One for all you gin lovers out there! 🍸

Spirit of Harrogate are set to host a gin-themed quiz on their Facebook and Instagram pages this evening.

Join the team at 6pm tonight to put your knowledge to the test!

12:28pm

Here's a 'Rainbow of Plants' to brighten up your day

This is brilliant! 🌈

Johnsons of Whixley have revealed a rainbow of plants to bring joy to passers-by, just days after thieves broke into the nursery in Kirk Hammerton.

They were left reeling last week when thieves stole equipment and caused 1000's of pounds worth of damage.

Read the full story here

 

12:00pm

Easter bin collection changes in Craven

A reminder for those living in Craven...

Craven Council will be collecting green and blue bins earlier next week due to the Easter bank holiday!

11:58am

Fraudsters using coronavirus to scam victims

Scammers are using coronavirus to steal money from people across the UK, often pretending to be the NHS and selling fake face masks.

North Yorkshire County Council are requesting that people remain vigilant when they suspect they have received fraud emails or text messages.

Read the full story here

11:51am

Beat your teacher!

Outwood Academy in Ripon have been challenging their students to show off their skills and beat the teachers with their own Stay at Home Challenge.

I think it might be a tough ask, as Outwood has some talented staff! 😆

Check out their entries so far:

10:52am

Happy Railway Day!

What better day to celebrate all the vital work the railway services across the area are doing than Railway Day!

Here's to all the fantastic services that are allowing our key workers to make it to work and battle the coronavirus crisis.

See all the updated train services here and remember to only travel if absolutely necessary.

10:28am

Essential food box delivery service for Harrogate and Ripon

HELP Harrogate have teamed up with K E Bland Ripon to offer a food box delivery service to self-isolating older and vulnerable people in the area.

The box contains essential foods such as bread, eggs and cheese, as well as other necessities (including toilet roll!)

Find out more about the service here

10:21am

Beware of the sheep!

With fewer cars around, more animals are finding their way onto our roads - particularly in rural areas and on country lanes.

Be mindful when travelling round corners and beware of the sheep!

10:12am

Speeding on the rise amid coronavirus crisis

North Yorkshire Police have reported an increase in speeding and warned motorists to stick to the rules of the road after a driver in North Yorkshire was clocked at 132mph.

It comes amid a rise in dangerous, highly-excessive speeds as roads get quieter.

Read the full story here

10:09am

Tributes to Silsden woman who died after contracting coronavirus 

Tributes have been paid to a woman who died after contracting coronavirus at Airedale Hospital.

56-year-old Pauline Demaline from Silsden passed away on Monday (30 March), and her husband Nigel has since shared an emotional tribute on Facebook - but also warned of the dangers of Covid-19:

"It’s here in Silsden and very real so please, please, please make sure your family are safe and that the youngsters realise that they and their families are susceptible too."

Read more and see the full tribute here

10:00am

Harrogate Comedy Festival set to go ahead

I think it's safe to say we'll all be in need of a good laugh when social distancing is no longer required, and thankfully Harrogate Comedy Festival is still set to go ahead!

The Festival returns for the 12th year in October, featuring huge names such as Jimmy Carr, Iain Stirling and Harrogate's own Maisie Adam!

The annual Harrogate Comedy Festival will run from Mon 5th October - Sat 17th October 2020.

9:49am

Fire risk advice if you're working from home

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have some useful advice to observe fire safety if you're using a laptop when working from home.

They're advising people to only use them on hard surfaces so that they don’t overheat, and also to avoid leaving them charging on beds and sofas.

9:44am

Woman 'wrongly charged' of breaking new coronavirus laws

A woman convicted under the new Coronavirus Act is set to be cleared after police admitted she was wrongly charged and apologised.

It was reported earlier in the week that a woman from York was convicted of breaking the new legislation when she was unable to give a reason for being at Newcastle train station.

But British Transport Police have now admitted Marie Dinou, 41, was charged under "the incorrect section" of the Act and will ask Tyneside North Magistrates to set aside the conviction. 

Read more here

9:14am

Your NHS needs you

If you've left employment with Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust in the last three years - your NHS needs you!

They're asking that ex-employees consider returning to work to help battle coronavirus.

If you would like to return to a role as medical or dental staff, get in touch via email  (hdft.recruitment@nhs.net) and you could make a difference!

9:02am

Harrogate Primary School thankful for the NHS

This is brilliant! 👏

Saltergate Primary School in Harrogate have shown their gratitude for the NHS with a video from their children of key workers.

Check out the video below:

8:57am

Cooking at home with chef

Did you catch Alexander's Head Chef Paul Cunliffe on air with us yesterday?

Although the Skipton restaurant has been forced to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Paul is doing a series of cook-along videos from home to showcase some of the best dishes from their menu!

Yesterday was Spicy Pulled Pork Kebab - what will today bring? 

Follow the daily vlog on the Alexander's Facebook page.

 

8:02am

NHS Nightingale

Now it's official, hotels have come out and revealed that they've been doing their bit to help create an NHS Nightingale temporary hospital in Harrogate.

Workers have been in town working at the Convention Centre turning the venue into a hospital that will house 500 beds for coronavirus patients.

It'll become a hub for Yorkshire and Humber.

7:58am

Hard to come by items!

Calling all those who're struggling to get FLOUR.

It's back in stock at Fodder in Harrogate.

Many items in shops across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale have been hard to come by but Fodder has taken to twitter to share the news it has FLOUR in stock.

7:56am

Clap for our Carers

Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale came together with the rest of the UK last night to clap for our carers.

Applause broke out across the country for the NHS workers - and others in key sectors - working on the frontline to try to combat the pandemic.

It was the second "Clap for Carers" event - with the organisers hoping it becomes weekly.

7:35am

Healthcare protective equipment developed in Harrogate

Those from Harrogate Grammer School's design department are continuing to design and produce some much-needed healthcare protective equipment.

They've been developed for those on the frontline.

The latest creations were 165 visors which were sent to NHS workers at Harrogate Hospital and care workers at some of the district's care homes.

It's fantastic work! Well done! 

7:01am

CONFIRMED: NHS Nightingale in Harrogate

It's been confirmed Harrogate Convention Centre is being turned into an NHS Nightingale.

Earlier this week, we told you how the venue will become a temporary hospital to help fight coronavirus.

NHS England has today made an official announcement.

The Convention Centre will be a hub for the Yorkshire and Humber and will house 500 patients.