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Coronavirus - update: Monday, 20 April

Coronavirus - update: Monday, 20 April

Published by May Norman at 6:31am 20th April 2020. (Updated at 6:03pm 20th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Monday, 20 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):


Harrogate residents leave colourful thank you cards for bin men

Bin men in Harrogate have been left colourful thank you cards from grateful residents. 

Harrogate Borough Council says it is doing everything it can to cope with added pressure on waste collections.

Union leaders have also recognised IT and business support staff working behind the scenes.

You can read more here.  



Bus named after Captain Tom Moore

The Keighley Bus Company has named a bus in honour of NHS fundraiser’s Captain Tom Moore.

Captain Tom Moore, who is originally from Keighley, has raised £26 million for NHS Charities Together by walking over a hundred lengths of his back garden.

Now, the 99-year-old war veteran’s efforts are to be recognised by the bus compnay, which is naming a bus in his honour and decorating it with the words: “A Big Thank You To Captain Tom – A Keighley Legend”.

The bus will make its first appearance tomorrow at Harrogate’s new NHS Nightingale Hospital.

The Keighley Bus Company’s CEO Alex Hornby said:

“Like everyone in the country we are truly amazed by Captain Tom’s remarkable fundraising efforts for NHS charities, and as he is a proud Yorkshireman raised in Keighley, we feel it’s entirely appropriate for us to express our thanks to him by naming our bus in his hometown.

“All of our team in Keighley share our pride in serving the town where this inspirational man was raised, and he absolutely deserves all our thanks for everything he’s done – and continues to do – for our National Health Service.

“Captain Tom’s bus will be seen in his home county of Yorkshire on our local bus routes throughout the Keighley area, as we continue to provide vital transport links for key workers and those needing to access essential services throughout the Coronavirus pandemic."



Doorstep VE Day celebrations planned 

A local charity are coordinating a doorstep VE day celebration that will take place next month.It's

It's after the usual celebrations were cancelled due to the virus outbreak.

There will be a virtual celebration instead, with people standing on their doorsteps. 

You can read more here.  


North Yorkshire Council urges residents to keep looking out for neighbours

The council is urging people to keep looking out for any potentially vulnerable people in neighbourhoods.

Gary Fielding, the County Council’s Director of Strategic Resources said:

“If you helped someone in the first couple of weeks with shopping or collecting a prescription and you haven’t been in contact since, I would urge you to please keep checking they are ok.

Anyone over 70 or with underlying health conditions should not be leaving their homes.  Just putting a note through their door could be a lifeline, even if it’s just to offer them a friendly chat over the phone.”



North Yorkshire leaders to give coronavirus update tomorrow 

Leaders of North Yorkshire’s response to the coronavirus pandemic will give an update on the work they are doing, and take questions from residents and businesses, in a live broadcast tomorrow.

The update will be led by North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan.  She will be joined by Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Lisa Winward, and Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie.

Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing, posting on Twitter using the hashtag #NYscrutiny or commenting on Facebook.

It will start at 1pm and you can watch here or on YouTube.      



Two more deaths in Stray FM area

There have been two more deaths from coronavirus in the Stray FM area in the past 24 hours.  

NHS England have released the latest figures. 

You can read more here.  



On yer bike!

Here's a happy story to brighten your afternoon... 

A Harrogate doctor has been gifted a brand new bike from Halfords after his was stolen from outside the hospital. 

Dr Naresh Gnanasekaran says he was "devastated" to find it had been taken after a long shift in the emergency department last month. 

Thanks to the power of social media and celeb Nick Knowles, today he's been given a brand new bike! 

You can read more here


Prince Phillip delivers rare message to key workers

The Duke of Edinburgh has thanked key workers who are ensuring the "infrastructure of our life continues" during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a rare statement "on behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home", Philip said he recognised the "vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic".

The prince, 98, thanked medics and scientists, people working in food production, postal workers, and those collecting our rubbish.

Read the full story here


World should quarantine for a week every year according to Idris Elba 

Idris Elba has said he thinks the world should take a week of quarantine every year to "remember this time" once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

The star, who along with his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba has recovered after contracting coronavirus, said it had been a "scary" time.

As new UN Goodwill Ambassadors, the couple have joined forces with the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to launch a $40m (£32m) fund to support rural farmers trying to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Read the full story here


North Yorkshire County Council welcomes funding boost

North Yorkshire County Council has welcomed the news that it will get a share of an additional £1.6 billion in Government funding to help with the Covid-19 crisis.

The county council, along with other local authorities across the county, will learn of its individual allocation later this week.

The extra funding was announced on Saturday by Robert Jenrick MP, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Read the full story here


Local deaths due to COVID-19 reach 80 

80 people in the Stray FM area have now died from coronavirus.

The latest NHS figures reveal three patients at Airedale General passed away on Friday (17 April) and Saturday (18 April), taking the total number of deaths there to 48 since the outbreak began.

At Harrogate District Hospital, two deaths were confirmed over the weekend, with 32 now recorded there since the pandemic started.


Thank you from North Yorkshire Police

Despite the warm weather, North Yorkshire Police noted the majority of people are still observing lockdown rules and staying home.

The force have thanked people for staying at home via their Twitter page, whilst also providing a website for frequently asked questions here


Former Lord Mayor of Bradford inspired by Captain Tom Moore

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore, former Bradford Lord Mayor Gordon Mitchell will be walking 100 laps of his back garden with donations going to the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

Despite the fact that Gordon has severe mobility issues due to Parkinson's disease, he is determined to do all he can to complete this challenge and raise money for a worthy cause.

Find the fundraising page here


'Virtual Visiting' at Airedale Hospital

To enable relatives and friends to stay in contact during the coronavirus crisis, Airedale Hospital have set up a video ‘Virtual Visiting’ service using iPads.

People with loved ones staying in one of the hospital's ICU areas can get in touch with the ward beforehand and see their relative via video call, without the need to leave your own home!


Rainbow cakes by Ripon student

Kids across the country have been getting creative whilst at home, and Ripon Grammar School have shared some great culinary skills from one of their own students.

Year 7 student Anna has baked some fantastic-looking cakes topped with rainbows, a symbol that represents hope and happiness and a sign of support for the NHS.

Well done Anna!


North Yorkshire County Council helping businesses with 'instant' payments

To help businesses, North Yorkshire County Council are now paying small and medium sized suppliers (SMEs) instantly, subject to bank clearing times, instead of the standard 30-day period.

The council are asking all suppliers to now email their invoices to their named contact rather than sending them by post to ensure they are dealt with quickly and efficiently.


Government furlough scheme open for applications

The government's furlough scheme has opened for applications, with business groups warning that delays in payments could be 'catastrophic' for British companies.

HMRC has set up a new online portal which opened at 7am, and the Treasury says funds to pay workers will land in a company's bank account within six working days.

Although the government has received praise for its plans to mitigate the economic fallout of the coronavirus, it is being warned that firms need support quickly.

Read the full story here


Surprise lockdown wedding!

So many people have been forced to put major plans on hold during the coronavirus crisis, including weddings...

But some thoughtful neighbours have put on a surprise wedding for Allie and her fiance, who had planned to get married before their special day was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Neighbours surprised the couple by decorating their houses, wearing wedding outfits and even played their first dance song ‘Tenerife sea’ on a car speaker!

This is fantastic to see, and congratulations!


Harrogate charity praises "fantastic" staff

Jackie Snape, the Chief Executive of Disability Action Yorkshire, has paid tribute to the "fantastic" staff who are supporting disabled adults at its care home during the virus outbreak.  

The Yorkshire charity runs the Claro Road care home in Harrogate, where most of their residents are young disabled people and have been confined to the building during lockdown.

"The whole team has been absolutely magnificent, and I can't thank them enough for their dedication and team spirit.

"The majority of our customers are aged in their 20s and 30s, and like anyone else they are used to going out into town, meeting friends and family, and going shopping."

Jackie Snape, Chief Executive of Disability Action Yorkshire

Read the full story here


Housing market set for post-lockdown surge

The housing market is set for a surge in transactions after lockdown with people using the time at home to plan, according to a local property expert.

Although housing prices in previous pandemics have stayed around the same or slightly decreased, the fact that transactions have been forced to be put on hold means that there will be a highly competitive market when people are able to proceed with their moving plans. 

Property Expert Alex Goldstein joined Nick Hancock on Stray FM this morning to discuss the current 'freeze' on property transactions and how the coronavirus crisis has affected people looking to move house:

"Everyone has put things on hold, even solicitors and moving firms have almost downed tools due to the measures in place.

"I think as soon as the barrier comes up, you'll have that initial surge of current transactions that are under offer and they're keen to get them over the line, but also a lot of people waiting in the wings and using the downtime to plan."


Captain Tom will be the guest of honour at NHS Nightingale, Harrogate

NHS Nightingale, Harrogate is to open tomorrow (Tuesday, 21 April).

Army and NHS staff have worked round the clock to transform Harrogate Convention Centre into a 500-bed temporary hospital.

It'll be open to patients from across the Yorkshire and Humber region who are suffering from COVID-19.

War veteran Captain Tom Moore will be the guest of honour.

The 99-year-old - who grew up in Keighley - has raised over £26m for the NHS by doing 100 laps of his garden.


Let's get arty

Firefighters at Skipton Fire Station want help in redecorating!

And by that we mean, they want colourful pictures to display around the station.

The pictures will help support frontline key workers.

Anyone can get involved and put pen to paper.

Create something wonderfully colourful and positive to display at the station.

The pictures can be posted through the letterbox.


Calls for more scrubs!

Health bosses at Harrogate District Hospital are appealing for help in sourcing gowns for its staff.

Colleagues are in need of gowns that have sleeves below the elbow and be water-resistant.

Hospital chiefs are now asking the local community to help out if possible, calling on hairdressers, dental surgeries and anyone else who has access to them to please get in touch. 

To read more on this, click here.


Fantastic news!!!

The first patient who was on a ventilator as a result of having COVID-19 and now discharged has paid tribute to Harrogate Hospital staff.

Karl was discharged home on Friday having recovered from coronavirus.

He's shared a video on social media, in which he praises the care he received during his hospital stay.