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Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 23, April

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 23, April

Published by May Norman at 6:55am 23rd April 2020. (Updated at 5:37pm 23rd April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 23 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):


Essential workers to get coronavirus tests through employers 

The health secretary's announced essential workers are going to be able to get coronavirus tests through their employers.

Matt Hancock says there's now capacity for 51-thousand tests a day to be carried out.


Boroughbridge care home used to treat recovering virus patients

A care home in Boroughbridge is being used to treat recovering coronavirus patients.  

30 beds have been made available at Springfield Garth.

It is the first care home in the county to be used as a ‘step-down facility’.

You can read more here.  



Seven more patients discharged from Harrogate District Hospital 

Seven people have been discharged from Harrogate District Hospital this week after recovering from Covid-19. 

58 people have now been discharged in total after being treated for the virus. 

You can read more here.  


RAF Chinook takes off

The helicopter, which was delivering PPE to the Nightingale Hospital, has now departed the Stray. 


Wellbeing and treat packages for NHS staff at Nightingale Hospital 

They've been delivered from Leeds by delivery firm DPD.

You can read more here.  



Two more coronavirus deaths in Stray FM area

They were both patients at Airedale Hospital. 

You can read more here.  


RAF Chinook helicopter lands on the Stray

It was carrying PPE for staff at the Nightingale Hospital. 

You can read more here.  



Weddings unavailable to book until 2021

Unfortunately weddings are being affected by the coronavirus crisis and booked ceremonies are being postponed across the area.

North Yorkshire County Council are not able to conduct wedding ceremonies until at least 7th May and will not take any new bookings until after 1st January 2021.

There are also changes to registering births and deaths, all of which can be found here


Euro 2021 postponed

Yet another major sporting event has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis as the Women's Euro 2021 tournament, due to be played in England, has been moved to July 2022.

The news from UEFA will come as a blow to the England Ladies squad, including Harrogate-born and ex-Leeds footballer Rachel Daly.


Railway trespassing on the rise

Network Rail is warning people in Yorkshire about the dangers of trespassing on the railway, as 57 incidents have been recorded in the region since lockdown began. 

Trespassers have been spotted on lines across the region, with almost one third of the incidents involve children or young people.

Network rail says the number of incidents is "worrying", whilst parents are being urged to check where their children are playing.

Read the full story here


Northern trains celebrate the NHS!

Northern has unveiled a new design for four very special trains – one of which has been named Key Worker - designed to celebrate the incredible work of the NHS.

From today, four Northern trains will be operating with new livery which thanks all NHS staff for their efforts in helping tackle coronavirus.

The idea to add the design came from Northern Conductor Team Manager Angela Burke who wanted to do something to show appreciation for the NHS.

Read the full story and see the photos here


Thank you from Yorkshire Ambulance!

Yorkshire Ambulance have thanked children across the area who have been sending in their pictures as a thank you for their hard work in fighting against coronavirus.

A lot of the pictures feature rainbows and other encouraging messages and now feature on Yorkshire Ambulances 'Tree of Life' in their Emergency Operations Centre.


Is this the way to Amarillo (again)?

Peter Kay's #BigNightInAmarillo is picking up pace across the country, with various people and groups taking part including staff at Harrogate District Hospital.

And now West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have thrown their own version into the mix, and have received praise from the man himself!

Peter Kay has been retweeting a lot of the spoof videos on his own Twitter page and has shared the video below with his 764,000 followers:


Households asked to provide throat swabs

Tens of thousands of households in England are being asked to take part in a new study to track the spread of COVID-19.

The research is aimed at understanding the current rate of infection and how many people have developed antibodies to the coronavirus.

The first part of the study will involve around 20,000 households in England, chosen to be representative of the UK population in age and geography, who will provide nose and throat swabs and answer questions during a home visit by a healthcare worker.

Read the full story here


Happy Shakespeare Day!

23rd April is otherwise known as Shakespeare Day - a day to celebrate one of the world's most famous playwrights!

And Coppice Valley Primary School have put together a fitting tribute for the great man with a video:


Pride of Britain award for Captain Tom Moore

Captain Tom Moore's inspirational fundraising journey has been recognised with a Pride of Britain award, after the veteran raised just over £28 million for NHS Charities Together.

The Keighley resident decided to walk 100 laps of his garden for his 100th birthday with the hope of raising £1000, but his current total stands out over 28,000 times that!

Very well deserved!


Fines issued in North Yorkshire on the rise

Police in North Yorkshire say they are coming across increasing numbers of groups of people – including nine men who had travelled from Bradford to the Dales - breaking lockdown rules.   

North Yorkshire Police plan to step up patrols to catch people who are not following lockdown rules, and have already been issuing an increasing number of fines.

Read the full story here


Fantastic news coming out of Teal Beck House...

An Otley care home resident is back up and in the lounge again after beating Covid-19!

After a tough couple of weeks, Teal Beck House care home has revealed Geoffrey is expected to make a full recovery.

Excellent news!


Harrogate Council facing £10m shortfall

Harrogate Borough Council is expecting to be around £10 million short of cash to fund services following the coronavirus outbreak.

It claims most of the cash is from lost income from its leisure facilities and car parks as well as the impact on business rates and council tax income.

Leader of the council Richard Cooper has said it is difficult to know the long-term impact:

“Our cash flow has been hit hard and it is difficult to know the long-term impact of that.  

"What I can say though is that we will continue to prioritise spending on front line services, on our retail centres, on community facilities, on the homeless and those at risk of homelessness and on supporting the voluntary organisations that make our area the special place it is."

Read the full story here


TikTok takeover

More TikTok craziness from North Yorkshire firefighters.

These are great to see though - it makes me smile - so keep them coming!



Have you seen kindhearted initiative by two Harrogate school girls?

They've designed and created a handful of goods - which celebrate the community spirit in Harrogate.

All have the logo - 'Happygate'.

All proceeds are going to the Harrogate Easier Living Project which works with volunteers to help vulnerable people remain living safe and well at home and stay connected with their community.

This is brilliant - let's get behind them both and support their hard work!


Drive-in coronavirus testing

We brought you this yesterday but a reminder about the drive-through coronavirus testing facility at Poppleton Park and Ride in York.

It's part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other key workers.

It's operating on an appointment-only basis.

Read more here.


A reminder...

Health bosses are continuing to remind us of how to stay virus-free by following the below advice:


Louis turns two

Prince Louis’s made his own rainbow poster - a symbol of hope which many are using to during the outbreak.

Photographs have been released by William and Kate to mark his second birthday today.


Top police chief pens letter to children of staff

The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police has written to all children of the force.

In a lovely, personal letter, Nick Adderley has paid tribute to his staff during these difficult times.

He goes on to say their job in keeping people safe is extremely important.

He adds that the boys and girls should be very proud of their mums and dads!

It's a lovely touch!


Is this the way to Amarillo?

Staff at Harrogate District Hospital have recreated a Peter Kay comic relief music video. 

They've staged their own version of the iconic Amarillo music video yesterday (22 April).

In the video, which was taken in one shot, they can be seen marching down the corridors to the Comic Relief smash hit. 

It's brilliant!