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Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 14 May

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 14 May

Published by May Norman at 6:52am 14th May 2020. (Updated at 5:07pm 14th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 14 May

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):


More coronavirus patients discharged from Harrogate Hospital

15 more people have been discharged from Harrogate District Hospital this week, after recovering from coronavirus.

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

You can read more here.  



Harrogate council leader says more virtual meetings could be held post-lockdown

The leader of Harrogate Borough Council has said the authority could hold more virtual meetings once the pandemic is over.

It comes after meetings of committees, full council and cabinet were suspended when the government’s stay at home instructions were introduced in March.

But after legislation was changed to make virtual meetings possible, the council held its first on May 6.

Coun Cooper said:

“The cabinet meeting involved seven councillors and many officers. It is a relatively small committee”

“The councillors would have travelled in to Harrogate from Ripon, Pateley Bridge, Spofforth and Knaresborough. We should be thinking about how we can use this technology to stop car journeys, reduce traffic jams and cut carbon emissions.

“It is something every business should be looking at.”

In February, councillors voted against an idea to live stream meetings online.

Coun Cooper said that decision could now be revisited – but only if audience numbers stay high after lockdown is lifted.





One more coronavirus death in Stray FM area 

They were a patient at Airedale Hospital.  

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 24,159. 

You can read more here.  



Lockdown life on the autism spectrum

The past two months in lockdown have been challenging for everyone, but for those with autism, there have been extra challenges.

Even without current restrictions on everyday life, autistic people can become isolated. We've been hearing from a Harrogate mum about how seemingly routine tasks like going to the shops can be difficult.

Laura told Stray FM about some of the challenges she's experienced:

"There's been a couple of times when I've gone into the smaller shops for eggs and milk and things like that and they haven't had it. Instead of going to another shop, I've kind of lost my nerve and come home and just gone without, which obviously with two children isn't easy.

"It was getting to the point that I needed to go to a bigger supermarket and it was keeping me up at night, stressing about it... it was the unknown."

Read the full story here


Craven Council one of hardest hit local authorities

Craven District Council set to be among the top three hardest hit local authorities in England during lockdown.

New figures show Craven is more likely to suffer from a loss of income than almost any other council due to a lack of tourism and income from parking and leisure.

Despite the loss in income however, the council says it's "determined" to continue serving residents.

Read the full story here


Virtual Knaresborough Bed Race

This year's Knaresborough Bed Race has been forced to go online due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis - but how will it look?

Sira Studio have given us a glimpse into how they will be using clips sent in to recreate the iconic race online.

The virtual race, which you can appear in, will be streamed online at 3pm on Bed Race day, (13th June) and here's how it could look:


Hula-hoop fundraiser

Another day, another fantastic fundraising challenge for a worthy cause!

Rachel from Sutton-in-Craven is embarking on a 12-hour hula hoop session to raise money for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope.

Often hula-hooping at her local gym as part of a class, Rachel had the idea to challenge herself to the 12-hour session and has been collecting donations on the roadside.

She's currently at £250, so if you want to donate to a worthy cause then check out her JustGiving page.


Keighley bus driver reunited with recovering wife 

The Keighley Bus Company have shared the touching moment that one of their drivers was reunited with his wife who has won her fight against coronavirus.

The footage shows Sue, who had a very serious case of Covid-19, leaving Huddersfield General on her road to recovery.

This is great to see!


Isolation Fool

A Harrogate performer has created a lockdown-themed song titled 'Isolation Fool', which he hopes will lift the spirits of those in self-isolation,

Christian Lunn's 'Isolation Fool' is now available via YouTube and iTunes and aims to let people 'get loose and dance' - even if it's at home in your bedroom!

Check out the music video below:


Social distancing in school branded 'impossible'

A primary headteacher has written to parents urging them not to send their children back to school on 1 June because social distancing is "impossible".

Howard Fisher, head of St George's Church of England Primary School in Sheerness, Kent, says he would "rather a child repeats the year" than die.

The government's plan is to send reception, year one and year six pupils in England back on 1 June, but Mr Fisher wrote:

"I can be truthful here and categorically tell you there is no such thing as social distancing in a school; it does not exist and would never exist."

Read the full story here


Digital Library

You may not be able to visit libraries just yet, but North Yorkshire County Council's 'Digital Library' has everything you'll need to get you through lockdown.

Whether you need a new book to tuck in to, or just want to catch up with the daily newspaper, grab anything you need without leaving your home:


Captain Tom starts work on autobiography

War veteran and fundraising hero Captain Tom Moore has started work on his autobiography as he hopes to share his story and encourage people to be positive.

The Keighley-born 100-year-old touched hearts across the nation when he raised over £30 million for the NHS with his charity walk.

And now he wants to share his story with the message 'tomorrow will be a good day.'


Fish and chips in Knaresborough?

Craving fish and chips in lockdown?

JR's Fish and Chips, one of the oldest fish and chips shops in Knaresborough, is set to reopen with strict social distancing measures in place:


Struggling to get essential items?

Getting hold of essential items during self-isolation is not an easy task, which is why two Harrogate charities have been regularly updating their list of companies offering essential items.

Harrogate SOP and HELP Harrogate have teamed up to help out those who want to know where they can get items they need:


Yorkshire Fire Station 12 Hour Run

Firefighters at a West Yorkshire Fire Station managed to raise a fantastic £3,600 for NHS Charities Together yesterday with their 12 hour treadmill run.

Garforth Blue Watch were aiming to match an NHS workers' 12 hour shift via a treadmill run, with some firefighters wearing full fire kit or fancy dress!

More than 170 people donated to their JustGiving page to raise a fantastic sum for the NHS:


Beware of open water

As we start to see warmer weather and with lockdown restrictions eased, people may be starting to get outside a lot more and visiting areas that they weren't able to previously.

But this comes with a warning according to Station Manager at North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service Bob Hoskins.

Open water can be highly dangerous, and accidents can happen.

Watch the video below as firefighters from across the region warn people about the dangers open water can pose:


Cheer for volunteers

With tonight's weekly 'Clap for Carers' set to take place at 8pm, one Harrogate charity is asking that we consider those giving up their free time to help others in need during the coronavirus crisis.

Harrogate & District Community Action are asking that we 'Cheer for Volunteers' as well as our usual clap for carers:


Harrogate Town footballer's HUGE fundraising challenge

Harrogate Town footballer Beth Davies is now halfway through her fundraising challenge as she and team members of SRUSA look to raise money for the NHS by running the distance of London to New York - which is 5567km (3459 miles)!

Team members from SRUSA will be running as individuals but their cumulative distance will be calculated by adding together everyone's distance.

Beth completed a half marathon yesterday as part of the challenge - but they still need your donations!

Check out the fundraising page here


Respect Craven communities and countryside

Craven District Council leader Richard Foster is urging residents and visitors to Craven to stay at home as much as possible, respect local communities and follow social distancing at all times.

He goes on to add 'please bear in mind that many residents of rural villages are particularly vulnerable to the virus'.

The plea comes just one day after the Government has allowed people to “exercise outside as many times each day as they wish” and stated that “people may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there”. 

Read the full story here


Go contactless

If using public transport, please remember the following:


'Imagine now, explore later'

Welcome to Yorkshire has issued a brilliant message to visitors and residents following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

It's simple and so very effective:


All hail the sewers!

A group of volunteers in Ilkley who have been sewing sets of scrubs for local NHS and healthcare workers are now also making face masks for frontline staff:

The Ilkley sewers have even put a video together to illustrate how to sew a face mask:


Details on parks and recycling centres reopening in Wharfedale

A number of countryside car parks are reopening TODAY after the easing of some Government restrictions.

Bradford District Council is taking a phased approach by opening 16 car parks in the district’s popular beauty spots.

They include:

  • Ilkley White Wells,
  • Ilkley Baildon Moor Top (Dobrudden)

Ilkey's recycling centre is to re-open on Monday, 18 May.

Golden Butts in Ilkley will open between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 4pm Saturday, and 9am to 4pm Sunday.


Great news this morning....

A new coronavirus antibody test, found to be 100 per cent accurate, has been approved for use in the UK.

It may reveal how many people have had Covid-19 without symptoms and so may be immune to it.

It could be key to easing the lockdown.