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Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 21 May

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 21 May

Published by May Norman at 7:58am 21st May 2020. (Updated at 4:17pm 21st May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 21 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):


Preparing for the clap for key workers

The Manor House in Knaresborough are preparing for the weekly clap for key workers.

Tonight at 8pm, the UK will join together in appreciation of our frontline workers.

How will you be saying 'thank you'?


Harrogate Hospital visiting rules revised

Visiting rules at Harrogate District Hospital have been revised to allow more patients to be seen by family.

Previously, visiting was suspended except from in exceptional circumstances.

There are now a number of cases where visitors will be allowed.

Click here for all the details.


Another death confirmed in Stray FM area

Another coronavirus death has been confirmed in the Stray FM area.  

They were a patient at Airedale Hospital.  

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 25,266.

Click here for the full story.


Testing deal reached

Antibody tests will be available on the NHS following an agreement between the government and pharmaceutical firm Roche, Downing Street has said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will set out further details later about a deal on the supply of the tests - which show if someone has had COVID-19 and if they have gained immunity - after negotiations were carried out.

The prime minister's official spokesman told reporters: "The tests will be free for people who need them, as you would expect."

Click here for the full story.


Rail disruption over bank holiday weekend

There's disruption for rail passengers in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale over the Bank Holiday weekend.

There will be no direct trains linking Leeds and Harrogate from Saturday until Tuesday.  

Trains between Leeds and Carlisle will start from Skipton from Saturday until Monday.

Click here for more details.


Renewed plea not to use sky lanterns

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have renewed their plea to people not to use sky-lanterns.

They're concerned people will light them as part of the weekly clap for key workers this evening.

However, the fire service says they pose risks to the public and wildlife.

People are also being reminded about the importance of social distancing.


Under-30s admit breaking lockdown rules

Confidence in the government in England has dropped since the lockdown was eased, with more than half of young adults no longer sticking strictly to the rules, according to a new survey.

Researchers questioned more than 90,000 adults and found those under 30 most dissatisfied.

They found less than 50% of younger adults are "completely" complying with COVID-19 restrictions such as social distancing and staying at home.

Read the full story here.


Emmerdale resumes filming

Exciting news for Emmerdale fans!

The popular ITV soap has resumed filming after temporarily stopping due to the Coronavirus crisis.

Cast and crew have returned to the show's Leeds studio whilst observing social distancing and added safety measures.


Concern for pre-existing mental health issues

A Harrogate mum who has suffered from her own mental health problems fears lockdown will be toughest on those with pre-existing mental health conditions.

Jo McGregor has previously suffered postnatal depression and wants to make sure people who are worried to reach out to the support networks are out there:

"If you have had a pre-existing mental health condition, a lot of the stuff we're doing during lockdown is really reminiscent of those tough times.

"Previously, when I had a depressive episode you don't leave the house, you are withdrawn, you don't communicate with people and you lose the structure of a normal day. It is tough."

Read the full story here


More on Harrogate testing centre

A mobile coronavirus testing centre will return to Harrogate this week - and anyone over the age of five with symptoms can now get tested.

The drive-through facility will set up at Harrogate Hydro car park on Friday 22nd May and Saturday 23rd May.

It is being organised by the Ministry of Defence and Department of Health and Social Care.

Read the full story here


Rossett Adult Learning move courses online

Rossett Adult Learning have expanded their offering of online courses to 89, allowing students to learn a variety of topics from the comfort of their own home.

Rossett enjoyed a successful launch of online courses last month, with topics ranging from French Culture to Art History, and had over 400 students take part in the first 5 weeks of courses.

And with a new term set to bring a host of new courses at the start of June, learners new and old are being encouraged to enrole now to avoid disappointment!


Keep washing those hands

We've been told since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak to keep washing our hands, but some people may not realise just how effective it can be.

A report says hand-washing on a frequent basis reduces the chances of contracting the disease by 36%, if we wash them around 6 to 10 times a day.

The report looked at data from 2006-2009 on diseases similar to COVID-19, and found that hand-washing on a frequent basis significantly reduced the chances of contracting an infection compared to doing it zero to five times a day.

Keep washing those hands!


More on bank holiday relief service

Despite the easing of some lockdown restrictions many people are required to remain at home, and over the coming bank holiday weekend North Yorkshire County Council is once again leading a relief service for anyone who needs help with getting essential items.

“We have staff and extra volunteers who have once more come forward to meet any additional demand but people are encouraged to think ahead about what they might need,” said Gary Fielding, the County Council’s Director of Strategic Resources.

“The public holiday relief operations so far have proved incredibly successful, and the widespread positive response to the call to be prepared has meant there has only been modest demand for help with shopping and other essentials over the four-day break.  However, we will continue this important service for those in need.”

Read more about the relief service here


Here to help

We want to help our local businesses by providing a FREE platform to announce if they are making changes during the slow release from lockdown.

If you're a business please feel free to submit your information below to let us know what you're doing.  Perhaps you're planning to re-open, already open, or open for certain sectors.  Maybe you're continuing a delivery service to help people or you're changing your hours as we head out of lockdown.  

Use this service to list for FREE:


Bonfire warning

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning residents against lighting bonfires during lockdown.

The service has already seen some cases of bonfires spreading to sheds and hedges...


Heading outdoors?

If you're heading out into the sun this Bank Holiday, be sure you're mindful of the guidance on spending time outdoors.

People and their households can relax in the park, sunbathe, go for a picnic and go fishing, and will also be able to spend time with one member of another household, one-on-one, as long as they adhere to strict social distancing guidelines at all times, staying 2 metres apart:


Covid-19 testing

Testing for Coronavirus is now available for anyone above the age of 5 who is experiencing symptoms.

Military run testing sites are now available at sites in Drax, Harrogate, Whitby, Leyburn and Pickering:


Mental Health reminder 

Looking after your own mental health and that of those close to you is massively important during lockdown.

If you or someone you know is struggling, Yorkshire Ambulance Service's 'Every Mind Matters'  offers helpful tips and advice to help you get the support you need:


World Cup of Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' continues today as they look to crown the best hotel in Yorkshire!

The competition has been keeping us entertained throughout lockdown as we look ahead to when we can visit hotels again, and several big names from the Stray FM area are through to the next round.

Vote for your favourite via the Twitter poll to see them get the recognition they deserve!


New addition to Ripon Hospital

Ripon Community Hospital have made a small addition to the front of the hospital to lift spirits of staff and patients alike.

The rainbow has become both a signal of hope and a nod of appreciation for our key workers throughout the Coronavirus crisis, and now this one outside the hospital is bring smiles to faces within the Ripon community.

This is great to see!


Harrogate Scrubbers


North Yorkshire bank holiday relief operation

Preparations are underway again to provide relief to those isolating in North Yorkshire over the bank holiday weekend, with people being urged to get ready for it. 

Despite the easing of some lockdown restrictions many people are required to remain at home and over the coming bank holiday weekend North Yorkshire County Council is once again leading a relief service for anyone who needs help with getting essentials such as shopping and prescriptions. 

Read the full story here


Fresh meals delivered across Harrogate

Support Older People (SOP) have been doing their best to help protect the vulnerable across the area throughout the Coronavirus crisis - including preparing fresh meals delivered to those struggling to get hold of food.

And their chef, Paul, has just reached a major milestone as he hands out his 1,500th meal!

If you want to help support Paul and the work being done by SOP, head to their JustGiving page here


EasyJet to resume flights next month

EasyJet says it plans to resume a small number of flights next month with strict safety protocols for passengers and crew alike.

Top of the measures, the no-frills carrier said, would be the wearing of face masks for all those aboard its aircraft.

The company said it would likely operate domestic flights only within the UK and France from 15th June - with further routes added when able and expected to be profitable.

The UK airports to see the limited services return include Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast, the company said.

Read the full story here


Shopping safely at our markets

Some of the district's markets are back up and running.

Stallholders will be exercising the social distancing rules and encouraging all shoppers to do the same.

Today, Ripon market is open for business.


Airedale NHS takes part in new COVID-19 study

Coronavirus patients are being recruited by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust to take part in a new study of the virus. 

The research, announced by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock, will help better understand the virus and support the search for treatments.

More than 170 NHS hospitals across the country are taking part.


Supporting local businesses

Questions are being asked about how businesses will adapt to new ways of working once they reopen.

Social distancing and other measures could still be in place for some time and firms across the Stray FM area are wondering how they continue trading.

Skipton BID is hosting a webinar event for those companies who have questions regarding reopening.


BIG thank you to our teachers

Yesterday was 'Thank a Teacher' day - with many students, parents and other teachers paying tribute to the hard work of teachers.

They are playing a key role in helping with home schooling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tockwith Primary school sent their teachers this message:


Drop in COVID-19 hospital admissions

A drop in the number of hospital admissions for COVID-19 in North Yorkshire suggests the county has passed the peak.

Richard Flinton, who is chair of the Local Resilience Forum made the claim.

He goes on to add that coronavirus is still with us and it's a 'real risk that we need to manage'.