Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 3 June

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 3 June

Published by May Norman at 7:31am 3rd June 2020. (Updated at 5:00pm 3rd June 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 3 June

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):



Businesses reminded about latest safety guidelines

While many are preparing to get back open with precautions in place, Harrogate Borough Council have shared the latest information.


Free mentorship scheme for North Yorkshire businesses

The scheme has been launched to help businesses in York and North Yorkshire recover from the impact of Covid-19.

You can read more about the scheme here


Test and trace strategy discussed

A meeting is taking place talking about the strategy.

In the video below Baroness Harding spoke said information not being validated means she could not reveal precise details. 


Well done Lorraine!

Lorraine Wass from Airedale Hospital has now raised over £3000 for the Airedale Charity


We're being encouraged to shop local

Many businesses have been affected by the ongoing pandemic and the challenges that has caused.

SkiptonBID have released this information on why helping local shops is so important


Companies carrying out plans for coronavirus enforced changes

These Harrogate Bus Company staff are getting ready for their afternoon shift, with the service slightly different from before.

There is a restriction on the number of passengers allowed on board, to ensure social distancing is maintained. 


Survey to recognise volunteering during Covid-19 crisis

North Yorkshire County Council are asking residents to complete a short survey to help them understand how people have been supporting others during the Coronavirus pandemic and whether they feel that the ongoing situation has helped bring communities together.

86% of residents across the region to NYCC that they had helped a neighbour during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now they want to find out about the countless other acts of kindness that have gone unreported:



Airedale Hospital's anniversary challenge

Airedale Hospital are getting creative to celebrate their 50th anniversary, inviting people to take part in the 50 for 50 challenge.

Having first opened in 1970, the celebration set for July 5th would have no doubt been more elaborate if not for the current pandemic, but the Hospital are hoping to get as many people involved as possible in their latest fundraising idea.

Some of the ideas they have that people can do to get involved include:

  • Learn 50 new spellings
  • Walk 50 miles
  • Read 50 books
  • Bake 50 buns

Jodie Hearnshaw, Fundraising and Recognition Manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Now more than ever we would love people to get involved in fundraising for our hospital whilst celebrating this special occasion."


Beware of Track & Trace scammers

Last week the government launched its Test and Trace service aimed at contacting those who may have come into contact with coronavirus - but scammers are using the service to exploit vulnerable people.

Scammers are using the service to send fake Test and Trace messages that are actually phishing attempts. 

Check out the guide on how to identify the legitimate messages here


Event for child's mental health

The Coronavirus crisis and the closing of schools across the country may have had an effect on the mental health of our children, but an event has been set up for this Friday to give them and their parents any support they need.

Sharing Voices Bradford are hosting a webinar on Friday 5th June at 2pm, welcoming parents who are worried about their child's mental health and want to get help.

The free event is getting booked up quick, so follow the link below if you're interested:


Covid-19 update from North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council have given an update on their response to their Coronavirus pandemic and how they are acting to manage the spread of the virus.

Richard Flinton, the Chief Executive at NYCC, said:

"We are edging slowly but surely towards being able to provide the sort of hearty North Yorkshire welcome people expect in our beautiful county – but everything hangs very carefully in the balance and we all hold the key to success – individually and collectively."

Read the full update from Richard Flinton below:


Look after t'countryside

After a weekend infamous for littering, fires and anti-social behaviour across some of the North Yorkshire countryside, we're being reminded to be wary of our own social responsibility.  

Ben from Yorkshire Prose has taken to social media to ask people across the area (in his typical Yorkshire fashion) to respect the countryside now that lockdown restrictions are to be eased - :


Ibuprofen tested as treatment to reduce COVID-19 symptoms

Ibuprofen is being tested to assess whether it can prevent severe breathing problems in coronavirus patients and reduce the number of people needing treatment in intensive care units.

Researchers at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and King's College London are looking at whether "a specific form" of the cheap anti-inflammatory drug can help cut serious side effects from COVID-19, potentially leading to shorter hospital stays.

Read the full story here

Lots of pills and tablets used for medication - medicine

Heartwarming moment that NHS worker is reunited with children

Make sure you've got some tissues nearby... 

A heartwarming video of an NHS worker being reunited with her young daughters after nine weeks apart has gone viral.

Suzie Vaughan, 43, spent more than two months away from her daughters Hettie, seven, and Bella, nine, while she worked on a coronavirus ward.

In the video, she is seen sneaking up behind her children, who had been staying with her sister Charlotte:


Walking in the Dales

Whether you're from Yorkshire or just visiting some of the more beautiful parts of the region, be sure to stay safe and protect the area's natural beauty.

Yorkshire Dales have pulled together some different routes and areas for you to see if you're planning on visiting the area for your daily exercise permitted by lockdown rules:


Harrogate students bringing joy to care homes

Sunflowers and a friendly card will be delivered to older residents in Harrogate as a group of students from Rossett School aim to bring joy to their neighbours during lockdown.

Around ten students in Years 7 to 11 are involved in the ‘Sunshine Smiles’ project, which will see pots of sunflowers and bedding plants delivered to 22 care homes in Harrogate.

They have spent the half term week decorating the pots with colourful fabric, planting them with a range of bright flowers, and writing cards to accompany them.

The initiative has been led by English teacher Cheryl Hughes and art teacher Mary Warden. Horticap have donated sunflower resources, and Harrogate Borough Council Nurseries the bedding plants, pots and compost.

Read the full story here

Sunshine smiles

Update from Ripon Races

Horse racing is returning to Ripon Racecourse - but behind closed doors and without spectators.

The sport was forced to take a temporary break following the Coronavirus outbreak, as it became unsafe for spectators and all those involved in racedays.

The behind-closed-doors race at Ripon Racecourse will be on Saturday 20th June:


NHS Nightingale hospital to provide CT scans

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate, which was set up to help in the fight against Coronavirus, will begin offering clinical CT scans to some patients from across the region from Thursday.

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust will be the first trusts to use the facility - and will provide appointments seven days a week. 

NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber was set up as part of the region’s Covid-19 response, and has been on standby since it was opened in April.

Read the full story here


Harrogate deaths outside hospital rise

Coronavirus-related deaths outside hospital in Harrogate rose by more than a fifth at the end of May, new figures reveal.

Although statistics show weekly Covid-19 fatalities across the UK are falling, scientists say the high overall death rate is because the coronavirus epidemic started earlier than predicted, with care homes poorly protected.

A Public Health England review into disparities around the risk of coronavirus has identified age as the biggest factor, with pensioners aged 80 or older 70 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than those under 40.

Read the full story here


Boroughbridge youngster making face masks

A 12 year-old girl from Boroughbridge is making protective face masks to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.

Nellie Rawlings, who goes to St Aidan's School in Harrogate,  is making them in memory of her uncle Paul who passed away last summer. With some help from her mum Katie, she has made 220 masks - and raised £500.  

Nellie's Mum Katie Rawlings said:

"Nellie put the masks in a bucket hanging on our gate in Boroughbridge, just asking people for donations, and it's gone a bit crazy really.   She's very busy folding, stitching, ironing - she's done a brilliant job."

Read the full story here

A 12 year-old girl from Boroughbridge is making face masks to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.

Covid-19 testing

Government-run sites will be available across in the area in the coming days for those who wish to get a test for Covid-19.

The sites will be in Harrogate, Scarborough, Leyburn and Northallerton, but be sure to register online beforehand:


Working from home?

Although some people are back at work, there are still those working from home as part of government advice around preventing the spread of Coronavirus.

If your current office is your kitchen table or your living room chair, don't forget to take breaks!

Breaks can help manage stress and give you some much-needed time away from screens:


“Harrogate Welcomes You”

Ahead of Harrogate businesses and shops starting to reopen, the town’s Business Improvement District (BID) has produced a series of posters and floor stickers to assist staff and customers with social distancing measures.

The “Harrogate Welcomes You” pack – which are free to all businesses within the BID district and have been created by De-Signs and Skinny Design – contain:

  • 1 x window graphic
  • 6 x posters
  • 6 x 2m apart floor stickers
  • 6 x two feet floor stickers

Whilst the posters encourage the washing or sanitising of hands regularly and to keep doorways clear so people can enter and exit safely, the floor stickers are a reminder of the 2m distancing social distancing rule.

Read the full story here


Mobile COVID-19 testing unit is back

The drive through mobile coronavirus centre is back in Harrogate today.

It's at the Hydro car park - but it's by appointment only.

Details on how to make an appointment can be found here:


All aboard 

There will be some further changes to buses in and around Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

The Harrogate Bus Company has shared some adjustments to its services.

It has added more buses as they are limiting the number of people that use each bus due to the social distancing measures that are still in place.


"Police will use the full force of the law to crack down on anti-social behaviour"

Visitors are showing a lack of respect to North Yorkshire, claims North Yorkshire's Police Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Julia Mulligan has taken part in another Live Youtube Question and Answer session.

She was joined by:

  • Assistant Chief Constable of North Yorkshire, Mike Walker
  • Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County council, Richard Flinton
  • North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue