Coronavirus – update: Thursday, 18 June

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Published by May Norman at 9:08am 18th June 2020. (Updated at 4:40pm 18th June 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 18 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):


Ten more coronavirus patients discharged from Harrogate Hospital 

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

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


Maternity visits to be allowed at Harrogate Hospital 

There are changes to the rules around maternity visits at Harrogate Hospital.  Visits will be allowed as coronavirus restrictions are eased.   The hospital says the health and safety of patients and staff remain their priority.


Council tax bills cut in Harrogate 

There are plans to cut council tax bills for struggling households in the Harrogate district.

Around 5,000 homes will have their bills reduced by ?150. It'll be done through the government's hardship fund. You can read more here.  


Another death in Stray FM area

There's been another coronavirus death in the Stray FM area. 

They were a patient at Harrogate Hospital.  The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 28,175. You can read more here.  


Rise in drug offences 'not a surprise'

The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has said an apparent sharp rise in drug offences during lockdown in the county is "not a surprise".

Julia Mulligan was reacting after figures from the force suggested drugs offences had risen by 99 to 367 - an increase of 37% from the two months before lockdown to the two months after lockdown. The figures also showed that the March 23rd to May 25th period saw ten per cent more drugs offences than over the same dates last year. Read the full story here


Buy local

North Yorkshire County Council have created a new website to enable North Yorkshire businesses and tradespeople who can work under Covid-19 restrictions to share what they offer with customers who need their services.

If you've reopened since government restrictions eased and want to let people know what you're offering and how you've adapted, register with NYCC's 'Buy Local' directory below:


Family quiz coming up?

Quizzes with family and friends have been so popular during lockdown as people try and keep in contact with loved ones whilst abiding by social distancing rules - but at this point it's not easy coming up with questions that haven't already been done... If you're stuck for ideas, feel free to borrow these questions from Welcome to Yorkshire's 'Yorkshire round' and test your knowledge on the region:


York City launch 'Protect Promotion' campaign

York City Football Club are launching a 'Protect Promotion' appeal, as they call for new regulation that protects the amount of promotion places if a season is curtailed early and play-offs do not take place. Due to Coronavirus, many clubs, including York City and Harrogate Town, found themselves in an ambiguous position, with play-offs confirmed to go ahead but no regulations to protect two promotion places should play-offs be cancelled.

Read more below:

? Today we launched our #ProtectPromotion petition to request more clarity in regards to promotion and playoff places at all levels of the game.#YCFC ??

-- York City FC (@YorkCityFC) June 18, 2020 11:59am

Quarter of people tested positive missed by tracers

At least a quarter of people who test positive for COVID-19 in the UK are being missed by contact tracers following up who they could have transmitted the virus on to. Of the 5,949 people who tested positive for coronavirus between 4 and 10 June, only 73% provided details of who they had been in close contact with, according to the latest NHS figures.

But of the 44,895 people who were identified as close contacts of these people - and potentially at risk of having caught COVID-19 - more than 40,900 (90%) were reached and asked to self-isolate. The figures mean that at least a quarter of people who test positive for the virus are being missed because there is a disparity between the numbers of people testing positives and the numbers being referred to the contact tracers. Read the full story here

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 18 June11:05am

Captain Tom pays tribute to Vera Lynn

Keighley-born war veteran Captain Tom Moore, who shot to fame after raising more than ?30 million for NHS Charities Together during lockdown, has paid tribute to the late Dame Vera Lynn.

Dame Vera Lynn, who died today surrounded by close relatives, was dubbed the Forces' Sweetheart after her singing helped to raise morale during the Second World War by entertaining British troops.

A message from Tom. 'A real shame, I really thought Vera Lynn would live longer she's been speaking so well on TV recently. She had a huge impact on me in Burma and remained important to me throughout my life. My thoughts are with Dame Vera Lynn's family at this sad time'

-- Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) June 18, 2020 10:51am

Parking fees return to normal

Since the start of the lockdown, parking enforcement has targeted only dangerous and obstructive parking, but full enforcement was reintroduced from Monday 15th June and is now back to normal.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:

"At any time, parking enforcement is an essential tool in helping to manage traffic flow to provide ease of access for all road users. "As our towns open up it is important to manage traffic and to support the emergency active travel measures implemented to enable pedestrians and cyclists to maintain social distancing."

Read more below:


Times like these

Staff working for the North West Ambulance Service felt that they wanted to focus on something positive during the recent tough times, so have put together their own rendition of 'Times like these' in the hope of raising important funds for the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Charity. Watch the video below and if you feel like donating, you can find their fundraising page here

Wow, already over 5,000 views.

Have you seen our amazing #TeamNWAS take on their own rendition of 'Times Like These.' Well worth a watch - they're amazing! ??

-- North West Ambulance Service (@NWAmbulance) June 17, 2020 10:02am

Life in lockdown

Now this is epic! A photographer from Skipton has documented life in lockdown with his 2 and 4-year-old children the only way he knows how - and the result is quite something!

Jon Shardlow of Photography for little people has produced a video featuring his family in a backyard adventure, and explained his thoughts behind it:

"What started off as a silly idea to kill some time and blow off steam during lockdown ended up turning into a bit of an epic backyard adventure and I'm sure that at least some other parents can relate to this as well!"

Check out the video below via Facebook below:


Harrogate Stonefall centre re-opens today

Harrogate Stonefall household waste recycling centre is re-opening today (Thursday 18th June) - the last waste recycling centre in North Yorkshire to re-open. It will be open as usual six days a week (closed Wednesdays) from 8.30am to 5pm. Hardcore, rubble, plasterboard, tyres and wastes from charities will not be accepted at Stonefall, and along with other sites there is a temporary restriction meaning the site cannot accept commercial waste or any waste delivered in trailers. 

Read the full story here


North Yorkshire Police use HGV to tackle bad driving

North Yorkshire Police have been using an unmarked HGV to tackle bad driving during the Coronavirus lockdown. The truck has been travelling key routes as part of 'Operation Tramline', with officers using it to give them a vantage point - motorists can then be pulled over by marked units and the driver dealt with. The operation began on 1st June and covered key routes around the county.

Highways England lends the lorry cab to police forces around the country, to help them keep the roads safe. Police said the driving they observed by the vast majority of road users was "overwhelmingly responsible". Read the full story here

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 18 June9:17am

Harrogate Town to contest play-offs

Harrogate Town will now enter the play-offs following a vote by National League clubs to determine the season on a points-per-game basis.

Simon Weaver's side were six points behind Barrow when the season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The vote means Harrogate Town finish second with the Cumbrian side being promoted as champions of the National League and will also see the end-of-season play-offs take place. But the decision is still subject to final ratification by the FA Council.

Read the full story here

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