North Yorkshire County Council – update on infection rates and useful summary of current lockdown rules – 18 January 2021

These are unprecedented times and we recognise that going into a third national lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be very difficult for many of you.

Covid-19 infection rate in North Yorkshire

The Covid-19 infection rate in North Yorkshire remains high and it is essential that everyone continues to follow the rules and does not to relax their vigilance. While infection rates in the county have reduced in recent days, they remain many times higher than they were last summer after the first lockdown. The new variant of the virus is far more transmissible than the earlier strain and infection rates could easily rise again unless we all follow the rules to stay at home expect for essential journeys. The NHS is continuing to roll out the vaccination programme across the county, focusing on people living in care homes for older adults; people over the age of 80 years old and frontline health and care workers first, and it is important we all keep up our guard while this takes place. Please read the information below about how you can play your part and how to seek support if you need it.

See the latest Covid-19 data.

The information below is designed to help you to understand what this means for us all in North Yorkshire, and to make sure you know what support is available. We also want you to know that no-one in North Yorkshire should feel alone.

What is the current risk?

The new variant of the virus moves between people much more easily. A small amount of exposure can lead to infection. We know that people mixing inside homes has been a key way in which the virus transfers, so please play your part and do not meet other people inside. Infection rates have been rising very quickly in many areas of North Yorkshire, regardless of how rural the communities are. It is important to remember that one in three people with Covid has no symptoms and can be spreading it without knowing.

Here is a summary of the key points of this national lockdown. You are only allowed to leave home to:

  • shop for essentials for your household or a vulnerable person/people you are helping and this should be as locally as possible;
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot work from home;
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day and you should stay local;
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one;
  • seek medical help or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse); and
  • attend education or childcare, for anyone who is eligible.

You can find information from the government website. You can find out more about help and advice in this area on our website.

What is a support bubble?

If you live alone or are a single parent who lives only with your children, you can meet one other household without social distancing. This is called a support bubble. Not everyone meets the government criteria for a support bubble and you can check if you do on the government website, above.

Symptoms

The main symptoms are a new and continuous cough, a fever, loss of taste and/or smell. Find out more about the symptoms.

If you feel unwell, with even mild Covid symptoms, please protect your friends and family by behaving as though you are infectious – self-isolate and book a test. You can book a test online or call 119.

If you are required to isolate, you must comply for the full period required. This is ten days for anyone who tests positive or for anyone who lives with, or has come into contact with, anyone who tests positive. You are increasing the risk for others if you do not.

Supporting each other

Thank you to everyone looking out for friends and neighbours, and the many thousands of volunteers helping people across North Yorkshire. Please keep checking on people who might need a hand with things like shopping, collecting medication of just having someone to talk to. A brief telephone chat can make a huge difference to people who may feel lonely or isolated. Please keep in touch with friends and neighbours by phone or online. Find advice about how to help safely.

We all know that mental and physical health is important. All of us are allowed to undertake daily exercise, outdoors, once a day if we can. As long as we keep two metres apart, we can exercise with someone from another household, too.

What to do if you need help

If you need help with shopping or other essentials, please let family, friends or neighbours know how they can help you. If you do not have anyone to help you, you can contact us and we will direct you to help in your area.

You can complete an online form to let us know what help you need. We are currently dealing with a high number of phone calls, so please use this form if you can. If you do not have access to the internet, our contact centre is open seven days a week between 8am and 5.30pm so please call 01609 780 780.

Shielding

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are being asked to shield again. If you are in this group, the government will write to you with the latest advice. We will continue to offer support to North Yorkshire residents who are asked to shield. There is an online form to let us know what support you need. If you do not have access to the internet, our contact centre is open seven days a week between 8am and 5.30pm so please call  01609 780 780.

Vaccine roll-out

The NHS in North Yorkshire is working hard to roll out vaccinations across many sites that are equipped to deliver it. When it is your turn, your GP will contact you directly and give you an appointment. If you cannot attend, please let them know so they can re-arrange the appointment for you and vaccinate someone else. Surgeries and other NHS staff are really busy, so it is important everyone remains patient and waits for their invitation.

Team North Yorkshire

As well as working with a network of community support organisations helping people right across the county, North Yorkshire is fortunate to have a strong spirit of volunteering. There are hundreds of people out there who can help you so please do not feel alone. Thanks again for looking out for those around you. We know that many people will want to get involved in their communities and help where they can. If you have the time and want to volunteer, we can introduce you to local organisations in your own community. See more information about volunteering.

Buy Local

If you cannot get out, there are also lots of great North Yorkshire businesses standing by to deliver services and shopping direct to you. There has probably never been a more important time to support local businesses. We encourage you to shop locally to support jobs and the economy at this really difficult time. Please have a look at our Buy Local website for details of businesses in your area.

Thank you

Even with the new lockdown measures, we still have personal responsibilities to protect ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours. Please remain careful, whether at home or outside for the permitted reasons. Act as if you have the virus and Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives. Thank you.

 

Vaccinations update/cervical screening

We have received the following from  Leyburn Medical Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Vaccinations

Currently, Richmondshire is receiving only limited quantities of the Astra Zeneca (AZ) vaccine with the instruction that this must first be used for care home patients and staff and those patients over 80 who have not yet received a vaccination. This means that it is not possible at the moment to arrange full clinics at Tennants. At the moment, it is not known when the next batches of either the AZ or Pfizer vaccine will be delivered to Richmondshire.

Please remember too that this is not a practice based programme, the vaccines delivered are for the whole of Richmondshire  which means that individual practices are not permitted to move onto the next group of patients until the first group for all of Richmondshire has been vaccinated.

Cervical Screening

The practice is encouraging all eligible patients to attend for their cervical screenings.

 

Bogus Police Officer telephone scam

On 12th January 2021, North Yorkshire Police received 6 reports from across the county where victims had received a call from a male claiming to be a police officer. In each report the name given by the fraudster and the force area they claimed to work from differed but the approach to the victim was always the same. The ‘officer’ would claim that they had a male in custody they believed to be the grandson/nephew etc of the person being called and that this person was in possession of their bank and credit cards. The person being called was asked to immediately call their bank or the police on 911 to verify this was genuine. This was when the potential victims realised the call was a scam as they were told not to necessarily wait for a dialling tone and to use the phone they were talking on. Obviously if the intended victim did this, they would not be talking to their bank or the police but to the fraudsters.

Please be aware of this type of call and remember, if you ever do need to contact the police or bank to verify, use a different line from the one being called on. Never allow yourself to be rushed and if in doubt immediately terminate the call.

If you wish to receive bulletins from the Police on this and other types of local crime and receive advice on how to avoid becoming a victim, please register at www.nycm.co.uk

More information on scams and frauds are available on this website at https://middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk/keeping-safe-and-getting-help/.  Fortunately, there are teams working against the scammers and fraudsters and you can read about their activity and successes at that link.

Town Council opening hours

Following the announcement of stricter measures on 4 January, the Council Office in the Key Centre will remain closed.  You may still send an email to office@middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk or call the Clerk on 07531 580499.

Your Town Councillors may be contacted on the following numbers.

Councillor Susan Fairhurst: 01969 622993

Councillor Honor Byford: 01969 625304

Councillor Martin Cade: 01969 622090

Councillor Lorna Skelton: 07793 673240

Councillor Simon Wheeler: 07753 543589

Councillor Nigel Hopper: 07594 814524

Councillor Greg Fortune: 07521 626743

Covid vaccinations – message from Medical Centres – updated 12 January 2020

The Chair of  Leyburn Medical Practice has written as follows:

This is just to reassure you, and anyone who might ask you, that despite the recent poor weather, no doses of the vaccine have been lost or wasted at any of the vaccination clinics held locally. As we would expect, Leyburn Medical Centre, like every other practice, has supplied the vaccination centre with reserve lists of patients to call at short notice, should this be necessary. Patients should still wait to be invited to attend as the centres work through the Government’s priority groups.

Previous message was:

We have received the following message, if you are expecting to be called for a vaccine but have not been called yet.

Since some patients who have not yet been called forward for vaccination have been uncertain whether they have been missed off the list, can I ask you to assure anyone who has such concerns that patients are being contacted in tranches as the vaccine is available, and NHS advice is that they should not contact the practice but wait to  be contacted.

 

What Sort of Policing do Residents Want in North Yorkshire?

The North Yorkshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner is asking North Yorkshire residents how much they are willing to pay in their council tax bill for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.  The survey began on 16 December and is open until midnight on Wednesday 13 January 2021.

The survey can be completed online at www.telljulia.info.

It can also be downloaded Download – Print out – Complete the Precept Survey 2021-22 and mail back FREEPOST and completed on paper and returned to the Freepost address.

After the Christmas break, the Town Council will seek to make copies of the form available from the Key Centre.

Help for Small Businesses / Apprentices / Business Start ups by Young People

The below information was sent to Council by RDC.  If you want further details, contacts are below:

RDC business and community team

If you are looking for confidential help and advice then please contact a member of the team:-

Business and Community Manager, Sue White
Telephone: 01748 901040, email: Sue.white@richmondshire.gov.uk

Business and Community Officer, Abi Player
Telephone: 01748 901035, email: Abi.player@richmondshire.gov.uk

Kickstart – Funding gateway now open!

Richmondshire District Council are now an intermediary for The Kickstart scheme. If your business is looking to fill a vacancy then please complete the expression of interest form. The Kickstart scheme is for those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding is available for each six month job placement and will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. For more information visit our Kickstart scheme page.

Apprenticeships

The Government will pay £2,000 per apprentice under the age of 25, and £1,500 for those aged 25 and over.

This money is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care plan.

Employers can make a claim from 1st September 2020, and once there is a contract of employment and apprenticeship agreement in place.

Visit the Apprenticeships website or call the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 for more details.

Apprentice Wage Subsidy Scheme

If you’re thinking of taking on an apprentice, please get in touch and find out how our scheme can help businesses with £2,000-£3,000 funding. Find more information on our apprenticeship page, where you can also find links to the National Apprenticeship Scheme and current opportunities.

T Levels

T Levels are new, two year technical education courses that will follow GCSEs, and will be equivalent to three A Levels.

They will offer students a mixture of classroom learning (80%) and ‘on-the-job’ experience in an industry placement (20%), providing the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

For further information visit the T Levels website or contact:
Industry Placement Hotline on 08000 150 600 (choose option 4) or email: tlevel.placement@education.gov.uk

Traineeships

From September 2020, the Government will provide an additional £111 million for traineeships in England to fund high-quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds. Employers will receive £1,000 per trainee.

Christmas Tree – disposal arrangements

Sorry to already be talking about taking it down, however RDC has announced its arrangements for tree collection and disposal at recycling centres.

Christmas trees – collection service for garden waste subscribers

If you currently subscribe to the garden waste collection service, you will need to book your special Christmas collection in advance to have your Christmas tree picked up and your green bin emptied. This collection will take place between 11-15 January 2021. Any Christmas trees must be placed at the kerbside next to your green bin by 6.30 am on your confirmed collection day.

You can book this collection service online from 7 December until 5.15pm on 6 January 2021.

Book your January 2021 Christmas tree/garden bin collection

Check RDC’s Christmas tree collection dates page to view the dates of when this collection service will be taking place in your area. Once you have booked your slot for this collection online you will automatically receive an email confirming your collection day.


Recycle your Christmas trees at our recycling sites

If you do not subscribe to RDC’s garden waste service, Christmas trees can be taken to a number of recycling sites. Trees must only be taken to the following sites and should be left before the sites are cleared of the trees on the dates stated below:

Monday 11 January 2021

Hawes, Askrigg and Bainbridge recycling sites

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Leyburn, Newton Le Willows and Hunton recycling sites

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Richmond, Langthwaite, Muker and Reeth recycling sites

Thursday 14 January 2021

Brompton on Swale, Tesco at Catterick and Colburn Lorry Park recycling sites