Coronavirus Updates in Oxfordshire
All the latest updates on coronavirus from across Oxfordshire.
LATEST UPDATES FROM THE JACK NEWS TEAM
Saturday, April 4th, 2020 11:02am
Oxfordshire man jailed for coughing at police officer
He said he had coronavirus.
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 4:45pm
Some sad news this afternoon, a temporary mortuary is being created in Oxfordshire
The facility is being prepared at the former RAF base at Heyford Park.
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 2:35pm
VIDEO: 16 people charged for breaking new coronavirus lockdown laws in Thames Valley
The Chief Constable says "a lot of it is to do with people not having a reasonable excuse" for being out.
We've been at it again!— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 3, 2020
The new JACK's Viral Podcast is out now ... featuring the likes of @OxfordOptronix @SCAS999 @OxExpPsy @EmergingMindsUK @JosephAlsousou @thespiritoftoad @ExperienceOx and others ...
Listen here 👇 (thankyouplease)https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 11:13am
New sensors used to monitor COVID-19 patients at Oxford hospital
The wearable technology aims to "reduce the burden on nursing staff."
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 4:12pm
Oxford City Council gives out first wave of small business “coronavirus grants"
The local authority has given out £170,000 to 17 businesses in the first batch.
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 2:01pm
Oxford Tube services to be temporarily suspended
Passenger numbers have significantly dropped following Government measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Oxfordshire's ambulance service is asking the public to continue to stay at home - especially for the next 2-3 weeks.@SCAS999 is expecting a peak of COVID-19 patients in that time.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 2, 2020
Military & Oxon firefighters are being trained to drive ambulances to help meet demand 🚑
An army of Scout Leaders are delivering prescriptions to the elderly and those self-isolating in #Witney due to Coronavirus.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 2, 2020
Scouting couple Rachael Bellamy and Tom Burgum are among those involved!
More in the news with @josummerbell at 10am. pic.twitter.com/VD5mtyvn3o
Puma helicopters from Oxfordshire's RAF Benson are in Scotland helping the ambulance service there with trials of an EpiShuttle medical isolation and transportation system. pic.twitter.com/I5FQisBn0F— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 1, 2020
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 4:08pm
Coronavirus: Oxford distillery swaps gin for hand sanitiser
The Oxford Artisan Distillery is making it for care homes and hospitals in Oxfordshire during the outbreak.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 12:20pm
A group of local NHS workers are doing their bit to get hold of in-demand PPE items, like masks.
The team from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford are collecting unused items to deliver to local hospitals.
They're also raising money to buy more PPE and have set a target of £250,000.
The @MuseumofOxford is asking residents to capture the effects of #COVID19 in the city as part of an online exhibition...— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 1, 2020
& the findings will be shared with future generations.
Tune in for more on this story with @k_emzik at 1pm!
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 7:05am
Oxford experts suggest app to alert people if they’ve been close to someone with coronavirus
The Government is apparently assessing whether it could work.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 7:05pm
The latest episode of JACK's Viral Podcast is out - featuring key workers, business experts and a jolly good farmer chap!
Listen to it here, listen to it there, or grab it from whatever place you normally get your podcasts from.
Oxford City Football Club: National League, National North and National League South competitions have been suspended indefinitely.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 31, 2020
The league say they'll take legal advice and involve clubs in the pending decision on how to conclude the 2019/20 season.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 2:20pm
Emergency appeal: Thames Valley Air Ambulance needs face masks, gloves and aprons
It's struggling to get the equipment to protect its doctors, pilots and patients.
Brilliant stuff from @farmerben4, chatting with @jackfmnews - sums up Oxfordshire's feelings perfectly!— JACKfm Oxfordshire (@JACKfmOxford) March 31, 2020
For all the latest coronavirus updates across the county (and some silly stuff) head to the JACKfm website 👇 https://t.co/UhHPWONqJv pic.twitter.com/HucrfGZIoH
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 7:36am
Oxfordshire residents warned against coronavirus scams
Trading Standards says con-artists are taking advantage of the situation...
Monday, March 30th, 2020 1:13pm
People dying of Covid-19 today caught it a month ago, Oxford expert warns
He also thinks that if we follow social distancing the increase in deaths will stop.
Morning, our latest podcast on the Coronavirus in #Oxfordshire is all about...— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 30, 2020
Getting jobs @OxfordHealthNHS , getting schooled @OLAabingdon and unfortunately getting evicted @JosephAlsousou.
Click the link below and have a listen! https://t.co/JhvvjabhWm
Monday, March 30th, 2020 6:15am
Oxfam asks governments for £130 billion to prevent millions of coronavirus deaths
The Oxford-based charity has a 5-point plan to help less-economically developed nations.
40 hotel rooms are available tonight for people sleeping rough in Oxford during the coronavirus outbreak, @OxfordCity has said.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 27, 2020
The Government has written to local authorities in England telling them to ensure everybody is inside and safe.
A mystery man will buy fish & chips for the whole village of Denchworth, once a week, for 12 weeks in the hope of bringing the community together.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 27, 2020
Stephen Davidson is from The Fox Inn, they've been recruited to make it happen! Here's our interview with him: pic.twitter.com/6pDqMpFxrV
Friday, March 27th, 2020 12:31pm
Oxford Uni to start recruiting for Covid-19 vaccine trials
It needs up to 510 healthy volunteers.
Friday, March 27th, 2020 7:13am
90% reduction in passenger numbers on Oxfordshire buses
Oxford City Council is calling on the Government to step in and support them.
Friday, March 27th, 2020 6:05am
A part-time doctor, who is also one of the co-founders of an Oxfordshire business selling shandy, says it's been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Shandy Shack in Bampton relies on summer festivals to make its money, but with so many cancelled, the company's had to shift its focus to online deliveries.
Hear from Tom Stevens, one of the company's three founders, on air in the news this morning (27/03)
Thursday, March 26th, 2020 6:19 pm
NHS staff in Oxfordshire to get free parking
Hospital parking charges are being suspended due to the Coronavirus.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 6:27pm
Police expect a rise in domestic abuse and fraud in Oxfordshire
The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police is expecting a spike in those crimes during the lockdown.
Here's the first of our podcasts about the wonderful things local people and companies are doing to help during the coronavirus outbreak.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 25, 2020
Featuring: @VansForBandsLtd @TurningPointUK @BeFreeYC @phoenixcomicuk @OxfordshireMind @prodrive and more! https://t.co/FSRcxyT3qQ
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 11.42am
Oxford City Council to find hotel rooms for homeless
The local authority wants to find rooms for up to 100 people.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 7:09am
Oxford hospital trust appeals for more staff during Coroavirus pandemic
You don't need to have previous experience.
Tuesday, March 24th, 6:22pm
Henley Royal Regatta has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Organisers say the decision will have 'significant' financial implications.
In order to ensure the health and safety of our guests, brand staff and Bicester Village staff, and in conformity with the UK Government requirements, Bicester Village will be temporarily closed from Tuesday 24 March until further notice. We hope you all stay safe and well. pic.twitter.com/GQJycbtx1d— Bicester Village (@bicestervillage) March 24, 2020
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 3:18pm
Bicester Village has been temporarily CLOSED following latest government guidelines.
Westgate Oxford has also 'largely' closed and says only 'essential shops' - like Sainsbury's and Superdrug - are open.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 3:03pm
There's a virus going round. So what'll happen with your bins. Find out about rubbish from JACK.
Monday, March 23rd, 2020 3:12pm
First UK patients enrolled in Oxford clinical trial of possible Covid-19 treatments
The trial is currently running at two hospitals with seven patients.
Monday, March 23rd, 2020 11:15am
PC Andrew Harper murder trial collapses due to coronavirus
The jury in the Old Bailey trial has been discharged.
Monday, March 23rd, 2020 10:45am
Oxford University Hospitals: Visitors banned with few exceptions
The NHS Trust is enforcing stricter rules to help fight the spread of Covid-19.
Oxfordshire's @TruckFestival is teaming up with @MrMotivator for a special live-stream fitness session this lunchtime for people in isolation at home.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 23, 2020
It's free, but it also lets you donate to @TrussellTrust which runs food banks in Abingdon, Witney and Bicester. pic.twitter.com/k8QkgSn0L8
24 final year medical students at @UniofOxford have volunteered to join the NHS effort to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 20, 2020
The group will support patients in the Emergency Department at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, in non-medical roles, from today.
Friday, March 20th, 2020 11:58am
Vans for Bands hope to lend buses to NHS staff
The Kidlington based company want to offer their vehicles as a place for Oxfordshire nurses and doctors to rest.
Friday, March 20th, 2020 12:31pm
Five Coronavirus help hubs are being set up in Oxford
Volunteers will deliver food and medical supplies to vulnerable people.
GWR - which serves Oxford, Didcot, Banbury and Henley - is reducing services https://t.co/3ApBJQpP9L— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 20, 2020
Friday, March 20th, 2020 7:08am
Clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine could begin next month
Public Health England will start evaluating the drug next week.
An independent bookshop in Abingdon has stepped in to help people who are in isolation, but in need of a good read!@MostlyReading staff have been walking, cycling and driving to people's homes to deliver books ...— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 19, 2020
Check them out: https://t.co/tNj81tGkrh pic.twitter.com/XTwyJswoPG
Thursday, March 19th, 2020 11:58am
Coronavirus: New Oxford-developed test gives results in 30 minutes
Experts say the new method of testing is three times faster than others
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 3:11pm
Oxford Bus Company to change timetables from Monday
Managers say weekend service patterns are “likely” to replace regular routes for the time being.
They're temporarily shutting down all plants across Europe...https://t.co/yr8nzDkpy5— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 18, 2020
All routine outpatient appointments for adults and children on all hospital sites are also cancelled...https://t.co/84fRtAM2dT— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 18, 2020
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 6:25am
Oxford Uni: New "app" could trace COVID-19 carriers
Scientists say creating an app that can trace people who have been exposed to coronavirus is 'feasible.'
POSTPONED: Organisers of @oxfordpride say they're having to postpone the parade, which was scheduled for May 30th.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 18, 2020
They say it's because the Department of Health predicts the peak in Coronavirus in the UK is likely to occur around then.
More to follow ... pic.twitter.com/9fZo3i11Ph
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 7:45am
Oxfordshire pubs and breweries launch home deliveries
You can now get beer bought to YOU in some parts of the county.
"We have a team of colleagues who are quickly facilitating Government grants and rate relief”https://t.co/sWYq31WAh6— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 17, 2020
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 6:00am
As covid-19 continues to spread, schools are taking measures to keep staff and pupils safe.
They are continuing to monitor government advice in this rapidly-changing situation, to prioritise everyone's wellbeing.
Oxford Town & Gown won't be going ahead on May 3.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 17, 2020
Organisers of the 10k run say it's "with huge sadness" they've postponed the event.
They're looking for a new date, and will keep runners updated. pic.twitter.com/OEWbGnYOpA
PIC: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 8:22am
The Boat Race Company says "the public good far outweighs all other considerations".
This year's event, scheduled for March 29, would have staged the 166th men's race and the 75th women's race between crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Volunteers in Oxfordshire like Jack Doyle (no relation) are running errands, like shopping and dog walking, for people stuck inside.— JACKfm Oxfordshire (@JACKfmOxford) March 16, 2020
Have a look on Facebook for 'OXFORD COVID-19 MUTUAL AID' if you need some support. Or if you're nosy. 👇 pic.twitter.com/Ot4H4enuZt
Monday, March 16th, 2020 10:55am
Oxford University Hospitals has limited visitors to one per patient and is restricting visiting hours to 4pm to 7pm, with immediate effect.
The NHS Trust says only person will be able to accompany patients to into Emergency Departments at the JR and Horton General, at Emergency Assessment Units, outpatient departments, antenatal scans and imaging appointments.
Friday, March 13th, 2020 1:59pm
Undergraduates have been advised not to stay in the city, to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus.
The Vice-Chancellor has emailed staff and students this afternoon, to say they are putting the "health and welfare of staff and students first."