Coronavirus Updates in Oxfordshire
All the latest updates on coronavirus from across Oxfordshire.
LATEST UPDATES FROM THE JACK NEWS TEAM
Thursday, September 24th, 2020 6:00am
Contact tracing app reduces cases of coronavirus, says Oxford Professor
It's being rolled out across England and Wales today, but there have been questions about its effectiveness.
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 4:33pm
COVID-19: 30 new cases amongst Oxford Brookes students in last week
An email has been sent out to residents in Oxford about it.
Utoh .... there’s reports of more panic buying of food and toilet roll!— JACK News (@jackfmnews) September 22, 2020
Confession time, is this you? Your boss? Your Nan?
Feel free to name the culprits here👇🏼😉
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 7:21am
Oxford Uni Professors clash over Government’s coronavirus response
Two groups of health experts have written separate letters to chief medical officers expressing polarising views.
Monday, September 21st, 2020 1:36pm
Covid-19 vaccine could be available to some before the end of the year
With Oxford leading the way Sir Patrick Vallance has said small amounts could be made available to certain groups by the end of 2020.
Friday, September 18th, 2020 6:19pm
PM in Oxfordshire: Second Covid-19 wave “inevitable”
Boris Johnson was speaking at the Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre construction site at Harwell.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 9:41am
Oxford on amber alert: Only get tested in you have symptoms says council
The number of cases in the city currently stands at 25.6 per 100,000 of the population.
Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 3:35pm
“No corners being cut” says Professor in charge of Oxford vaccine
The Professor vaccinology at Oxford University has said “safety is always paramount” when it comes to the vaccine’s development.
Monday, September 14th, 2020 2:42pm
Oxford experts behind new Covid-19 antibody treatment trial
At least 2,000 patients will receive the new treatment in a clinical trial.
Saturday, September 12th, 2020 7:13pm
University of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trials resume
The AstraZeneca and Oxford Uni trials are back underway after a pause due to a reported side effect in a UK patient.
Thursday, September 10th, 2020 3:14pm
Oxford Covid vaccine patient ‘keen’ for second dose despite trial pause
Jack Sommers believes the trial is safe, despite a possible side-effect experienced by another patient
Thursday, September 10th, 2020 6:24am
Oxford's Unis, Councils and Police prepare to stop the spread as students return
The city’s two universities are working closely with the NHS and the local government
Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 5:42am
Oxford's Covid vaccine trial paused after side effect reported in UK patient
AstraZeneca says it's a 'routine' pause in tests of the Oxford University jab.
Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 9:00am
Oxford study to investigate impact of covid-19 pandemic on school life
Students heading back to class will bring with them 'unique experiences and traumas' from lockdown
Friday, September 4th, 2020 2:23pm
Oxford Brookes spinout awarded funding to develop COVID-19 vaccine
Scientists in the city hope it will be available in early 2021.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 5:38pm
Oxfordshire patients play “key role” in Covid steroid study
It showed corticosteroids could reduce the risk of death for severely ill patients by up to 20%.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 11:46am
Oxford's Covid 19 vaccine tiral expands into US
30,000 healthy adults are being recruited there.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 6:29am
Almost 260 complaints about Oxford businesses not following covid-19 saftey guidelines
The City Council says it's got six officers carrying out daily inspections.
Friday, August 28th, 2020 6:42am
Oxford joins national studies into how immune system deals with coronavirus
Scientists from 17 universities will look at why some people suffer from more severe symptoms than others.
CORONAVIRUS: A mobile testing unit is being deployed in Oxford for the next 3 days.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 28, 2020
It follows another rise in cases in the city, which @AnsafAzhar described as 'unsettling'.
The unit is in the car park in Union Street, just off the Cowley Road - but you have to book first!
Thursday, August 27th, 2020 1:32pm
Oxford “moving in direction” of local lockdown says Public Health Expert
The County Council says measures to “slam the brakes” on the City’s emergence from lockdown have moved a step closer.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 5:09pm
Ministers must give clear guidance on face coverings in schools, says Oxfordshire Head Teacher
Sarah Brinkley claims there is a “unanimous chorus” from schools calling for a stronger stance from the Government.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 1:06pm
Around 400 jobs to go at MINI Plant Oxford
Officials say they are having to change shift patterns in light of market challenges posed by COVID-19.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 11:45am
The City Council says ending the eviction scheme "risks undermining our work and a surge in homelessness in Oxford,"
It's worked closely with government to meet the needs of homeless people...
Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 6:29am
Two-metre rule ‘based on outdated science’, claim Oxford academics
They think there should be "graded recommendations" for different distancing rules in different settings.
Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 11:22am
Booze, binge eating and lack of exercise hit mental health in lockdown says Oxford study
Younger adults were disproportionately suffering from the rise in negative mental health.
Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 7:37am
Blood cancer patients at higher Covid-19 risk says Oxford study
Patients with blood cancer have a much higher chance of becoming seriously ill if they contract coronavirus.
Monday, August 24th, 2020 4:40pm
The UK is first in line for Oxford vaccine says Downing Street
It follows report that Donald Trump is considering grant emergency authorisation for its deployment in the US.
Friday, August 21st, 2020 6:00am
Second wave of coronavirus and tough winter ahead warns Oxford expert
A local Professor doesn't think vaccines will be here in time to stop a second wave.
Busy week in the @JACKfmOxford newsroom!— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 20, 2020
Click here for a taster of some of the stories we've covered, including chats with this bunch 👇@AbWitCollege @UniofOxford @rachelfc @FrancoMancaPizz @OUFCcommunity @Oxoncb @jimbopartyman and more ...https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
Thursday, August 20th, 2020 8:38am
Oxford researchers believe messages of 'social solidarity' might persuade more people to wear face masks
They say words like 'donning and doffing', 'decontamination' and 'risk' are putting people off.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 11:30am
Oxford Uni: Study reveals ‘significant increase’ in child-on-parent violence in lockdown
The number of child-on-parent violence episodes during the pandemic increased by 70%.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 8:31am
Coronavirus: Australia orders 25 million doses of Oxford's potential COVID-19 vaccine
"Under the deal, every single Australian will be able to receive the University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for free."
Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 9:52am
Exams U-turn: Oxford University and Oxford Brookes now face 'capacity constraints'
They have welcomed the switch from grades decided by computer algorithms - to teacher predictions.
As we emerge and recover from COVID-19, the government should 'look at policies that could manage traffic better and make our public spaces safer, cleaner and quieter.'https://t.co/nq0KnJuW43— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 18, 2020
Monday, August 17th, 2020 6:35am
Oxford University accepts hundreds of students despite downgraded results
The moderation system was changed with exams cancelled over the coronavirus pandemic.
Friday, August 14th, 2020 4:06pm
Students who challenge A-level grades may have Oxford places deferred to 2021
It's due to social-distancing measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Friday, August 14th, 2020 6:40am
More than 175,000 children in families who cannot access public funds – Oxford Uni research
It's because of their immigration status, researchers fear it could worsen 'financial hardship' brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hi all!👋Our latest podcast is out...— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 13, 2020
It features @oxford_brookes, @AbWitCollege & @OLAabingdon on #AlevelResults day 2020 ✏️📖
& @ianhudspeth speaking about how to balance @OxfordshireCC's budget, @UniofOxford on a virtual book club & more! https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
Thursday, August 13th, 2020 3:12pm
Andrew Lloyd Webber to receive Oxford's experimental coronavirus vaccine
The world-renowned composer says he'll 'do anything to prove theatres can re-open safely'
Thursday, August 13th, 2020 8:14am
Cars to be banned from another part of Oxford city centre to allow for outdoor dining
Part of George Street is being pedestrianised from next Saturday.
Thursday, August 13th, 2020 5:57am
Children made up just 1% of COVID-19 cases in England in first peak
Oxford Uni was involved in the study, which provides further proof of the "limited role of children" in the pandemic.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 4:06pm
Record-breaking vicar plays his part in granddaughter’s wedding despite lockdown
94-year-old Reverend Jim Cocke was the priest for the same parish in Oxford for 63 years.
Boris Johnson says the money will also help NHS Trusts reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection in the coming monthshttps://t.co/G29Cps3Ek5— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 12, 2020
Some members of the public in South Oxfordshire have been paying for Covid-19 antibody tests at a pop-up test centre at Didcot Town Football Club.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 11, 2020
We sent our reporter @AlexJackFM down there to find out more... pic.twitter.com/9TyB1DRS57
Monday, August 10th, 2020 5:30pm
Coronavirus: Oxfordshire County Council faces £16m funding shortfall
A series of proposals in response to budget challenges have been revealed.
Monday, August 10th, 2020 2:35pm
AUDIO: Ashmolean Museum in Oxford reopens
Coronavirus forced it to close for almost five months.
The @AshmoleanMuseum in Oxford is officially open again!— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 10, 2020
Our journo @k_emzik is there with her 😷 on ready to have a look around.
Tune in at midday for her report on what it’s like with all the safety measures in place... pic.twitter.com/dmTy4WlmC1
Sunday, August 9th, 2020 9:00am
Oxford residents can now access council support virtually
The City Council has launched a pilot scheme so that vulnerable people can still get support during the pandemic.
🚨🚨🚨New podcast alert🚨🚨🚨— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 8, 2020
Find out all about the research going on in Oxford in the battle against covid-19, and why those tables and chairs out on Cornmarket are a big boost to local business.https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
Friday, August 7th, 2020 11:00am
New survey reveals support for congestion-busting measures in Oxford
It found 80% of residents think restricting vehicles during the day is a good idea post-lockdown.
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 6:26am
Oxford Uni researchers: Hydroxychloroquine could still save lives
While the drug has been ruled out as a method to treat infections, it may still be able to prevent them.
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 10:22am
Oxford City Council backs 'Save Leisure' campaign
It's written to the Government for cash to make sure local leisure centres can re-open from lockdown.
A quarter of people say they've suffered with anxiety and depression during lockdown.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 4, 2020
The first study to look at how society's coped with the pandemic found it significantly raised mental health problems.
Tune in at 8am to hear from @BridewellOG about how gardening COULD help!
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 5:57am
The way to getting society back 'out there' is routine mass testing, says Oxfordshire CEO
Gordon Sanghera is from Oxford Nanopore Technologies - the firm behind the new 90 minute coronavirus tests.
Covid-19 antibody testing, free schools meals, staycations, bike repair vouchers, the back-to-school transition and ANOTHER Oxford museum re-opening ... all in our new pod! @BioGradLabs @OxPrimaryCare @DJHunter_EPI @cycloxoxford @TheStoryMuseum https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 3, 2020
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 2:27pm
Oxford Professor: Covid-19 data inaccuracies ‘could lead to errors in imposing restrictions’
Carl Heneghan also said that the potential for false-positives to drive the increase in community cases was “substantial”.
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 11:31am
New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu ‘hugely beneficial’ in winter fight
An Oxford firm has developed one of two tests, which can detect coronavirus and flu.
New 90 minute tests for coronavirus will be rolled out in care homes and labs from next week.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) August 3, 2020
The on-the-spot swab and DNA tests will help identify cases of Covid-19 - as well as flu.
One of them is being supplied by @nanopore
More in the news with @AlexJackFM at 11
Saturday, August 1st, 2020 7:00am
Oxford's Story Museum announces phased reopening from lockdown
Visitors will finally be able to check out its £6 million transformation.
Thursday, July 30th, 2020 6:16am
7.1% of Brits have been previously infected with COVID-19, new Oxford analysis suggests
A team in the city have examined thousands of blood samples as part of a new major study.
An environmental group based in Banbury is concerned the easing of lockdown measures could see more wasted food in the UK.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) July 29, 2020
Research by @WRAP_UK found levels have increased by 30% compared to March.
More in the news with @josummerbell at 7
Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 6:00am
Courier fraudsters target Oxfordshire’s elderly and vulnerable
It’s thought a rise in online shopping during lockdown has helped fraudsters exploit their victims.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 4:01pm
Councils to launch Oxford bus gate survey as drivers return to city centre roads
They want to know what local people think of plans to install the new gates in September.
Coming up with @AlexJackFM ...— JACK News (@jackfmnews) July 28, 2020
The lockdown has caused a surge in how much money we're managing to save, but it won't last! According to @OxfordEconomics
More on this and today’s top stories at 4pm. pic.twitter.com/ytHC9b5TCq
Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 10:47am
Campaigners display 'inspiring' plans for Oxford at pop-up shop
They want to help shape proposals which will encourage walking and cycling after lockdown.
Two days to go until you've got to wear a face mask in all shops!— JACK News (@jackfmnews) July 22, 2020
Are you ready? 😷
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 6:09am
Oxford Professor describes not being on the "front foot" as biggest failure during coronavirus pandemic
Sir John Bell has been giving evidence to MPs.
Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 6:37am
Coronavirus: Everything you need to know about the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine
Human trials have suggested it is safe and induces an immune response to the disease.
Monday, July 20th, 2020 3:11pm
Coronavirus: Everything you need to know about the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine
Early results show no safety concerns and that the vaccine induces a strong immune response.
Happy Friday folks!— JACK News (@jackfmnews) July 17, 2020
Our NEW podcast is ready for you to have a little listen to ...
This week featuring @LaylaMoran @UniofOxford @ElmoreCommunity @blackwelloxford @HelenAndDouglas @Oxford_Active and more!
Thursday, July 16th, 2020 11:00am
Critical need for COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma in Oxfordshire
NHS Blood and Transplant has issued the appeal.
Thursday, July 16th, 2020 9:29am
Covid-19 cases on Isle of Wight 'declined rapidly after test and trace launch', Oxford study finds
The NHS contact tracing app was downloaded by almost 40 % of the population.
Thursday, July 16th, 2020 5:42am
Coronavirus: Oxford vaccine could provide 'double protection'
Uni researchers believe they have made a breakthrough.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 10:48am
Oxford University's gardens, libraries and museums welcomed over 3.3 million visitors in 2019
The Ashmolean, Bodleian and Museum of Natural History are in the top 20 visitor attractions in England.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 6:00am
More people going out in UK again, Oxford data reveals
There's been a massive leap in us heading out over the last two Saturdays.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 5:00am
Oxford Uni study: Coronavirus pandemic leads to drop in hospital admissions for heart attacks
Researchers are warning that avoiding hospital could have serious consequences.
Monday, July 13th, 2020 1:28pm
Engineered llama antibodies neutralise coronavirus, Oxford study suggests
Camels and alpacas naturally produce them too!
Monday, July 13th, 2020 7:11am
Helen Mirren, Liam Gallagher and Simon Pegg donate items to Oxfam charity auction
It's part of the Oxford charity's coronavirus response appeal.
🚨🚨NEW PODCAST ALERT🚨🚨— JACK News (@jackfmnews) July 10, 2020
Oxfordshire business have THEIR say on Rishi Sunak's budget
A pub landlord in Wallingford tells us why he's introduced an over 25s rule
& @SaluteNHS reach food pack delivery milestone
Have a listen 👇👇👇 #podcastfridayhttps://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
Friday, July 10th, 2020 7:13am
Covid-19 could kill more people through hunger than the disease itself, warns Oxford charity
Oxfam says the food crisis is getting worse in some countries, because of the pandemic.
Friday, July 10th, 2020 6:30am
Bicester volunteers reach 1 million food parcel milestone for NHS
A team have been delivering meals to COVID-19 wards across the country during the pandemic.
Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 9:38am
Oxford Scientists develop coronavirus swab test for use in schools, airports and homes
It can confirm if a person has the virus or is likely to be infectious.
Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 5:00am
Huge new Oxford study to investigate long-term health impacts of COVID-19
A team of experts have been given £8.4million, and will recruit 10,000 patients.
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 11:09am
OXFORD UNI REPORT: Homemade cloth face masks will reduce the spread of coronavirus
An Oxford Professor says policy on them has been unclear and inconsistent in some countries.
Monday, July 6th, 2020 12:09pm
Oxfordshire firms thanked for 'Ventilator Challenge' efforts
Penlon in Abingdon and Williams in Grove were among the businesses helping to produce over 14,000 of them.
Monday, July 6th, 2020 10:08am
COVID-19 may not have originated in China, says Oxford expert
He claims the virus may have been lying dormant across the world before emerging under favourable conditions.
Police officers will be supporting pubs in Oxfordshire, with increased patrols as they re-open tomorrow. 🍺@ThamesVP says it's prepared to respond to any criminal activity.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) July 3, 2020
It's pledged to break up illegal events and take action against the organisers. 👮♀️
Stay safe out there!
Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 10:23am
Staycation boom to boost Plymouth, while Oxford suffers
Colliers International has carried out new research on the recovery of the hotel sector.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 6:42am
Oxford Uni Professor: The UK must "prepare for the worst" this winter
Sir John Bell told MP's we shouldn't rely on the development of a successful coronavirus vaccine.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 6:08am
Scientists in Oxford develop system to detect coronavirus in wastewater
The one million pound research programme involves experts from nine universities.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 8:30am
Oxford University to interview prospective students online amid Covid-19
They will be carried out in December.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 12:44pm
BAME healthcare workers in Oxford hospitals at ‘higher risk of Covid-19 infection’
A new study at Oxford University Hospitals has looked at the levels of risk by staff dealing with the pandemic.
At one point Jenny, 77, was given a 20% chance of surviving COVID-19 and says she is "so glad to be alive".— JACKfm Oxfordshire (@JACKfmOxford) June 30, 2020
She left ICU at the JR after 2.5 months to a 'clap out' by those who had cared for her. 👏 pic.twitter.com/EzGTudLIqO
Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 7:10am
Nine workers at MINI Plant Oxford test positive for coronavirus
BMW says it's monitoring the situation closely.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 6:15am
HIV drug ineffective at treating Covid-19, major Oxford Uni study suggests
Countries which currently recommend it are being urged to revise their guidelines.
Monday, June 29th, 2020 17:23pm
Oxford Uni experts have developed a new online tool which could help predict neighbourhoods which are vulnerable to Covid-19 outbreaks.
Monday, June 29th, 2020 6:32am
Oxford Brookes Professor creates 'Recovery Curriculum' to ease kid’s return to school after lockdown
Former teacher Barry Carpenter worked on it with his son, who's a college Principal.
Port Meadow has seen a ‘deluge’ of rubbish following late night get-togethers, mainly of young people. @OxfordCity says a cow has died after eating plastic bags & balloons. 5 horses have been injured and 10 cattle are being treated for glass cuts. 😢 pic.twitter.com/axEUC8lMlZ— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 27, 2020
Sunday, June 28th, 2020 6:30am
AUDIO: Mural of Oxford during lockdown goes on display
It's now up at the Rose Hill Community Centre.
Friday, June 26th, 2020 11:34am
Visiting restrictions in Oxfordshire hospitals FINALLY start to ease
Oxford University Hospitals has announced it will start allowing one visitor, for one hour, per patient, per day.
Tonnes of stories crammed in to JACK's Viral Podcast this week.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 26, 2020
Have a little listen out for these guys 👇@AshmoleanMuseum @Pitt_Rivers @TheRedLionYarn @OxfordSBS @Naishouse @OxfordHealthNHS @redmikerowley @oxtenantsunion & @CWA_Oxfordshire https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
Thursday, June 25th, 2020 5:41am
Duke of Cambridge visits Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial team
Prince William described the work being done as "incredibly exciting" and "fascinating".
Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 1:47pm
Brits could throw out 67 million clothes after lockdown, Banbury charity warns
WRAP is urging the public to check ahead to avoid overwhelming charity shops.
Oxfordshire nurse Tina slept in a tent in her garden during the pandemic, so that she could carry on caring for her patients without putting her son at risk— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 24, 2020
👏 @OxfordHealthNHS pic.twitter.com/Qmb5T7XLkF
Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 6:36am
OXFORD UNI: New tool could identify who should be vaccinated against COVID-19 first
The 'risk prediction' model will help GPs work out if someone should be shielding.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 6:36am
Oxford Tube services to return after 3 month pause during lockdown
But, with a reduced timetable and capacity from Monday July 6th.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 5:00am
Oxford education experts warn school exclusions may rise after COVID-19
They say schools need to 'balance the pursuit for academic excellence with student wellbeing.'
Monday, June 22nd, 2020 7:42am
Daughter of suspected COVID-19 victim begins legal action against Matt Hancock
88-year-old Michael Gibson died in a care home near Bicester.
It's believed to be the first independent research to focus on couples claiming the benefithttps://t.co/pfPqmmKC5t— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 22, 2020
Thursday, June 18th, 2020 7:09am
A third of furloughed employees asked to work while firms get government handouts
Abingdon-based employment law experts conducted a survey and uncovered Furlough Fraud.
Thursday, June 18th, 2020 5:30am
F1 tech protects staff treating Oxfordshire's COVID-19 patients
New plastic shields have been approved for use at the JR, and three other local sites.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 7:17am
Oxford Economics: UK facing "cultural catastrophe"
It's warning that creative industries could lose £74 billion in revenue in 2020.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 6:06am
Coronavirus: What is the 'breakthrough' treatment dexamethasone - and what are its side-effects?
The discovery by Oxford University of the steroid as a treatment has been hailed as a "major breakthrough".
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 1:30pm
Oxford scientists find cheap steroid cuts COVID-19 deaths
They have described the use of the drug, dexamethasone, as a "major breakthrough".
Monday, June 15th, 2020 2:29pm
COVID-19: Petition launched to shut Bicester Village less than 24 hours after reopening
People have been complaining about it being overcrowded today.
Monday, June 15th, 2020 12:08pm
Oxford to review all capital spending projects under coronavirus recovery plan
The city council has warned of 'difficult decisions' in the coming months.
Oxford United are resuming training today after the latest round of coronavirus tests all came back negative! 🟡⚽️— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 15, 2020
Two people at the club tested positive on Thursday and are self-isolating until next Monday.
2,500 markings are being spray painted on pavements in Oxford this weekend ahead of the shops reopening on Monday!— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 12, 2020
Maps and posters are also going up to explain how @OxfordCity's new one way system will work...and to encourage social distancing on the busiest streets👇 pic.twitter.com/FG6eQkcO1t
Friday, June 12th, 2020 3:13pm
Two people at Oxford United test positive for Covid-19
The Club won't confirm whether they are players or staff.
Happy Friday!— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 12, 2020
We've got something new for your ears, featuring this bunch ...
👇@OUPChildrens @JohnGowing@Oxford_Soap_Co@VictoriaPrentis@tobymorris@Quest_Learning@CrocsOfTheWorld@I_am_emma https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
Friday, June 12th, 2020 10:01am
Thermal scanners and virtual queues for Bicester Village reopening
The outlet has revealed more about its social distancing measures, ahead of Monday.
Sarah Webb has painted words like 'truth' and 'courage' on her home in Wallingford, to create solidarity during difficult times.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 12, 2020
But, the Town Council wants it removed, because she lives in a conservation area.
What do you think? Like it?
More in the news with @josummerbell pic.twitter.com/f2biyfR2kK
We asked our six local MPs their thoughts on a 'catch up premium' to help children who're falling behind in their education...— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 11, 2020
Thursday, June 11th, 2020 6:00am
Oxford to lead part of new coronavirus treatment trial
Four drugs will be used as part of the Catalyst trial - including one developed by an Oxford company.
Cotswold Wildlife Park is to re-open next Wednesday! 🦓— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 10, 2020
The park in Burford has described the Government's announcement as "unexpected but very welcome news."
You'll be able to bring picnics, but the shop and self-service cafe will be shut until the end of the month.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 12:15pm
Over a quarter of people in the UK drinking LESS in lockdown
A study involving Oxford Brookes has been looking at the impact of the pandemic on our alcohol consumption.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 6:37am
Oxford lexicographers make coronavirus children's word of the year
Oxford University Press analysed words used by thousands of young writers in submissions to a story competition.
Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 4:40pm
COVID-19: Oxford United will take on Portsmouth in League one play-offs
Wycombe Wanderers will play Fleetwood Town in the other semi final.
The season has been short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 6:22am
Oxford's visitor information centre to shut permanently
The closure is partly because of a predicted drop in footfall, post lockdown.
Monday, June 8th, 2020 12:21pm
Westgate: Hand sanitiser stations, floor arrows and queue's outside shops
The oxford shopping centre has revealed some of its new social distancing measures.
Monday, June 8th, 2020 6:18am
Oxford scientists working on COVID-19 vaccine 'near breakthrough' on antibody treatment
Testing is now said to be moving at "full speed".
Monday, June 8th, 2020 5:00am
36 arrests as police crack down on online child sex abuse in Thames Valley
Officers carried out 32 raids after a surge in reports of the crime during lockdown.
Evening 👋— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 5, 2020
Our latest podcast features a social distance protest in Oxford following the death of #GoergeFloyd, plans to improve the school run in in Oxfordshire and cabin crew helping staff relax at the JR Hospital, plus much more.
Have a listen👇🏻https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
Friday, June 5th, 2020 4:46pm
Oxford researchers find hydroxychloroquine has no benefit against Covid-19
The anti-malarial drug has now been pulled from the UK's Recovery trial, which is run by Oxford Uni.
Friday, June 5th, 2020 8:45am
COVID-19: Social bubbles could give people more freedom, say Oxford researchers
They looked at ways for people to interact more post-lockdown while still keeping the virus under control.
Friday, June 5th, 2020 6:08am
AstraZeneca can supply two billion doses of Oxford Uni's potential coronavirus vaccine
The British pharmaceutical company says it now has capacity for that, over the next two years.
A special school in Wantage has been closed for a deep clean as a preventative measure against the coronavirus.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) June 4, 2020
Fitzwaryn School says it's because a family have been asked to isolate through the test, track and trace programme.
It plans to be fully open again on Monday.
Thursday, June 4th, 2020 12:31pm
Oxford United to start coronavirus testing tomorrow
The squad are being brought back to work after being furloughed for weeks.
Thursday, June 4th, 2020 6:07am
AUDIO: Council commits to making school runs safer in Oxfordshire during social distancing
It's considering making drop off areas larger, or possibly moving them completely.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 11:42am
Grounded cabin crew look after John Radcliffe Hospital staff in mock 'first class lounge'
Airline volunteers are serving refreshments and helping them relax on their breaks.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 7:14am
COVID-19: Child given plasma in Oxford led treatment trial
It's testing existing treatments that may help people hospitalised with Covid-19.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 9:36am
Oxfam to start reopening high street shops from 15th June
The Oxford-based charity says any donated goods will be isolated for 72 hours before they're put on sale.
Monday, June 1st, 2020 11:26am
Oxfordshire mental health charity fears people who need help aren't accessing it
Oxfordshire Mind experienced a 390% increase in calls in March, but says contact has now dropped off.
Monday, June 1st, 2020 8:18am
Oxford MP: Companies given Government help during coronavirus crisis should give back to society
Anneliese Dodds was asked if businesses that have been saved should repay the country with shares.
It's podcast Friday! (Is that a thing?)— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 29, 2020
Our new viral podcast is out now.
Lots to listen to including @oxcitynasuwt and @luce_181 on the schools re-opening, @MickLivesey on catching Covid-19 and @ShepsHutEwelme on life in the pubs after lockdown!https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
Friday, May 29th, 2020 12:06pm
Oxford trial could reduce need for ventilators for COVID-19 patients
Researchers are looking at whether a certain DRUG can raise oxygen levels in the blood.
Friday, May 29th, 2020 6:39am
Researchers DON'T believe chemo patients are at an increased risk of dying from COVID-19
Oxford and Birmingham Universities teamed up to study hundreds of UK cancer patients who were diagnosed with the virus.
Thursday, May 28th, 2020 5:30am
Over 300,000 PPE delivered to Oxfordshire schools
Risk assessments are being carried out ahead of more them reopening from Monday.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 12:48pm
COVID-19: More than £200k to be spent on social distancing measures in Oxford
Temporary outdoor seating for restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes could be introduced, where there's enough space.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 6:18am
Oxford Professor calls for study of coronavirus spread in schools
Carl Heneghan is urging the Government to investigate transmission in case the virus reoccurs.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 5:00am
Covid Action group: Infection rates could rise again when schools reopen
An open letter is calling on the County Council to reject plans to reopen primary schools on Monday.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 11:27am
Banbury charity warns of dog 'separation anxiety'
Dogs for Good says many owners are worried about going back to work and parting with their pooches again.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 7:31am
Delay imposing lockdown saw coronavirus cases rise by 1.3 million
Oxford University's department of statistics worked on the study.
Friday, May 22nd, 2020 7:48am
Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Trial: Up to 10,000 volunteers needed for new phase
The University is expanding the age range of volunteers, to include children and pensioners.
Friday, May 22nd, 2020 5:00am
AUDIO: Oxford Professor warns conspiracy beliefs will thrive during coronavirus pandemic
A study's found people who believe in them are less likely to comply with social distancing rules.
Thursday, May 21st, 2020 5:39pm
Hospital admin worker in Oxford hospital 'had no PPE' before his death
Peter Gough died after contracting coronavirus on 12th May.
Thursday, May 21st, 2020 4:18pm
COVID-19: Charity film tribute for emergency workers created by Oxfordshire video company
It features behind the scenes events of those working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.
The owner of @ShepsHutEwelme has questioned how new restrictions - like a ban on drinking at the bar - will be policed once the pubs reopen.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 21, 2020
It's also joined the @SavePubLife scheme to try and stay afloat! 🍻
More in the news with @josummerbell at 12
Thursday, May 21st, 2020 10:48am
Coronavirus: AstraZeneca could begin supply of Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine in September
The drugs giant says it has the capacity to manufacture one billion doses.
Thursday, May 21st, 2020 8:18am
Oxfam announces it's pulling out of 18 countries
The charity - founded in Oxford - is adapting to financial impact of the coronavirus.
Thursday, May 21st, 2020 5:57am
Frontline staff in Oxford to take hydroxychloroquine as part of global trial
Oxford Uni is leading tests of the drug touted by Donald Trump, to see if it prevents coronavirus.
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 12:53pm
Oxford confirms plans to resume face-to-face teaching in the autumn
The University says it intends to be open to all students for the 2020/21 academic year.
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 8:00am
Oxfordshire's teachers thanked for their dedication during coronavirus pandemic
Pupils, parents and school heads have been writing messages of appreciation.
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 5:05am
Thames Valley Air Ambulance warns of £1 MILLION shortfall during coronavirus pandemic
The charity has launched an urgent appeal for donations.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 5:08pm
Remote consultation technology supports Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine trial
Nye Phone has already been supporting NHS workers throughout the pandemic.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 5:51am
Covid snakes: the craft project bringing Oxfordshire communities together in lockdown
Long lines of colourful rocks are springing up all over the country.
Monday, May 18th, 2020 10:59am
Almost 200 assaults on Thames Valley police during Coronavirus pandemic
50 of those involved officers being spat at, coughed at, or even bitten.
Sunday, May 17th, 2020 6:54pm
Oxford: Covid-19 vaccine to be rolled out to 30 million by September if trial is successful, says Sharma
The Business Secretary also announced an extra £84 million to ‘help accelerate their work.’
Sunday, May 17th, 2020 6:49am
Government to invest £93 million in new coronavirus manufacturing centre in Oxford
It’s being built at the Harwell Campus and will open next summer.
Friday, May 15th, 2020 4:24pm
COVID-19: Tributes paid to kind Oxford hospital worker
It's been confirmed that Peter Gough died on Tuesday.
Friday, May 15th, 2020 11:27am
OXFORD UNI: Video games can help with mental health problems during lockdown
Local neuroscientists tested the theory with frontline healthcare workers and a game of Tetris.
Friday, May 15th, 2020 5:30am
10,000 food parcels delivered to NHS workers daily from Bicester airbase
Soldiers, Veterans and local residents are doing their bit to support hospitals during the pandemic.
Thursday, May 14th, 2020 4:09pm
New survey involving Oxford reveals first snapshot of people with COVID-19 in England
An average of 148,000 people had it in the two weeks from 27th April.
Our new viral podcast features Oxford's 'army of volunteers', an F1 nurse who's back working on the frontline and a local man who survived Covid-19— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 14, 2020
Lots more stuff too 👇https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb @OxfordHub @OxfordCity @BlenheimPalace @OxfordBusCo @WilliamsRacing @OUHospitals
Thursday, May 14th, 2020 11:08am
Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trial results expected in June
Also today an expert at Oxford University has also hailed the approval of an anti-body test a "major step forward."
Thursday, May 14th, 2020 7:32am
New study to assess mental wellbeing of young people in Oxfordshire during lockdown
Oxford Uni is working with the county's schools to look at the impact on things like sleep or eating patterns.
Thursday, May 14th, 2020 6:12am
Oxfam: Any Covid-19 vaccine should not be auctioned off "to the highest bidder"
The Oxford-based charity is calling for guarantees that, when found, the vaccine will be patent-free.
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 5:30am
AUDIO: Campaign launched to save 'struggling' live music venue in Abingdon
The Northcourt has lost all of its income since the lockdown started in March.
Coming up with @k_emzik until 6pm🗣️@AnnelieseDodds says the Government has some big questions to answer about the extension of its #FurloughScheme— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 12, 2020
& the MD of @CrosslandEmpLaw says people should talk to their employers if they're nervous about going back to work
Dr Tim Clayden from Oxford spent his 60th birthday in the JR Hospital last month, very unwell with coronavirus.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 12, 2020
He's doing much better now and is taking part in research to help treat the virus.
You can hear more from Tim in the news this morning.@OUHospitals @UniofOxford pic.twitter.com/3pPq5CHrcT
Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 5:30am
AUDIO: Oxford Uni COVID-19 drugs trial rolled out across UK
People aged 50-64 with a pre-existing illness are being recruited.
Monday, May 11th, 2020 2:28pm
Pregnant women not at greater risk of severe coronavirus, Oxford study suggests
Mums-to-be from BAME groups were more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 though.
Monday, May 11th, 2020 5:51am
Oxford City Council unveils transport improvements to 'kick start' local economy
Some of the measures being looked at include a new network of cycle routes and wider pavements.
Saturday, May 9th, 2020 6:10am
Distilleries and honey producers supply sanitiser to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance
It's received over 130 offers of PPE, after launching an emergency appeal for donations.
Morning all 👋— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 8, 2020
Find out how #Oxfordshire is celebrating #VEDay2020 by having a listen to our latest podcast!
Also featuring chats with @Archoxfordshire @Kidlington_FC @Daybreak_Oxford @ogglio and more 👇🏻https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
The organisers of @TruckFestival 2020 say they’re ‘truly devastated’ to announce the event will no longer be going ahead.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 7, 2020
A new date has been set for next year & tickets will be rolled over.
‘For now, keep safe, keep healthy and look after each other.’https://t.co/iiLzdCYYeO
"It's not all doom and gloom in care homes," according to the Director of Care at @FairfieldHomeOx in #Oxford.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 7, 2020
Michelle Williams says THREE of their residents who're in their 90's tested positive for #COVID19 last month.
They're now doing well.
More with @k_emzik emzik at 5pm!
Thursday, May 7th, 2020 3:32pm
Oxford helps identify who is most likely to die from Covid-19
The academics say it's the world’s largest analysis of NHS patient records.
Thursday, May 7th, 2020 12:05pm
COVID-19: Man who spat and coughed at police in Oxford is jailed
Another man has been sentenced for being racially abusive to an officer.
Thursday, May 7th, 2020 6:13am
Oxford Uni reveals potential strategies for ending lockdown, to limit risk of second peak
Experts say governments must decide how to end quarantine, without overwhelming health services.
Thursday, May 7th, 2020 6:00am
AUDIO: Oxfordshire towns and villages to mark VE Day, at a social distance
Residents have had to come up with new ways to celebrate the 75th anniversary at home.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 5:00am
Oxford firm develops product to support maternity services during coronavirus pandemic
The new system by Sensyne Health helps mums-to-be monitor their own blood pressure at home.
Sadly, another big Oxfordshire festival has had to be postponed because of the coronavirus.@Cornbury has 'bowed to the inevitable' and won't be running this year.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 5, 2020
It's already secured dates for 2021 though, with 'most of the same line-up'
More in the news at 12 pic.twitter.com/MT9IN6r2PU
Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 11:03am
Cases of sexual and domestic violence rise in Oxfordshire
Demand on the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre has increased during lockdown.
Crocodiles of the World in Brize Norton has launched a crowdfunder, to help care for its animals and ensure the future of its vital conservation work.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 5, 2020
It had to shut because of the lockdown and is appealing for help from the public ...https://t.co/2MFavBAOtM @CrocsOfTheWorld
Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 6:27am
Oxford Uni: Green pandemic recovery will deliver more jobs and returns
A new study claims investment in renewables projects could all help kick-start the economy.
Monday, May 4th, 2020 5:13pm
More than 600 people have now taken part in the Oxford vaccine trial
The update was confirmed by the business secretary Alok Sharma.
.@Kidlington_FC has launched a big fundraising appeal - to raise money for the NHS and make sure it can survive the lockdown.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) May 4, 2020
One of their trustees is slowly recovering from Covid-19.
To find out more listen to @k_emzik 4-7pm 🎙️📻
Monday, May 4th, 2020 12:36pm
Women’s Tour cycling race rearranged for 2021
Organisers have confirmed Oxfordshire will still get to host stage one next June.
Monday, May 4th, 2020 8:24am
OXFAM: Coronavirus vaccine plan should put people most in need at 'front of the queue'
A virtual conference aims to raise nearly £7 billion to develop treatments.
Monday, May 4th, 2020 6:08am
Husband of JR nurse pays tribute to 'great human being'
63-year-old mum-of-three Philomina Cherian died with coronavirus last week.
Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 6:00am
Move to switch Oxford bus fleets to zero emission is delayed
It's so companies can focus on managing the impact of the coronavirus on their trade.
Friday, May 1st, 2020 5:38pm
Tragic news out of the John Radcliffe this afternoon
Oxford University Hospitals has announced the death of staff nurse Philomina Cherian from Covid-19.
Read more here
Friday, May 1st, 2020 3:00pm
Oxford asks for more cash as it faces £12 million funding gap during pandemic
The city council says the money allocated doesn't cover the huge impact of providing emergency services on its finances.
Friday, May 1st, 2020 4:00am
Oxford celebrates VIRTUAL May Morning
The 500-year-old tradition is still being marked, just online!
Thursday, April 30th, 2020 4:07pm
Thames Valley Police handed out more fines for lockdown breaches than any other force in England and Wales.
TVP gave out 649 fixed penalty notices in the four weeks to April 27th.
Read more about it here
Thursday, April 30th, 2020 3:54pm
COVID19: Manufacturing of Mini to resume in Oxford in May
BMW says it's taking a "staggered approach to ramping up" global production again.
BREAK: BMW says the manufacturing of the Mini is expected to gradually restart in Oxford from 18 May.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 30, 2020
Production of the car was put on hold last month due to the #coronavirus pandemic.
More in the news with @AlexJackFM at 4pm!
#MayMorning in Oxford is looking a little different in lockdown!— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 30, 2020
Our special podcast covers all the celebrations happening online tomorrow, and in people's own homes.
Featuring @MagdCollChoir @horns_of_plenty @DailyInfoOxford @OxfordCity @k_emzik
Thursday, April 30th, 2020 9:44am
Oxford University partners with drug giant to distribute Covid-19 vaccine
The move could allow for rapid vaccinaton around the world.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the agreement is "hugely welcome news."
Thursday, April 30th, 2020 5:45am
Fly-tipping on the rise in Oxford
The council says it’s an unnecessary distraction for staff trying to help those in need during the lockdown.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 4:00pm
Rise in online child sex abuse in Thames Valley during lockdown
Police are cracking down on criminals seeking to use the crisis for their own gain.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 8:11am
Loo roll panic buying causes rise in 'ragbergs' in Oxfordshire
People have apparently been using wet wipes, kitchen roll and even newspaper as an alternative!
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 6:30am
Oxford Uni ventilator design stood down
Four teams who responded to urgent calls for more machines for the NHS, including OxVent, no longer have the Government's support.
It's not like JACK to shut up, but even we'll be keeping quiet for a minute's silence at 11am for all health care and key workers who have paid the highest price. #neverforgotten pic.twitter.com/SqpoqRRJPI— JACKfm Oxfordshire (@JACKfmOxford) April 28, 2020
Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 8:24am
COVID-19: New Oxford app checks supermarket crowd levels
"Crowdless" aims to help people maintain social distancing during the pandemic.
Three NHS workers in #Oxfordshire who've died in the fight against Covid-19 will be among those remembered with a minutes silence this morning.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 28, 2020
Boris Johnson will lead the tribute to all frontline workers.
We're supporting it...your radio will fall silent at 11am.
BREAK: Nocturne Live at @BlenheimPalace has been postponed due to coronavirus.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 27, 2020
It will now take place 17-20th June 2021.
Organisers say if the artists can't reschedule for those dates you can get a refund.
Monday, April 27th, 2020 10:09am
Oxford Uni Professor: Contact tracing app to be released 'within weeks'
It could prevent one Covid-19 infection for every one or two people who download it.
Monday, April 27th, 2020 6:36am
Oxford Economics: Senior adviser warns Britain will pay for covid-19 measures for decades
Ian McCafferty says the UK's recovery is likely to be slower and shallower than first hoped.
Monday, April 27th, 2020 6:08am
Oxford vaccine trial participant 'fine' after reports of death
A fake article claimed Elisa Granato had died following complications after taking the vaccine.
Saturday, April 25th, 2020 6:25am
Didcot student 3D printing PPE for the John Radcliffe
Tom Pooley's been inspired by his mum, who works as a nurse at the JR Hospital.
Friday, April 24th, 2020 12:25pm
3,000 emergency food parcels sent to people in Oxford during lockdown
Some people are struggling to put food on the table for them and their families.
Friday, April 24th, 2020 7:08am
Universities face £2.5 billion funding "black hole" amid predicted collapse in student numbers
Oxford already announced cost-saving measures in a bid to protect its finances.
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 4:48pm
Coronavirus: Why Oxford Uni is so confident in an early vaccine win
The government's chief medical officer insists a jab is still 12 to 18 months off ...
But the team at the Jenner Institute believe they'll have a million doses and proof that it's safe and effective by September.
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 16:49pm
Covid-19 COULD have lasting effects on organs other than the lungs, according to an Oxford Uni expert.
A study's been launched to assess the effects on the lungs, heart, brain, liver and kidneys over 12 months.
Oxford's Dr Betty Raman is helping to lead it.
Hear the extended interview here
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 2:34pm
A&E visits plummet at Oxfordshire Hospitals
People are being urged not to avoid going because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 9:53am
OXFORD UNI: 20,000 UK households asked to provide throat swabs
It's a new study to track the spread of COVID-19.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 12:23pm
Coronavirus: Oxfordshire councils warn financial impact could be £100 million
They've written to the Government saying they will become financially unsustainable after the pandemic.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 9:04am
Ten years worth of ventilators are being made in nearly 10 weeks
Abingdon-based Penlon is one of the firms scaling up production of the devices.
Here's a brand new episode of our VIRAL podcast ...— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 22, 2020
Ft. school life after lockdown & free holidays for NHS staff!
Tonnes of other stuff too, including this lot 👇@NEUnion @ActInitiatives @JoinTeamOxford @UKAEAofficial @oxford_brookes @DonateYourPPE https://t.co/9wKSufSq8B
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 5:50am
Plane carrying protective equipment for health workers finally lands at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire
The PPE arrived from Turkey overnight, following days of delays.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 6:12pm
Oxford University's coronavirus vaccine to be trialled on patients from Thursday
Scientists have said it has an 80% chance of success.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 5:15pm
Oxford University: 12 month recruitment freeze and pilot furlough scheme announced
Professor Anne Trefethen said: "Our aim is to ensure Oxford emerges from this crisis as a stronger institution, and these measures will help reduce the financial impact of the lockdown."
Read more about it here
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 4:55pm
Coronavirus testing site for key workers to open in Oxford
The Deparment of Heath says it's part of the Government's push to increase testing in the UK.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 12:41pm
Bicester house closed down for breaking coronavirus rules
Local residents had been reporting anti-social behaviour
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 5:56am
Two Abingdon companies scale up production of coronavirus tests
They include a nasal swab which can give a result in under ten minutes.
Monday, April 20th, 2020 5:05pm
Global survey by Oxford Uni will explore effect of social distancing
It’ll track people’s feelings and experiences over a 3-month period.
Monday, April 20th, 2020 10:35am
Oxfordshire hospice expands to help with coronavirus crisis
The Katharine House Response Centre has been set up in Adderbury.
Monday, April 20th, 2020 7:41am
Oxfordshire nurse, 84, dies after contracting coronvarius
Margaret Tapley has been described as an 'inspiration.'
Sunday, April 19th, 2020 9:00am
Chippy Larder now giving out 450 food packages a week
The group delivers affordable food to households around Chipping Norton.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron has even been lending a hand as a delivery driver!
Saturday, April 18th, 2020 9:00am
Pregnant women are being urged to attend scheduled appointments after reports some are missing them in the hope of easing pressure on the NHS.
Oxford University Hospitals says its maternity service is still open 24/7.
Read more here
Friday, April 17th, 2020 3:33pm
400 volunteers could receive first dose of potential COVID-19 vaccine in Oxford next week
Oxford University experts hope to have at least a million doses available by about September.
Friday, April 17th, 2020 4:00am
Oxford University experts are working on a Covid-19 contact tracing app and say if 60% of the population use it, deaths will drop.
The app would alert users if someone they had come into contact with had tested positive.
The Government has ordered 15,000 new ventilators built by a company in Abingdon.
Penlon's Prima ES02 has been authorised for use in hospitals.
Read more about it here
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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, 6:22pm
Henley Royal Regatta has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Organisers say the decision will have 'significant' financial implications.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 7:09am
Oxford hospital trust appeals for more staff during Coroavirus pandemic
You don't need to have previous experience.
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 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
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.
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)
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 12:31pm
Oxford Uni to start recruiting for Covid-19 vaccine trials
It needs up to 510 healthy volunteers.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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
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 🚑
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.
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.
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."
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 4:45pm
Some sad news this afternoon, a temporary mortuary is being created in Oxfordshire
It's being prepared at the former RAF base at Heyford Park, with enough space to store up to 1,480 bodies.
Saturday, April 4th, 2020 11:02am
Oxfordshire man jailed for coughing at police officer
He said he had coronavirus.
Monday, April 6th, 2020 6:14am
John Radcliffe staff to get free meals, organised by the former boss of McLaren F1
Deliveries will start at the Oxford Hospital today.
Monday, April 6th, 2020 7:44am
Thames Valley Police stop a 'large number of people' out taking non-essential journeys this weekend
That included a man who was driving to jet wash his mother’s patio!
Monday, April 6th, 2020 4:31pm
Anneliese Dodds has been speaking to Jack following her appointment as Shadow Chancellor.
The Oxfordshire MP says her priority is to provide businesses with the support they need during the pandemic.
Monday, April 6th, 2020 4:35pm
Grove-based F1 team ROKiT Williams have put “a number of employees” on furlough
The team's drivers and senior management will take a 20% pay cut.
A couple in Oxford are planning to launch a ready-made cocktail delivery service! 😋— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 6, 2020
Mathias and Caitlin - founders of the Bearded Viking Drinks - say the coronavirus pandemic has "added a sense of immediacy" to their business venture.
More in the news with @k_emzik at 1pm. pic.twitter.com/VbEpXwZqxx
Monday, April 6th, 2020, 10:16pm
Coronavirus: Oxfordshire MPs thoughts with Boris Johnson in intensive care
The Prime Minister’s condition has worsened, Downing Street has said.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 2:14pm
Big construction projects in Oxford paused due to coronavirus
It includes the £100 million redevelopment of Blackbird Leys.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 3:05pm
Man jailed for breaching coronavirus rules in Oxfordshire
Simba Munyoro, from Milton Keynes, claimed to be moving a bed for a key worker on Saturday.
Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 6:00am
Campaign launched to give NHS heroes in Oxfordshire morale-boosting packs
Oxford Health Charity is asking for donations like hand creams, energy bars and specialty teas.
Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 1:41pm
Oxford Uni: Lack of blood samples hampering ability to find antibody test
Professor Sir John Bell said the team has struggled to get them from Public Health England.
Wow, it's huge!— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 8, 2020
Some locals in Luton took to Twitter wondering what was going on yesterday afternoon...
Well, we now know that the military aircraft from Brize Norton was practising landings there ✈️ https://t.co/HJEM54PxIJ
Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 3:38pm
Didcot postal workers walk out after staff member catches coronavirus
They say the Broadway site wasn't thoroughly cleaned after their colleague went off ill.
JACK's new Viral Podcast is out and this week we're talking everything from domestic abuse, to virtual churches, to cocktails!@AnnelieseDodds @OxUniStudents @OxfordCity @OwenMumford @MartynPercy @OxHealthCharity— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 8, 2020
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Thursday, April 9th, 2020 9:04am
We're staying in to “flatten the curve”, but lockdown is doing more than you think ...
Air pollution has more than HALVED in parts of Oxford since March 23rd.
The MP for Oxford East, and Labour's new shadow chancellor, has warned against the 'chaotic lifting' of lockdown@AnnelieseDodds says the exit strategy must be "communicated very clearly".— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 9, 2020
A Corba meeting is being held this afternoon to discuss a possible lockdown extension.
Friday, April 10th, 2020 6:07pm
Covid-19, self-isolate and elbow bump have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
It’s a “significant update” prompted by the coronavirus.
Saturday, April 11th, 2020 9:00am
COVID-19: Online services launched for brain injury survivors in Oxfordshire
Yoga, cooking and art classes are being put on digitally to prevent isolation during the pandemic.
Sunday, April 12th, 2020 10:32am
Two John Radcliffe Porters thought to have died after contracting coronavirus
Both men were married to nursing staff at the Oxford hospital.
250,000 medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) from Turkey has been unloaded at @RAFBrizeNorton in Oxfordshire.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 12, 2020
It will now be distributed to medical centres around the country, the MOD said.
PIC: Sgt 'Matty' Matthews RAF/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire pic.twitter.com/hA8C6LAv4i
Both pages have already raised over £11,000 eachhttps://t.co/srsHMZyDdy— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 12, 2020
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 6:35am
Too early to say if drug helped recovery, says Oxford covid-19 trial patient
56-year-old Claire Fuller is one of the first to take part in trials for possible treatments.
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 12:05pm
Mental health helpline launched in Oxfordshire to take pressure off 111
The NHS number has seen a big rise in demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 6:05am
Cancelled Cowley Road Carnival goes VIRTUAL
The street festival usually attracts tens of thousands of people to the city.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 6:35am
PPE crisis '21st century's Dunkrk,' says Oxford researcher
The department of health insists it's doing all it can to protect NHS staff.
Footfall in hospitals has dropped by 80% despite a surge in coronavirus-related admissions, and the least busiest time to go to the supermarket is 9am on a Tuesday!@UniofOxford has been using mobile phone location data to track all this.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 15, 2020
More in the news with @AlexJackFM at 1
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 4:30pm
Care provider 'deeply saddened' by deaths of 4 Witney care home residents
Three had tested positive for Covid-19 over the last few weeks.
Police have handed out 217 fines in the Thames Valley in 3 weeks, to people breaching the coronavirus restrictions.— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 15, 2020
The Chief Constable says most were to groups gathering in public.
A number of people have also been jailed for coughing at officers or members of the public!
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 6:05pm
Man jailed after coughing in the faces of police officers in Oxford
The 24-year-old is now in prison for 20 weeks.
Afternoon everyone 👋— JACK News (@jackfmnews) April 16, 2020
Our latest podcast on the #coronavirus in #Oxfordshire is out now and features some heartwarming local stories!
Hear from @CllrTomHayes, @CowleyCarnival, @MarstonSaints and @HeadwayOxford and more...
Have a listen 👇https://t.co/9wKSuga1xb
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.'
"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
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
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
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
They're temporarily shutting down all plants across Europe...https://t.co/yr8nzDkpy5— JACK News (@jackfmnews) March 18, 2020
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.
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
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
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.
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 12:31pm
Five Coronavirus help hubs are being set up in Oxford
Volunteers will deliver food and medical supplies to vulnerable people.
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.
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, April 7th, 2020 6:05am
Oxford company uses AI to identify Coronavirus cases more effectively
For the tech to work, Zegami is asking local hospital trusts to provide Covid-19 x-rays.
Thursday, April 9th, 2020 6:06am
OXFAM: Economic fallout from coronavirus could push half a billion more people into poverty
The Oxford-based charity says urgent action's needed to support developing countries.
A new paper co-authored by Oxford Uni says the Covid-19 pandemic will have a lasting effect on global mental health.
The Oxford Internet Institute experts say monitoring mental health must be a priority during the global response.
Read more about it here
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 6:00am
Covid-19 antibody test `at least a month away´ says Oxford expert
The Government will be asking for refunds from companies that can't improve the failed tests.