Calderdale’s Test & Trace Launches Friday 14 August

Because of our high infection rate, Calderdale has been given the opportunity to deliver a local Covid-19 contact tracing service to work hand-in-hand with the national NHS Test and Trace service. This will be launched on Friday 14th  August, subject to approval at a meeting with Government on that day.

Local contact tracing will work by details of contacts of people who have tested positive for Covid-19, that have not been reached by the national service within 48 hours, being passed to the local public health team. Efforts will then be made to contact them, by text, phone or by knocking on their doors, to give them advice and support to self-isolate. The local service will be delivered by a partnership between Calderdale Council, local NHS organisations, local businesses and local voluntary and community groups, all of whom have in-depth knowledge of local communities, that no national service can ever be expected to have.

You can help us bring our infection rate down by getting simple messages about protecting ourselves and others, out to people; and by letting us know about any intelligence you have about people not adhering to the coronavirus restrictions.

How we can protect ourselves and our loved ones:
 Wash or sanitise hands frequently
 Practice good respiratory hygiene – Catch it, Kill it, Bin it
 Avoid gatherings, crowded places and close contact with others
 Don’t visit or have visits from people outside your household or support bubble in homes or gardens. This includes care home visiting
 If you do come into contact with people outside your household/bubble observe social distancing – 2 metres. This may not apply in your workplace depending on your job
 Wear a face covering, in enclosed spaces where there are people outside your household bubble (other than at work) such as in shops, taxis, places of worship, visits to NHS services

For those if us who have symptoms or have been in contact with someone with the virus
 If you get symptoms, stay at home for 10 days, self-isolate and book a test online by visiting the NHS  website, there are different ways you can get a test to suit your circumstances, including walk-up, home delivery and drive in
 If you are contacted by the test and trace service and told you have been in contact with a confirmed covid-19 case, follow the advice you are given. This will be to stay at home for 14 days
 If you need support because you have been advised to self-isolate visit Calderdale Council website and click on coronavirus on the front page if you can’t get online call 01422 392890.