Calderdale Covid-19 Update

Current Data on Infection Rates in Calderdale

  • In the 7 days prior to 18th August: Overall rate in Calderdale was 397.3 per 100,000, 4 up on the previous figures.
  • As of July 31, Rates were highest in young people aged 17-29 years but we have also seen an increase in adults aged 25-29 and 60-79.
  • As of Aug 18, 52 acute beds, and 8 intensive care beds were occupied by Covid patients in Calderdale.

PCR & Laternal Flow Testing

A PCR test must be taken if you have any of the 3 main symptoms of Covid-19 (new cough, fever or loss/change to sense of taste or smell). You should also take a PCR test if:

You have been identified as a contact of a positive case and you are feeling generally unwell yourself – this doesn’t have to be any of the 3 main symptoms.

You have received a positive lateral flow test result (see below).

While you are waiting for a PCR test and its results you should start to self isolate.

Twice weekly rapid lateral flow testing continues available to everyone without symptoms. You can:

Order test kits online to be delivered to your home (Google order lateral flow test).
Collect test kits to take home from a local pharmacy. There is a website https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/ (or Google rapid test kit map) that will show you the nearest place you can collect from. Medium or large businesses can also ask for tests to be done in house.

If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result you should book a PCR test to confirm the result within 2 days. You must start to isolate straight away while you are waiting for your PCR test and its result.

If you have been identified as a contact of somebody who has tested positive a negative lateral flow test does not mean that you can cut short your isolation period.

Ideally you should register your LFT results online each time you use a kit and within 24 hours of taking the test (or Google Report lateral flow test) but this is not essential. It is more important that you take the tests regularly and you act straight away if you get a positive result.

In England, most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4.

Government guidance now states:

  • You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
  • There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship. COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

Useful Links

Government Guidance England: How to Stay Safe and Prevent the Spread of Covid

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

Community testing Calderdale:

https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-guidance/community-coronavirus-testing-calderdale

Grab A Jab: Walk-in Vaccination Clinics Calderdale, updated weekly:

https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/walk-in-vaccination-clinics/

Request support Calderdale:

https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus/help/request-support or ring 01422 392890

Test and Trace support payment Calderdale:

https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus-covid-19/help-people-and-communities/test-and-trace-support-payment