Coronavirus News Index

  • Survey – Your Experiences of Health Care During Coronavirus
    We at Disability Partnership Calderdale would like to ask you for your help… Have you used any Health or Care services since lockdown began? Or have you visited someone, or helped someone who was attending a health or care …
  • Gov’t Advice: Majority of children no longer need to shield
    The majority of children currently considered extremely clinical vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) will be able to be removed from the shielded patient list, according to Government advice published on 6 July 2020. Evidence …
  • “Shocking” Coronavirus Death Statistics For Disabled People
    Report by John Pring on the Disability News Service website Disabled people’s organisations have demanded an inquiry into the reasons behind the disproportionately high number of deaths of disabled people during the pandemic, …
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    BMJ Weekly Newsletter
    The BMJ publish a weekly Newsletter which has a huge range of medical news, articles and features – see below for the latest edition (6/7/2020). Getting it right in the pandemic The pandemic is far from over, but it’s …
  • Video: Using Direct Payments To Pay For A PA
    This webinar from the website be-human.org.uk is for anyone employing PA’s (Personal Assistants) using their Direct Payments and is focused on employers and employees for people on Direct Payments via a personal budget or …
  • Gov’t Advice: Young Carers & Young Adult Carers
    This is the Government’s guidance and information for people under the age of 25 who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This guidance is for anyone under 25 who cares for a family …
  • Coronavirus Advice and Guidance: Alternative Formats
    Coronavirus Advice and Guidance: Alternative Formats, Community Languages and Information for other Groups of People. A good selection of alternative versions of advice on Coronavirus can be found here on the Calderdale Council …
  • Gov’t guidance for people receiving direct payments
    Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Details This guidance sets out the main messages for …
  • Gov’t Advice: Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak
    You can help control coronavirus and travel safely by: working from home where possible shopping locally and less often considering all other forms of transport, such as cycling and walking, before using public transport avoiding …
  • Gov’t Advice: Meeting people from outside your household
    The government recognises how difficult it has been for people to be cut off from their family and friends in recent months. This has been necessary to help us all stay alert, control the virus and save lives. This guidance …
  • Latest Gov’t Advice For Those Not Shielding
    The UK Government is continuing to ease Coronavirus-related restrictions and its advice reflects that – here is a summary of the changes that came into force on 4 July 2020: From 4 July (More details here): you can meet in …
  • Latest Gov’t Guidance for People who are Shielding
    6-July-2020 Link: Easy Read Version Of This Advice The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that coronavirus COVID-19 infection rates have decreased significantly over the last few …
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    Analysis: Hand Hygiene Effectiveness
    What is the evidence for the effectiveness of hand hygiene in preventing the transmission of respiratory viruses? This is a research paper prepared for the Government and published on 2 July 2020. Key conclusions (Read the full …
  • Calderdale public toilets to re-open from 7 July
    Calderdale Council is planning to re-open one public toilet facility, including RADAR key accessible toilets, in each town in Calderdale from Tuesday 7 July. To help support the reopening of local businesses one toilet block will …
  • Government guidance for people receiving direct payments
    Guidance – the Government has published advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Documents …
  • How Scotland is Beating COVID-19
    Writing on the BMJ’s blogging website, Devi Sridhar and Adriel Chen look at how Scotland is on course to eliminating the virus. In April 2020, the Scottish government issued a framework for decision-making on covid-19 which …
  • Safely sharing space in Calderdale’s countryside
    Calderdale Council is reminding visitors to the borough’s outdoor spaces or countryside sites to act responsibly and respect the local environment, people and animals. As more people spend time outdoors enjoying the Calderdale …
  • Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced
    Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the …
  • What a “Local Lockdown” Looks Like
    The Government have introduced a local lockdown in the Midlands city of Leicester following a spike in Coronavirus cases there. This is a step that we are likely to see more often as the fight against the virus becomes more …
  • Report: Recovery position: what next for the NHS?
    This report, based on the first full survey of NHS trust leaders since Covid-19 started, sets out the scale of increased demand and the dramatic loss of capacity many trusts are now facing as the NHS juggles treating Covid-19 …
  • Government’s Shielding Advice Update Letter & Video
    Last week the Government sent out a letter to everyone who has been shielding during the Coronavirus Pandemic. In the letter, they spell out the upcoming changes to the advice they are giving on shielding, with a two-stage easing …
  • Calderdale Markets Re-Open
    Calderdale Council have announced that all of our indoor and outdoor markets are now almost fully open. The exceptions are hairdressers, barbers and beauticians, which will remain closed until the government gives further …
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    Read Latest BMJ Newsletter
    The British Medical Journal (BMJ) is now a global company, sharing medical information and knowledge, much of it free access – here’s their latest newsletter, which contains some excellent analysis of the Coronavirus …
  • West Yorkshire Trading Standards SCAM Updates
    29/6/2020 Keeping products safe during COVID-19 Trading Standards have seen a huge shift in its workload as part of its response to the current pandemic. Seldom complained about products are now at the forefront of enforcement …
  • COVID-19 Analysis: Behaviours & Mental Health of The Extremely Vulnerable
    This is a new analysis, from the Government, of clinically extremely vulnerable people (the shielding population) in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their behaviours and mental and physical …
  • New Thread – monthly newsletter from Calderdale Council,
    The New Thread is a newsletter from Calderdale Council, issued monthly to keep you up to date with their news. Why not share it with your friends and family so they can subscribe too? You can Subscribe here New Thread – 26 …
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    Analysis: Managing Infection Risk
    The Government has published a new paper on managing infection risk in high contact occupations. The full paper is available on their website, whilst we publish the summary below. Although not directly aimed at people with …
  • Bus Service Updates
    We’ve had a few more updates to local bus services from Metro West Yorkshire: TIMETABLES: There will be changes to some bus timetables from Sunday 28 June 2020. Timetables are available to view on wymetro.com. Please check …
  • Councils Encourage To Re-Open Public Toilets
    Local Government Minister Simon Clarke and Environment Minister Rebecca Pow have written to councils encouraging them to continue to open up household waste recycling centres and municipal public toilets. In particular, they have …
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    British Medical Journal Response To Lockdown Easing
    From http://www.bmj.com/ The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a major relaxation of England’s lockdown rules, including reducing social distancing from two metres to at least one metre “with precautions.” The new guidelines, …
  • Checking Your Alcohol Consumption
    Alcohol consumption during COVID-19 Many of us are drinking more alcohol during lockdown and this is understandable; however, it can be a health risk, contributing to an increase in weight and affecting your physical and mental …
  • How To Get Tested For Coronavirus – Capacity Increased Again
    Six new ‘walk through’ local testing sites are now offering appointments to people in England, with the capacity to test hundreds of people each day. Summary Access to coronavirus testing increased further with six new ‘walk …
  • First Buses Update: Help For Disabled Passengers
    We recently published a news item about First Buses’ updated app which gives real-time updates for passengers on the availability of seats on approaching buses, plus whether a bus’s wheelchair space is currently …
  • Bus App Now Shows Capacity & Wheelchair Spaces
    Earlier this month First Buses updated their mobile app to show bus capacity in ‘real-time’. This has enabled customers across the region to live track the location of their next bus and its available capacity. The display will …
  • Mask Exemption Cards – Print & Wear
    From 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a bus, coach, train, taxi or tram. Visit our Face Coverings page for tips on how to obtain or make your own face coverings. Reasons …
  • Safeguarding Contacts in Calderdale
    Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we should all be aware of the need to look out for each other, especially vulnerable adults and children. If you are concerned about a child please call MAST on 01422 393336. If you …
  • Mental Health Update – Help in Calderdale
    “INSIGHT Talking Therapies ( Calderdale ) has changed its name and is now called Vita Minds (Calderdale IAPT ) . Their contact number is 03330153494. Email iapt.calderdale@vhg.co.uk:  Website www.vitahealthgroup.co.uk Don’t …
  • Gov’t Advice: Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July
    This Government guidance explains how you can protect yourself and others from coronavirus when meeting people that you do not live with. It applies from 4 July. The existing guidance will continue to apply until that date. At …
  • Gov’t Advice: Staying alert and safe (social distancing) after 4 July
    This is the Government’s guidance, that will apply from 4 July, that explains the measures that will help you to stay alert and stay as safe as possible as we continue to respond to the challenges of coronavirus. Until …
  • Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers to reopen from 4 July
    The Government’s new Covid-19 secure guidance for the hospitality sector and hairdressers means businesses will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, provided they meet government criteria for keeping staff and …
  • Government review of two metre social distancing guidance
    Over the last fortnight, a review panel, led by the Permanent Secretary to No10 and including the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Chief Medical Officer, and the Chief Economic Adviser to HM Treasury, has considered the …
  • Lockdown Easing: reopening of tourism and attractions on July 4
    Guidance on Tourism and the Visitor Economy, published 24 June 2020, will help to get the tourism sector back up and running so the public can safely take domestic holidays  and visit attractions on days out A new VisitEngland …
  • Gov’t Advice: Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July
    The latest Government advice on how you can see people that you do not live with while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) from 4 July 2020. Note, there is separate advice on shielding & protecting …
  • Latest General Lockdown Easing Schedule
    Tuesday 23 June saw news of more easing of lockdown measures in England: From Saturday 4th July: pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. two households will be …
  • Gov’t Guidance on shielding & protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
    This is the updated Government Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 – Updated 23 June 2020 What has changed? The government has updated its guidance for people …
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    Covid-19: Local teams trace 8 times more contacts than national service
    By Elisabeth Mahase, for the BMJ Related content – Test and trace: it didn’t have to be this way – A doctor describes her experience of working in the test and trace service Local health protection teams have traced …
  • Face Masks & Face Mask Exemptions: A Disability Horizons Guide
    New face mask rules in the UK mean that everyone must wear a face covering on public transport. But what if that is difficult for you to do because of a disability or health condition? Disability Horizons, the online disability …
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    King’s Fund Newsletter – COVID-19 Analysis
    The King’s Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. Their vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all. They publish some excellent articles and …
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    Vitamin D – Does It Reduce Covid-19 Risks?
    As agencies announce they are examining whether vitamin D supplements could reduce the risk of covid-19, the BMJ’s Ingrid Torjesen finds out what the existing evidence shows Public health agencies in England and Scotland …
  • Public Toilet Finder Website
    Finding public toilets can be tough at the best of times. But during the current circumstances, it’s harder than ever. However, there’s a new website that aims to address the problem, with our help. …
  • Lockdown To Be Eased For People Shielding
    Millions of people shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19) will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July. Advisory guidance to be eased for 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people across …
  • Calderdale & Huddersfield Foundation Trust Patient Survey
    Since the start of the Covid19 pandemic, hospital and community services at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, like others across the country, have had to work in different ways.  Where it has been possible, they …
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    Coronavirus Statistics/Data
    Below we list several excellent sources of statistics and data about the Coronavirus – Office for National Statistics: Catch up on the latest data and analysis related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact …
  • Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    The Disability Rights UK Newsletter is an excellent source of news and comment on the lives of people with disabilities living in the UK. Here’s the latest edition, dated 19 June: Disabled women over 11 times more likely to …
  • Government support for social housing residents
    Below are various versions of a letter from Christopher Pincher, Minister of State for Housing, to social housing residents in England setting out all the measures that are in place to support social housing residents during the …
  • Guide: Re-Opening Inclusive Activities
    As more opportunities to be active resume, new guidance from the Activity Alliance will help providers to enable welcoming, and more accessible environments. Activity Alliance has published Reopening Activity: An inclusive …
  • Covid-19 guidance for extremely vulnerable in other languages.
    You can find guidance on shielding and protecting those defined as extremely vulnerable on medical grounds from COVID-19 on the Gov.uk website. This advice is currently provided translated in some foreign languages  (Arabic, …
  • Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service for adults in Calderdale
    Sometimes just a brew and a chat would just do and the Staying Well Hub team have found a way to bring this simple yet vital service back. Although face to face may not be an option at the present, the new telephone befriending …
  • Lip-Reading Face Masks
    A Scottish company is manufacturing and selling face masks with a clear panel that makes the wearer’s mouth visible, thus allowing them to communicate with someone who relies on lip-reading. Here’s the company’s …
  • Mask Exemption Cards – Print & Wear
    From 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a bus, coach, train, taxi or tram. Visit our Face Coverings page for tips on how to obtain or make your own face coverings. …
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    Science – Top Coronavirus Stories & Analysis of the Week
    The New Scientist magazine produces a weekly email round-up of the top science-themed news stories of the week – here’s this week’s selection Preventing pandemics We knew how to prevent a pandemic like the …
  • Easy Read guidance for households with possible coronavirus
    The Government has published guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. A series of stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection includes an excellent “Easy …
  • Next phase of NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) app announced
    The government has announced the next phase of development in building an app that supports the NHS Test and Trace service. This next phase will bring together the work done so far on the NHS COVID-19 app and the new Google/Apple …
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    Priority Groups for COVID-19 Vaccination
    The Government have published (Published 18 June 2020) an independent report by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in which they outline interim advice on which groups should receive COVID-19 vaccination as a …
  • Council Continue To Support Vulnerable People
    Calderdale Council continue to offer support for vulnerable people who are shielding. They are also very keen to point out that they also providing assistance to anyone who has been removed from the shielded list who still needs …
  • Optometrists expand services to offer wider care to patients
    Services expand as The College of Optometrists’ survey shows 22% of people noticed their vision get worse over the course of lockdown The College of Optometrists has announced that from Monday, 15 June, optometrists across …
  • Calderdale Council’s Frequently asked questions for vulnerable residents
    Are you in need of additional support? You can contact Calderdale Council via: Our website – http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus-covid-19/support-extremely-vulnerable If you don’t have internet access you can call 01422 …
  • Update: Calderdale Council’s Young Carers Service
    It’s been business as (the new) normal for Calderdale Council’s Young Carers Service, which says “it’s certainly been a challenge to adapt to supporting young carers virtually but it’s great to see their …
  • Calderdale Sign Language Service Update
    The Calderdale Sign Language service are continuing to adapt their services to the deaf community requirements.  Currently all services are being delivered by face time calls with medical services and Council services.  If deaf …
  • Test & Trace FAQ’s
    The Test and Trace service is an important weapon against the Coronavirus in the UK. Here’s the Government’s latest FAQ on the subject based on questions form the general public. How do I know that I’m being contacted …
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    The Health Foundation Covid-19 survey
    The Health Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct a representative poll of the general public in Great Britain to understand opinion on a range of issues. A report has now been published and looks at topics including: • …
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    Steroid cuts death in ventilated patients by a third
    Low dose dexamethasone reduces deaths in patients hospitalised with covid-19 who need ventilation, according to preliminary results from the RECOVERY trial. The drug was also found to reduce deaths by one fifth in other …
  • Face Coverings A Guide: including how to get one free!
    Cloth face coverings are to become compulsory on public transport from June 15th and are also  recommended where social distancing is not possible (e.g. shops). The Government is encouraging people to make their own face …
  • Mask Exemption Cards – Print & Wear
    From 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a bus, coach, train, taxi or tram. Visit our Face Coverings page for tips on how to obtain or make your own face coverings. …
  • Meals on Wheels Brochure
    I hope you are keeping safe and well. Park Meals have updated their Meals on Wheels brochure – ParkCareBrochure2020 (pdf) Park Meals deliver 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  The service is completely flexible – there …
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    Human trials of Imperial College COVID-19 vaccine
    Clinical researchers will begin human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Imperial College London. Beginning this week (w/c 15 June), the study will be the first time the vaccine has been trialled in …
  • Survey: Calderdale health & care during Covid-19
    If you have contacted (or tried to contact) health and care services during the Covid-19 outbreak, please fill in this survey. Whatever your experience, your views are wanted. Developed in partnership across Calderdale, between …
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    We cannot reduce excess deaths unless we know what’s causing them
    Author: Veena S Raleigh for the BMJ – June 2020 The number of deaths from covid-19 in the UK is among the highest reported internationally, second only to the US.1 This covid-19 related mortality surge comes on the heels of …
  • Guidance for those accessing a Direct Payment
    The latest guidance for those accessing a Direct Payment is now available on the Government Website – it’s a comprehensive collection of advice and documents, so please read through the notes carefully. …
  • BSL Videos On Covid-19 & Benefit Changes
    The Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have produced a range of BSL videos on coronavirus and benefit changes. These include new content for Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay. You can view these …
  • Good Read: Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disability Rights UK produce an excellent newsletter – here’s the latest copy: ‘Isolated, alone, forgotten’ – DR UK shielding survey reveals huge sense of lack of safety and neglect Eighty-five per cent of people …
  • West Yorkshire Public Transport Covid-19 FAQs
    This useful FAQ covers many of the changes to the public transport system in Calderdale (and West Yorkshire) during the current Coronavirus pandemic. What is the current status of public transport in West Yorkshire?    We are …
  • West Yorkshire Transport Survey
    Will you change the way you travel in the future? The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is keen to understand how COVID-19 is affecting your feelings about public transport and how you might travel in future. They would like to …
  • Survey: health & care experiences during Covid-19
    If you have contacted (or tried to contact) health and care services during the Covid-19 outbreak, please fill in this survey. Whatever your experience, your views are wanted. Developed in partnership across Calderdale, between …
  • Scam Alerts – 15 June 2020
    Here’s a selection of the latest scams circulating in West Yorkshire and beyond: Traders in Leeds reported to be selling fish & seafood on the doorstep, using high pressure sales tactics to target consumers who are …
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    R-Number Set To Go Regional – And Become Less Relevant!
    With the UK government set to release R-numbers regionally, somewhat ironically the R-number is becoming less relevant as the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK begins to tail off. The excellent New Scientist website looked into the …
  • Coronavirus and the social impacts: 12 June 2020
    This is the regular Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 4 June to 7 June 2020, used by the Government to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great …
  • Govt Advice: Meeting people from outside your household
    This guidance explains how you can now see people you do not live with, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. In England, there are 2 ways that you can do this: meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people with …
  • Face Coverings & Transport – When You Need To wear Them
    Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak This update covers the main changes in travel advice coming into force on Monday June 15 2020, with particular emphasis on face coverings, when you have to wear them and what …
  • PUB QUIZ 7 (Nature) – Have a Go!
    Pub quizzes are all the rage at the moment as the nation looks to occupy itself and here at Disability Partnership Calderdale, we’re hooked. Here’s our latest quiz, which is entirely nature based. There are no prizes – why not …
  • NHS launches new online support for people with diabetes
    New online tools for people living with diabetes are now available on the NHS to help people manage their condition during the coronavirus pandemic. Three new services will allow people to manage their condition online, with a …
  • Survey Results: Coronavirus – Social impacts on disabled people
    This is a new document reporting the results of a survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), looking at the social impact of the Coronavirus on people with disabilities in Great Britain. It’s an important …
  • Support Bubbles – Advice For People Who Are Shielding
    The Government’s new Support Bubble advice includes some very important exceptions, particularly if you are shielding or have particular medical or workplace issues. If You Are Shielding If you are clinically extremely …
  • Making a support bubble with another household
    The government has announced another easing of the Coronavirus lockdown aimed particularly at people who have been cut off from their family and friends in recent months, for whom the new “Support Bubbles” advice has …
  • Government Announces New “Support Bubble” Advice
    The government has announced another easing of the Coronavirus lockdown aimed particularly at people who have been cut off from their family and friends in recent months, for whom the new “Support Bubbles” advice has …
  • Guidance for people receiving direct payments, their families and PAs
    The government has produced an updated version of their advice document entitled “Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants”. …
  • Scams: HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails and texts
    The Government has published a guide on how to recognise when contact from HMRC is genuine, and how to recognise phishing or bogus emails and text messages. Genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails Details Phishing is …
  • Council Update – 10 Point Coronavirus Plan
    Calderdale council have recently (8 June) updated their ten-point-plan to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic – – read their plan on their website here ….or we’ve popped the plan on our website below: How is the …
  • Shops, Stores & Shopping Centres Get Green Light To Open
    Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, the Government has confirmed (9/6/20). Key Points All non-essential retail shops to reopen in England from Monday 15 June, provided they …
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    Analysis: Is it safe for shielders to go out?
    Here’s an article from the New Scientist website that looks at the complicated issues surrounding the easing of lockdown for people who are vulnerable and shielding. It’s a good counterpoint to government advice and …