Coronavirus News Index

  • Slight Lockdown Easing For Vulnerable People
    Vulnerable people in England who have been asked to remain at home since the coronavirus lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday. Those with families will be able to go out once a day with members of their …
  • PUB QUIZ 6 (Sport) – 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 sport based. There are no prizes – why not …
  • Government Answers To Public Questions
    This is the most recent selection of questions asked by the public and answered and published by the Government on 28 May 2020. Social distancing, and seeing your family and friends Can you clarify the difference between social …
  • Six people can meet outside from June 1
    Links: Our Government Advice Homepage / News Homepage Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed. However, those who are …
  • A Guide to Coronavirus Testing
    Here’s the UK Government’s guide to the Coronavirus tests that are being used in this country. With Test and Trace now launched, it’s a useful guide to what to expect if you are in line to be tested. Testing for …
  • Stay Alert – A Personal View From Disability Partnership Calderdale
    The Trustees of Disability Partnership Calderdale met earlier this week via the zoom video conferencing app and one of the topics they discussed was the easing of lockdown and their perceptions of the ongoing risks to people with …
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    How To Lower Your Coronavirus Risk in Different Settings
    At work, school and seeing friends: How to lower your coronavirus risk is an excellent new article on the New Scientist website, by Linda Geddes. Here we have some of the key points, though the whole article contains more detail, …
  • Test & Trace – How It Works
    See also: Test & Trace User’s Guide A Guide to Coronavirus Testing Guidance For Contacts Of People Who Test Positive Stay At Home Advice For Those with Possible Infections Stay At Home Guidance – Households with …
  • Test & Trace – A User’s Guide
    See also: How Test & Trace Works A Guide to Coronavirus Testing Guidance For Contacts Of People Who Test Positive Stay At Home Advice For Those with Possible Infections  Stay At Home Guidance – Households with …
  • Scams – Latest Alerts in Our Area
    West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams. What is happening at the moment in West Yorkshire? An increase in fraud involving the sale of pets online. Whilst in lockdown, many people have been …
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    Science: How COVID-19 is Transmitted
    Research compiled by the Environmental and Modelling Group for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and Published on 26 May 2020. This paper looks at transmission through airborne, droplet and contact routes. It …
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    Selected NHS patients to access coronavirus treatment remdesivir
    The anti-viral drug remdesivir will be made available to patients meeting certain clinical criteria to support their recovery in hospital. Innovative medicine with promising results in clinical trials to be made available to …
  • Lockdown exercise videos for all disabled people
    The website Disability Horizons is an excellent source of news and information for people with disabilities, they also have a well stocked shop and a really helpful newsletter.  Mish Choudhury has just put together this selection …
  • Call for clear face masks to help deaf people
    This is an interesting story that appeared on the BBC website this morning, looking at why clear face masks might become the norm in the near future. It’s now part of daily life for many of us – struggling to work out …
  • Prime Minister sets out timeline for retail to reopen in June
    Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed …
  • Antibody tests for health and social care staff and patients
    New antibody testing programme to provide tens of thousands of antibody tests per day across the UK from this week. All NHS and care staff in England will be offered a test, with patients and care residents eligible at their …
  • Report: COVID-19, Social Intergration & How We Communicate
    The All Party Parliamentary Group has published a new report following its recent Social Integration inquiry into social connection during the Covid-19 crisis. It finds that the lockdown has reinforced the importance of digital …
  • 10 Minute NHS and Active Calderdale Workouts
    If you need some ideas and inspiration there are some 10 minute workouts from NHS and loads of ideas on the Active Calderdale Staying Active page for everyone, some 10 minutes and lots longer. Marie the Active Workforce Lead, has …
  • New Guide To Benefits Post Coronavirus Outbreak
    The benefit system has undergone swift change due to the Coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak. Most of these changes are detailed in the recently published Disability Rights Handbook 2020/2021. But in a special free supplement, the …
  • £300 million for local authorities to support test & trace
    Local authorities will be central to supporting the new test and trace service in England, with the government providing a new funding package of £300 million. Local authorities to work with government to support test and trace …
  • Up to £15 million for Citizens’ Advice
    Link: Citizens’ Advice and other financial/benefits advice sources Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland to receive funding boost of up to £15 million to help them deal with increased demand during the COVID-19 …
  • PUB QUIZ 5 – 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. There are no prizes – why not play with a relative …
  • Calderdale Council: FAQs for vulnerable residents
    Are you in need of additional support from Calderdale Council? You can contact them via: website – http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus-covid-19/support-extremely-vulnerable  If you don’t have internet access you can call …
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    New Scientist COVID-19 FAQ
    The New Scientist magazine has compiled a broad COVID-19 FAQ based on questions submitted by its readers – if you want to know the answers to any or all the questions below, visit the New Scientist website (an excellent …
  • Support Options For Domestic Violence Victims
    Domestic Violence is an ongoing problem in society and the Coronavirus pandemic has produced a spike of cases as people are forced to spend more time than normal together in a situation where anxiety and depression are also …
  • Coronavirus Support for Children & Young People
    If you have children, grandchildren or other young people in your life who are worried about coronavirus, Open Minds Calderdale provides emotional health and wellbeing support that they might find helpful. The World Health …
  • Calderdale Council’s Statement on Schools Reopening
    Keeping Schools Safe: COVID-19 Update from Julie Jenkins, Director of Children and Young People’s Services This statement was sent out by Calderdale Council on Tuesday 19 May 2020. For details of Calderdale Council’s …
  • Government Definition of COVID-19 Vulnerable Groups
    This is the Government’s definition of the various COVID-19 vulnerable groups and a brief outline of how they are identified and the support available to them. For more information on the support the Government is offering, …
  • The UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy
    Our plan to rebuild: the UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy This is the Government’s recently published document that describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, …
  • Report: Covid-19 and the nation’s mental health
    Covid-19 and the nation’s mental health Forecasting needs and risks in the UK: This is a new report from the Centre for Mental Health, authored by Dr Graham Durcan, Nick O’Shea and Louis Allwood You can read the full report …
  • Council Addresses Direct Payment Concerns
    Here is a copy of a letter that Calderdale Council is sending out to recipients of direct payments from Adults or Children’s Services, addressing their concerns and clarifying the steps needed to get support and advice. Further …
  • Public Health England Easy Read Advice for the Vulnerable
    This Public Health England document provides a summary of the main guidance produced to help vulnerable individuals, groups and communities to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and to manage the impact of shielding and …
  • Large Print Copy of Council Support FAQs
    Calderdale council has produced a Frequently asked questions for vulnerable residents. These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been put together to help people understand what help is available during these difficult times. …
  • Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests
    As of May 18 2020, everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; and now also a loss of or change …
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    New Scientist – What They Are Suggesting Your Read/View About COVID-19
    The New Scientist magazine also has a thriving online presence and it provides a good source of information about Coronavirus that is generally more analytical and scientific. Here’s their latest round-up of recommended …
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    SAGE Report – Covid-19: What is needed for the future?
    The Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) – Covid-19: What is needed for the future? This report gives a really good overview of current scientific thinking on how the UK might continue and win the …
  • Shielding & Protecting the extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.
    This is a reminder of the guidance for shielding people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including children. It’s also for their family, friends and carers. People who are clinically extremely vulnerable should have …
  • COVID-19 Symptoms Update
    Symptoms The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following: a new continuous cough a high temperature a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) For most …
  • Getting PPE If You Care For A Vulnerable Person
    Many vulnerable people who rely on carers have had concerns that their Personal Assistants may not have access to the correct PPE. Additionally if the PA is sick, or self-isolating and the person has had to rely on an extended …
  • Advice on Outdoor Activities in Calderdale
    This is a good round-up of practical advice and information from Active Calderdale (Calderdale Council) on outdoor activities in the area. We are all spending more time at home, distancing ourselves from large gatherings, or …
  • New Info For Social Housing Residents
    The Government has written to all social housing residents in England, to update them on recent changes. It covers a lot of ground, including Maintenance and Repairs, regulations covering work on homes where people are …
  • The ‘best and easiest outpatient visit’ of my life
    This account, from the Macular Society, reminds us that it’s important to keep seeking medical attention as normal, despite any concerns we might have about Coronavirous. As many people remain frightened to attend their …
  • NHS Planning For Increasing “Routine” Hospital Treatments
    Health leaders have set out a series of measures to help local hospitals plan to increase routine operations and treatment, while keeping the necessary capacity and capability to treat future coronavirus patients. Over the coming …
  • NHS Planning Ahead For 2020-21 Flu Immunisation
    The NHS is planning ahead for the national flu immunisation programme 2020/21 1. It is more important than ever that we have effective plans in place for the 2020/21 flu season to protect those at risk, prevent ill-health and …
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    Government begins large scale study of coronavirus immunity
    Government Press Release – Published 17 May 2020 Antibody testing will help to understand levels of immunity and the role of genetics Up to 20,000 people of all ages and walks of life to take part for at least 6 months Up …
  • Deaf People Disadvantaged By Face Coverings & Coronavirus in General
    This is a thought-provoking article from the BBC website, looking at how face coverings are potentially disadvantaging those with hearing impairments. People who are deaf or have hearing loss will struggle to communicate if more …
  • Local coronavirus testing for essential workers and their households
    One of the most challenging things about coronavirus is the uncertainty: not knowing who has the infection and, for our essential workers and their households, when it’s safe to return to work if they have had coronavirus …
  • Government’s Test & Trace Programme Expands
    The government has announced the expansion of the expert team leading on the rapid nationwide roll-out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) test and trace programme. Here’s their press release on the news: On 12 May 2020, the …
  • Update: Mourners Allowed To Attend Park Wood Crematorium
    Mourners in Calderdale will soon be able to enter the chapel at Park Wood Crematorium once more to attend the funeral service of a loved one. Any new bookings will allow up to ten mourners to enter the crematorium chapel to …
  • FAQs – If you receive direct payments & have a PA
    This is a document produced by Calderdale Council and tackles a range of questions about direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak. It includes an FAQ Many people who receive a Direct Payment for their care and support are …
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    SAGE Report – Covid-19: what are the options for the UK?
    The Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) – Covid-19: what are the options for the UK? This report, which we have the “Executive Summary” of below (Report published in full here), gives a …
  • Survey: How To Make You Feel Safer About Scams
    Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership and Safeguarding Adults Board would like to know how they can help children and young people and vulnerable adults feel safer during Covid-19. They are looking to receive feedback on a …
  • Current Advice On Face Coverings
    This is the latest Government advice on the use of face coverings: Face Coverings: Key Points People who use public transport or visit shops should consider covering their mouth and nose Social distancing and regular handwashing …
  • Lead The Way – Craft & Movie Sessions
    Tracey from Lead the Way has been busy organising some virtual activities for people with learning disabilities to take place on Thursday 14th May and Thursday 21st May, both at 1pm. She is also arranging movie days/nights where …
  • Scams – This Week’s Trends
    What Scams are trending at the moment in West Yorkshire? Email circulating to businesses purporting to be from the Chief Finance Officer from Local Councils advising them of eligibility for a £25,000 grant. This is not genuine …
  • Scams – Spotting Suspicious Emails & What to Do
    We have all had a dodgy looking email that we have either placed in the trash or reported back to individual sites. Well did you know there is a bespoke reporting service for all suspicious emails that we are encouraging you to …
  • Under Pressure: Families of Severely Disabled Children
    Here’s an insightful article from the Guardian newspaper looking at the situation of families with severely disabled children. You can read the full article here. Parents of severely disabled children, are the “forgotten …
  • FareShare – charitable food redistributors
    FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 17 independent organisations. Together, they take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 …
  • New Mental Health Helpline
    0800 183 0558 A 24 hour mental health helpline (0800 183 0558) has been launched for anyone with a GP in Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Leeds & Barnsley. The service will provide support, advice & signposting for people …
  • Disability Homeworking Opportunities Highlighted by Lockdown
    Here’s a really interesting article from today’s Daily Telegraph, which looks at how the lockdown has opened up possibilities for people with disabilities for whom home-working is the preferred option. Working from …
  • How to access NHS Services during the coronavirus pandemic
    We’ve published this advice regularly in the last few weeks, but it’s worth repeating that you should seek medical attention as “normal”, despite the current Coronavirus situation. Life-threatening …
  • Gov’t Advice: New guidance on spending time outdoors
    The Government have released more detail about how you can now spend more time outdoors (From 13th May 2020), a slight easing of the restrictions introduced in late March. To read more about the changes and for relevant links to …
  • Gov’t Advice: Staying safe outside your home
    Here’s the Government’s advice on staying safe outside. It was issued as part of their Coronavirus advice update 10-11 May 2020. It is your responsibility to adopt these principles wherever possible. The government is also using …
  • Gov’t Advice: Travel – Buses, Trains, Taxis, Walking etc
    Here’s the Government’s advice on safe travel across a range of transport options, including public transport, walking & cycling, taxis and private hire cars and private cars. It was issued as part of their …
  • Gov’t Advice: Latest for Vulnerable People
    Taken from the Government’s recent (May 10-11th 2020) FAQ on the changes to their Coronavirus advice, here is some specific advice for vulnerable people Does easing restrictions apply to healthy 70 year olds and over? The …
  • Gov’t Advice: COVID-19 FAQs – what you can & can’t do
    This FAQ article was published on 11 May 2020 and is intended to answer many of the questions raised by the updated Coronavirus advice issued by the Government on 10th and 11th May 2020. All changes come into effect in England on …
  • Gov’t Advice: Face Coverings & When To Use Them
    The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. This advice comes from the Department of Health and Social Care  Face …
  • New Government Document – Changed Advice & Future Strategy
    Following the Prime Minister’s speech announcing changes to various Coronavirus measures and restrictions, the Government have published a detailed new document outlining a lot of detail of how these changes will look and …
  • Deafblind UK Updates
    The organisation Deafblind UK have just put out their latest bulletin – here are few highlights from it: We’re open for longer  We have temporarily extended our opening hours to support people through Coronavirus. You …
  • I’m Vulnerable – What help is available and how can I access it?
    This extract is taken from a longer set of FAQ’s published by Calderdale Council for vulnerable residents. It can be difficult to know how to get help during this time. Many people who have never needed help before may need …
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    COVID-19 Science and Policy Newsletter
    Below is a selection of science and policy reports and papers from a range of sources, collated in their latest newsletter by The King’s Fund, an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in …
  • Prime Minister’s Address To The Nation, Sunday 10 May
    Below are a video and transcript of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday 10 May, which marked the first major change in policy since the original implementation of Lockdown in late March. Further clarity on …
  • Statement on behalf of Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council
    This statement was issued following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on the evening of Sunday 10 May. As we move into the next phase of responding to this crisis, I would like to repeat again my sincere thanks to …
  • Police Urge People To Observe Social Distancing Over Weekend
    West Yorkshire Police is urging the public to continue to observe social distancing rules, ahead of the second Bank Holiday weekend under Government restrictions. This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which many …
  • Calderdale Council: FAQs for vulnerable residents
    Are you in need of additional support from Calderdale Council? You can contact them via: website – http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus-covid-19/support-extremely-vulnerable  If you don’t have internet access you can call …
  • Update: Council brief us on latest support progress
    At Disability Partnership Calderdale, we’ve been concentrating on two main areas of work since the beginning of Lockdown. Firstly, we’ve been communicating through our website and email and postal newsletters, aiming …
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    Oxford University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tests
    University of Oxford researchers have began testing a COVID-19 vaccine in human volunteers in Oxford in late April. Around 1,110 people will take part in the trial, half receiving the vaccine and the other half (the control …
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    COVID-19 Deaths Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
    An article from the website sciencealert.com A vitamin commonly produced by sun-exposed skin cells might play a role in preventing death by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, according to new research. Preliminary results from a …
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    Testing times: the government’s approach to Covid-19 testing
    Here’s an excellent article looking at the government’s testing for Covid-19 and the underlying strategies and science. The article is by The King’s Fund, an independent charitable organisation working to …
  • Scope – Starting Line Support Programme – Calderdale
    Scope’s Starting Line support program is run to support Calderdale residents. Scope are a Disability Pioneering Organisation which supports anyone with a disability or a health condition to improve their self – confidence and …
  • Community Transport Calderdale – Shopping and GP Trips
    Community Transport Calderdale has set up a shopping service for people on lockdown, particularly those from more vulnerable groups. Due to the fantastic response they have had for volunteers they now have spare capacity and can …
  • Update: Calderdale Businesses Currently Operating
    FOOD DELIVERIES: Visit our online directory of food delivery services in Calderdale Local Business Special: COVID-19 update from Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive of the Council Although the economic impact of COVID-19 on local …
  • Cash Delivery Payments For Vulnerable Via Post Office
    If you want to get more help and info with finance and benefits, please visit our finance and benefits page Cash delivery payments are now available “for the most vulnerable individuals”  due to a Post Office and Department of …
  • Incapacity and disability benefit claimants feel particularly hard hit!
    Incapacity and disability benefit claimants feel particularly hard hit during coronavirus outbreak, MPs find This article is from the disability website https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org and highlights a clear issue. If you want …
  • How to self-isolate and get help: a practical guide if you’re disabled
    As the UK lockdown continues, many disabled people are self-isolating for 12 weeks. There has been a lot of confusion surrounding some lockdown measures – ‘shielding’ vs ‘self-isolation’ and what the difference between the ‘high …
  • Buy PPE from Disability Horizons
    We know that people have also struggled to get personal protective equipment (PPE). However, there is one specific outlet catering for disabled customers that is able to offer PPE and that is the Disability Horizons Shop. They …
  • Supporting Disabled Colleagues in the Workplace & During Covid-19
    This is a great little article from the website http://www.disabledliving.co.uk, that give some really simple tips to make the workplace a better place for disabled colleagues.  Whether it be a congenital disability from birth, …
  • Scam Updates
    Visit our Scam Hub for all the latest news on Scams during the Coronavirus period What Scams are trending at the moment in West Yorkshire? The weekly round-up from Yorkshire Trading Standards. Automated Scam messages from …
  • Halifax Society For The Blind: Services Update & Newsletter
    Here’s the latest edition of Look Out!, the newsletter of the Halifax Society for the Blind with an intro from Pete Hoey, their chief officer: With a bit of effort from our entire team, we have launched a completely …
  • Scope Starting Line – Emplyment Support
    Scope Starting Line services offer adults with disabilities or health conditions in the Calderdale area employment support and help to build pre-employment skills. They are currently still operating, delivering their services via …
  • Things to do while staying at home for Children and Families.
    Things to do while staying at home during COVID 19 – Children and Families. Compiled by Sector Support Calderdale This is a great list with lots of variety to keep kids (of all ages) busy, entertained and educated! …
  • COVID-19 Health & Wellbeing Resources for Families
    Healthy Futures Calderdale have produced a really useful document full of COVID-19 health and wellbeing resources for families Helping children and young people cope with the information and changes related to the Coronavirus can …
  • Resilient Bus Service For Key Workers To Continue
    We’ve just received the following update on bus services, which boils down to a commitment to maintaining sufficient services to support key worker movements. For all the latest timetables and news on local services, please …
  • Government launches plan to tackle loneliness during lockdown
    The Government has launched a major effort to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing. Below are the headline details of the new programme: New public campaign …
  • Loneliness – Six Simple Tips To Help
    Here are three simple actions for anyone feeling lonely and three actions for people wanting to help If you are lonely you can: Keep in touch with friends, family and neighbours Ask for help if you need shopping, medicine or are …
  • Major home testing programme for coronavirus
    A major new programme of home testing for coronavirus will track the progress of the infection across England. The programme, commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care, is being led by a world-class team of …
  • Quiz – Flags of the world
    Our previous quizzes: PUB QUIZ – #4 /PUB QUIZ #3 / Pub Quiz #2 / Pub Quiz #1 This quiz is for flag enthusiasts (do they really exist?), geography students and atlas fans – yes, it’s a flag quiz. There are three sets …
  • Citizens’ Advice: Energy Bill Guidance & Support
    Are you worried about your energy bills? It’s estimated that average households will use 15% more energy during this lock-down period, and more energy usage means high bills. Citizens Advice Calderdale has an Energy Advisor ready …
  • Explaining COVID-19 to Children – Free E-Book
    Independent children’s publishing company Nosy Crow has released a free e-book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Axel Sheffler, who also illustrated ‘The Gruffalo’. You can download it HERE. Share …
  • Meditation – Where to find guided meditations online
    Meditation can be a very effective way to deal with stress and anxiety and many people are turning to it to help them cope with Lockdown and the broader concerns of the Coronavirus outbreak. Meditation website Insight Timer has …