Coronavirus News Index

  • Government Guidance: Staying alert and safe
    The most important thing we can continue to do is to stay alert, control the virus, and, in doing so, save lives. This guidance explains the measures that will help you to stay alert and stay as safe as possible as we continue to …
  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
    This is national guidance that applies to England only – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK. If you live in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 …
  • Exemptions: When you do not need to wear a face covering
    In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less …
  • Reminder: When and where to wear a face covering
    25/09/2020 In England, you must wear a face covering in the following indoor settings (a list of examples for each is included in the brackets): public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses) taxis and private hire …
  • New package to support and enforce self-isolation in lower earners
    From 28 September, people will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace. To ensure that people on lower incomes are able to self-isolate without worry about their finances, …
  • Guidance to parents and guardians: when you should book a coronavirus test for your child
    Date: 23 September 2020 – A Government letter to parents and guardians Dear parents and guardians, This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give …
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    Covid-19 Vaccine – Latest On Who Will Get It First
    This is interim advice for the Government from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the groups that should be prioritised for vaccination, if and when a vaccine is available. Introduction This update to …
  • NHS COVID-19 App Now Available
    NHS COVID-19 app launched nationwide to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing Features of the app include contact tracing using Bluetooth, risk alerts based on postcode district, QR …
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    Coronavirus Analysis: Two Approaches To “Second Wave”
    Two open letters sent to the UK’s four chief medical officers signal the polarisation of opinion among medical professionals over how the government should tackle the emerging “second wave” of covid-19. One group of doctors and …
  • Response from Calderdale Council to national restrictions announcement
    In response to the Prime Minister’s statement on COVID-19 to the House of Commons yesterday, Calderdale Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Jane Scullion, said: “Once again, as a nation we’re seeing a worrying increase in COVID-19 …
  • Get Your Winter Flu-Jab Now!
    People are being advised to get a flu jab to help protect against the “double danger” of flu and coronavirus. Research shows people can catch both diseases at the same time and that the combination of illnesses is …
  • Childcare exempt from interhousehold mixing restrictions
    Informal childcare and caring arrangements will be allowed to continue across the nation, the Health Secretary announced on 21 September 2020 Informal carers will be able to provide care for children and vulnerable adults in …
  • Government Announces New National Coronavirus Restrictions
    The Prime Minister has announced a further range of restrictions to everyday life in response to a rapid growth in the number of Coronavirus cases in the last month. Reasons For The New Restrictions A month ago, on average around …
  • Statistics: Disabled People Account For 59% of COVID-19 Deaths
    The Government has published an analysis of Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by disability status, in England and Wales during the period 2 March to 14 July 2020. It reveals just how vulnerable to to the virus people with …
  • Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme
    Recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the transmission of Covid-19, the Government will be introducing a new Test and Trace Support payment of £500 will ensure that those on low incomes …
  • Local Coronavirus Restrictions: All of Calderdale from 22 September
    These are the Government’s latest Local Restrictions, which will apply to all of Calderdale from 22 September 2020: Shielding If you are clinically extremely vulnerable we are not currently advising that you need to shield, …
  • Coronavirus: Local Restrictions Return To All Of Calderdale
    The Government has announced that local Coronavirus restrictions will be re-imposed throughout Calderdale, as from Tuesday 22 September. This means that wards in the Halifax constituency which were still subject to local …
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    Operation Moonshot: BMJ Assesses Ambitious Testing Plans
    The UK government’s plans to carry out up to 10 million covid-19 tests a day by early next year as part of a £100bn expansion of its national testing programme raise many questions. The BMJ’s Gareth Iacobucci examines the …
  • Report: Calderdale Voluntary & Community Sector Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    This report has been brought together by the VSI Alliance using evidence and insight drawn from across the diverse voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Calderdale. The Voluntary, Community and Enterprise Sector (VCSE) in …
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    Coronavirus: Key Learnings From Leicester “Intervention”
    Occasionally we highlight an article that gives particular insight into the Coronavirus pandemic. In this case it’s the report of Dame Mary Ney’s rapid stocktake of lessons learnt from the Leicester City/Leicestershire …
  • Free “Healthy Minds” Online Workshop: Social Anxiety
    Healthy Minds have developed a number of workshops, to help you develop skills and resources to support your emotional wellbeing through these difficult times. Their next workshop is ‘Social Anxiety’ which takes place on Tuesday …
  • Coronavirus Quick Guide: Staying Alert & Safe
    It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours: HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds. FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and …
  • Video: New “Hands, Face, Space” Campaign
    The new ‘Hands. Face. Space’ public information campaign urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. The spread of coronavirus, …
  • Coronavirus: Contact Tracing App Coming On 24 Sept
    The Department of Health and Social Care has said that a covid-19 contact tracing app will be available across England and Wales on 24 September. Launch of the app has been delayed while NHSX initially tried to develop a …
  • Coronavirus Testing: Only get tested if you have symptoms
    It’s really important to ONLY book a Coronavirus/COVID-19 test if you have at least one of these symptoms: loss/change in sense of smell or taste. a high temperature a new, continuous cough National testing capacity is currently …
  • Independent Coronavirus Support for vulnerable people in Calderdale
    Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us secure support for people in Calderdale who are at risk due to the Coronavirus. Advancement of Community …
  • Quick Guide: The New Coronavirus Rules
    From today, Monday 14 September, the number of people allowed to meet socially has been reduced to six, amid a rise in coronavirus cases. In England, the limit of six people from multiple households will apply both indoors and …
  • Calderdale Council Covid-19 FAQs
    COVID-19 is still in Calderdale. We must all continue to follow the national guidance by washing our hands, keeping at least 2-metres distance from people outside of our household or bubble as much as possible, and continuing to …
  • Gov’t Advice: If You Have Symptoms & Live With A Vulnerable Person
    This is new guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and …
  • Venues required by law to record contact details
    Premises and venues across England must have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus, according to a press release …
  • Every Mind Matters: New Young People’s Mental Health Campaign
    The new Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them. The new advice …
  • Covid-19 Testing: £100 Billion Plan To Test 10 Million Per Day
    A huge step up in capacity in testing for Covid-19 is planned, according to a news item published by the BMJ The UK government has drawn up plans to carry out up to 10 million covid-19 tests a day by early next year as part of a …
  • New “Coronavirus Suppression” Measures To Start 14 September
    The government has announced new national measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down: From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. …
  • Coronavirus: New Limit on Social Gatherings For England
    Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday 14th September – with some exemptions – amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases. The law change will ban larger groups meeting anywhere …
  • Reminder: Covid-19 Restrictions Still In Place in Halifax & Sowerby Bridge
    Although additional restrictions have been removed for much of Calderdale, the following areas of Halifax are still affected – Illingworth and Mixenden Northowram and shelf Ovenden Park Skircoat Sowerby Bridge Town Warley …
  • Good Advice: NHS guidance for people at high risk from coronavirus
    With Coronavirus cases rising again, in early September, it’s a worrying time for people who are at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from the virus. However, our knowledge of how to combat the virus has developed …
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    Covid-19: The Risks of Singing & Using Wind Instruments in Groups
    Singing, playing of wind instruments, and high-volume speech in presentation and performance settings have been singled out as potentially high-risk activities for transmission of SARS CoV-2, following several well-documented …
  • COVID-19: Government guidance on shielding and protecting the extremely vulnerable
    This is just a reminder how you can find the government’s most up to date information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. This information is held on the …
  • How To Record Your “Future Wishes” & Care Plans
    West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership has produced a new resource pack designed for patients, their carers and families, and professionals to help them to have conversations about their future wishes and to …
  • Video: Need the support of a friend, family member or translator during your GP appointment?
    Need the support of a friend, family member or translator during your GP appointment in Calderdale? Let your surgery know when booking your appointment. For more information click on the following link which includes video and …
  • NHS to receive 250,000 clear face masks to support people with hearing loss
    250,000 clear face masks are to be delivered to frontline NHS and social care workers to support better care for people who use lip-reading and facial expressions to communicate. NHS and care workers will be given clear face …
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    The Science of Coronavirus: Case Counting
    Novel coronavirus cases in England have been rising steadily since the beginning of July. However, this trend may not tell us what we really need to know about the pandemic and the most serious cases—or what to do about them, …
  • Council Update: Coronavirus Testing in Calderdale.
    Debs Harkins, Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health (pictured) has produced an update on Coronavirus testing in Calderdale (Thurs 3 Sept 2020) COVID-19 testing In the last two weeks, we have seen a steady reduction …
  • Distributing Visors to Local Businesses
    Here at Disability Partnership Calderdale we’ve been given a supply of over a hundred PPE visors by Andrew Hinton from Calder Community Cares. We’ve worked with local business organisations and direct with a range …
  • Back To School: Guidance For Parents/carers
    This is the government’s latest guidance for parents and carers ahead of the Autumn Term in schools, colleges etc.  Contents Returning to nursery, childminders, school and college Attendance Helping make nurseries, …
  • Disability – The Invisible Victims of Coronavirus
    The impact of Coronavirus on people with disabilities in the UK remains a topic little discussed. There are doubtless numerous reasons for this, but as the three extracts from reports below (we have links to full reports after …
  • Calderdale Sports Centres & Libraries – Phased Re-Opening
    Calderdale Council is planning the safe, phased reopening of its sports and leisure facilities, and more of its libraries following the recent reopening of the Central Library and Archives in Halifax. Sport & Fitness Centres …
  • Local Restrictions Lifted – Which Areas Are Affected/Not Affected
    The Government has announced the lifting of local Coronavirus restrictions in certain areas of Calderdale, as from 2 September. Areas Still Affected Wards in the Halifax constituency which will still be subject to local …
  • Restrictions To Be Lifted in Parts of Calderdale
    The Government has agreed to some changes to local restrictions in some parts of England. From Wednesday 2 September restrictions on 2 households mixing introduced last month will be lifted in: Bolton Stockport Trafford Burnley …
  • Independent Coronavirus Support for vulnerable people in Calderdale
    Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us secure support for people in Calderdale who are at risk due to the Coronavirus. Advancement of Community …
  • NHS Test and Trace: how it works
    This is the Government’s overview of the NHS Test and Trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. It’s a little …
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    Is Covid-19 becoming less deadly?
    According to an article on the New Scientist website, Coronavirus is becoming less dangerous. But, as yet, no-ne really knows why. Here’s the opening few paragraphs of the article, which sum up the conundrum. There’s …
  • Important Calderdale Residents Survey – Please Help
    Calderdale Council has been working with the University of Kent during the Coronavirus pandemic and they now have an important survey that they wish to share with adult residents of Calderdale – the more answers they get, …
  • Council Live Q & A: Returning to school and childcare settings
    This Thursday 27 August, Calderdale Council is hosting their next COVID-19 LIVE Q&A, all about safely returning to school and childcare settings next week. Tune in from 7pm on the councils Facebook, Twitter or YouTube …
  • Government Advice: Schools & Coronavirus Index Of Guidance Documents
    Although this index of documents is aimed at school leaders, teachers and school staff, it’s also a useful resource if you have any questions about Coronavirus measures in education. Contents Guidance for other providers …
  • Government Advice: Face coverings in education/schools
    This is the latest advice from the UK Government on the use of face coverings in Schools. All pupils, in all year groups, will return to education full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. This guidance is intended to …
  • Survey: Help Calderdale Improve Test & Trace
    Calderdale Council’s Public Health team have asked us to circulate details of a survey they running. The purpose of this survey is to find out what people in Calderdale know and think about the Test & Trace service for …
  • Access to Work – Helping Disabled People Into Work
    New help on offer from Access to Work The Government’s Access to Work scheme has been extended to offer new help for disabled people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. The extension to the scheme means that: …
  • Face Coverings Exemptions: Latest Advice From Gov’t
    In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less …
  • Back To School: Advice For Parents/Carers
    Government Advice, Published August 2020: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term Contents Returning to nursery, childminders, school and college Attendance …
  • Hospital Discharge: guidance for patients
    This is some newly published Government guidance, for patients, on how health and care systems should support the safe and timely discharge of people who no longer need to stay in hospital. Leaflets for patients and their family …
  • NHS Test and Trace: how it works
    An overview of the NHS Test and Trace service, published by the Government and including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. Contents How …
  • Typhoid Mary – An Asymptomatic Tale
    The story of Mary Mallon, AKA Typhoid Mary, has real relevance to today’s fight against Coronavirus, especially the dangers of assuming that, without symptoms, you can’t harm or infect others. We know that many of …
  • Council Advice: Test & Trace In Calderdale
    Reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Calderdale Debs Harkins, Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health on the process of test, trace and isolate now working in Calderdale. We now have testing available in multiple sites …
  • Cashless Car Parking Extended in Calderdale
    Cashless, contact-free parking options have now been introduced across Calderdale, making it easier and more convenient for people to pay for parking. The option to pay for parking without cash has been in place in Halifax town …
  • Video: Calderdale Council’s Live Covid-19 Q & A
    Calderdale Council hosted a live Q & A session earlier this week about how we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Calderdale. The session was held on Wednesday 19 Aug on the Council’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube …
  • Report: Coronavirus & the social impacts on disabled people
    This is the latest report from the Office For National Statistics (ONS) on the social impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on disabled people in Great Britain, based on indicators from the ONS’s Opinions and Lifestyle …
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    BMJ’s Covid-19 Analysis, Research & Opinion
    Here are links to some of the best news, features, analysis and opinion currently available on the excellent BMJ website. They offer lots of new perspectives on the pandemic. Research from The BMJ Drug treatments for covid-19 …
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    Analysis: Will Local Test & Trace Work
    Last week, the government announced a major shift in its approach to covid-19 contact tracing in England, by giving local council public health teams more responsibility and shrinking the national Test and Trace scheme – in …
  • Phone & Video Health Appointments: Top Tips for Patients
    Healthwatch have put together some tips on how to get the most out of the virtual health and care appointments (i.e. phone appointments, digital consultations/video appointments using Zoom, Facetime, Skype etc) that have become …
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    Characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England
    Just released by the Government is this Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, which analyses the characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England, August 2020 It provides data about the characteristics of …
  • Guide: What Is The National Institute for Health Protection?
    A brand new organisation whose primary focus is public health protection and infectious disease capability is being established by the government. From 18 August 2020 it will bring together Public Health England (PHE) and NHS …
  • Grief and loss support service
    West Yorkshire and Harrogate NHS Health and Care Partnership are offering a grief and loss support service – here are the details: Experiencing grief and loss? We offer free help and support, however you need it 0808 196 …
  • Council Press Release: Local restrictions continue for Calderdale
    This press release is from Calderdale Council and covers the latest local restrictions as of 17th Aug. Easing of wider lockdown rules tomorrow do not apply to Calderdale In response to today’s Government announcement that current …
  • Morrisons Handing Out Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards
    This week, Morrisons supermarkets are introducing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme into their stores. It’s an initiative designed to act as a discreet sign that somebody has a hidden disability, such as mental …
  • Gov’t Guidance: shielding people who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19
    Who this guidance is for? This Government guidance is for adults and children in England who are clinically extremely vulnerable. If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable you should have received a letter confirming this or have …
  • Gov’t Advice: Face Coverings, Exemptions, Where to Wear One
    This is the Government’s current advice on Face Coverings. Click on the links below for various documents covering this topic: Documents & downloads (to print) Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own …
  • Local Coronavirus Restrictions – Calderdale
    Here’s a reminder of the local restrictions currently in place across Calderdale, following the recent rise in Coronavirus cases in the area. Social contact If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent …
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    “Long-Covid”: Impact of long term symptoms will be profound!
    A third of doctors have treated patients with long term covid-19 symptoms, including chronic fatigue and anosmia, a survey conducted by the BMA has found. Richard Vautrey, chair of the BMA’s GP committee for England, said it was …
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    BMJ Newsletter – Wide-Ranging Covid-19 Analysis
    This is the latest newsletter from the BMJ, including a wide ranging selection of articles, analysis and opinion pieces. There’s so much to get your teeth into! Behavioural fatigue: a flawed idea central to a flawed …
  • ‘Please give me space’: printable resources for social distancing
    Changes put in place to help maintain social distancing, like new queuing systems in shops, have made it harder for many disabled people to navigate previously familiar places. At the same time, we’ve heard about disabled or …
  • Learning disability support slashed during lockdown
    Two thirds of people with learning disabilities had their social care slashed by at least half during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research by Mencap. The charity surveyed 1,069 people across the UK about their …
  • Message From Director of Public Health, Calderdale Council
    Message to staff in Calderdale Council, local NHS organisations and Voluntary and Community Sector Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health, Calderdale Council The first of August was four months to the day since I started working …
  • Gov’t Advice: How You Can Reduce Transmission of COVID-19
    We all have a role to play in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). The actions below are recommended by the government and will reduce your chance of catching COVID-19 or passing it on to others. You should think …
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    Antibody Tests Suggests 3.4 Million Have Had Covid-19
    Findings published by Imperial College London on 13 August 2020 suggest that 6% of the population in England, around 3.4 million people, have been infected with COVID-19. Over 100,000 volunteers have taken part in the world’s …
  • Visors For Small Retail Businesses in Calderdale
    As part of an initiative to aid inclusivity and support accessibility, Disability Partnership Calderdale is offering free visors to the small retail business sector in Calderdale who are dealing with members of the public in a …
  • Local Councils bid for extra funds to fight COVID-19
    Calderdale is amongst seven of Yorkshire’s largest councils that are seeking further detailed discussion with Government over the best balance of national and local measures as they bear down on COVID cases in their areas. They …
  • Re-Opening Central Library – Details
    Calderdale Council is offering access to selected services at Halifax Central Library and Archives from Tuesday 11 August 2020. All Calderdale libraries closed in March 2020 in accordance with Government requirements to help keep …
  • NHS Test and Trace to strengthen regional contact tracing
    This is an encouraging news item from the Government and the NHS, suggesting that Test and Trace will become more effective through a more regionalised model of working. NHS Test and Trace and Public Health England will extend …
  • Calderdale Council – Latest COVID-19 Response Update
    Coronavirus cases in Calderdale The 7-day rolling average rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 continues to rise and according to the latest data is 44.7. The blue line on the chart below shows how the rate has increased since …
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
    Government guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. Who can be tested Anyone with symptoms can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age – Get a coronavirus test The …
  • Gov’t Guidance: shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
    Who this guidance is for This guidance is for adults and children in England who are clinically extremely vulnerable. If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable you should have received a letter confirming this or have been told …
  • Calderdale Council to set up local track & trace system
    Following the increased local lockdown implemented in Calderdale from the end of July, Calderdale Council is setting up its own track & trace system. The BBC reports today, Friday 7 August, that Calderdale Council acted after …
  • Coronavirus FAQs For Vulnerable People in Calderdale
    The following FAQs for Vulnerable People have been put together by Calderdale Council to help people understand what help is available during these difficult times. It is aimed at those who may be more vulnerable to the disease …
  • FAQs about the Calderdale local Coronavirus restrictions
    The following FAQs have been put together by Calderdale Council and provide a good overview of the main restrictions and advice following the introduction of local restrictions at the end of July, designed to combat the increased …
  • How To Fight COVID-19 – The Basics
    Sadly, the COVID-19 crisis is far from over, with Calderdale currently one of the areas causing concern. And so, it’s a great time to remind everyone of the basics, the things we can all do to help: Staying 2 metres apart …
  • Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service for adults in Calderdale
    The Staying Well Hub Team are reminding everyone you that they are still available to listen to your concerns and help you make sense of what is happening. Whatever you are dealing with, they would like to hear from you. Help is …
  • Gov’t Statistics: Lives of Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    The Government have published their regular statistical analysis of the lives of clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people (the shielding population) in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their …
  • ‘Please give me space’ social distancing cards & badges
    The Government have produced the following optional badges that can be used to show that the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing. Details The optional badges on this page can be used to show …
  • Healthy Minds: Service Update From Mental Health Charity
    Healthy Minds is the working name of Calderdale Wellbeing, a mental health charity based in Halifax, West Yorkshire – visit website here. Here’s the introduction to their latest newsletter, with a link to downloading …