coronavirus

COVID – What’s Next? Live Q&A Thursday 22 July at 7pm with Calderdale Council

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Calderdale residents are invited to put their questions about the end of national COVID restrictions to a panel of experts at a live online Q&A event this week.

Q&A event

 

Calderdale Council’s Facebook page will host the next in a series of popular question and answer sessions, live from 7pm on Thursday 22 July 2021. The event is called ‘COVID – what’s next?’ and local people are invited to watch, ask questions and find out more about the end of national restrictions and what this means for people in Calderdale.

A panel of experts will respond to questions and explain how we can all do our bit to keep the people around us as safe as possible. The panel will feature:

  • Deborah Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council
  • Dipika Kaushal, Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Calderdale
  • Toni Williams, Consultant in Health and Wellbeing: Public Health England
  • Cornelle Parker, Deputy Medical Director: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Go to www.facebook.com/calderdale to tune in and submit questions in the comments section during the broadcast. To set a reminder, visit https://www.facebook.com/calderdale/posts/10158840338846773 on a smartphone and you can choose to be notified when the event goes live.

Choose Well to help the NHS during these difficult times

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Restrictions may have lifted but the COVID infection rates are still high in Calderdale.

NHS services are currently overwhelmed with handling COVID cases.

Calderdale and Ryburn PCN are encouraging you to choose wisely before reaching out to the NHS for help and for non emergencies, try different venues first.

In Any Emergency, always call 999.

Do not put off important health check appointments.

For more information, view the Calderdale Ryburn PCN social media places:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Calder.Ryburn.PCN  and Twitter https://twitter.com/CalderRyburnPCN pages.

 

COVID guidelines after July 19

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Since Monday the 19th of July, most restrictions have been lifted, making the previously mandatory guidelines of social distancing and face coverings a voluntary measure.

We are encouraged to adhere to these rules at our own discretion.

Be aware that several places will still insist on maintaining such guidelines.

Many GPs, public transport and closed spaces will still require you to observe these measures.

Please be considerate to others and do not endanger their health for the sake of giving up a rule.

As always, if you have been contacted and advised you need to quarantine and self isolate, you must observe this.

If you suspect you may have contracted COVID, get tested as soon as possible.

There are many options to be tested. Many workplaces require regular Lateral Flow tests. These tests are offered free of charge and it is recommended to be tested twice a week.

Infection rates are still high, especially in Calderdale.

Even if you are fully vaccinated, you may still become infected, you should however have much milder symptoms. You can still carry the virus, even if you are asymptomatic.

 

Please note: This article expresses opinions based on current affairs. It should not be treated as a guideline.

For the latest advice, guidance and support on COVID, visit :

NHS website : www.NHS.uk

Gov.uk : www.gov.uk

Calderdale MBC specific instructions: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus

Walk-in vaccination clinics in Calderdale

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There are several walk in vaccination clinics around Calderdale, aiming to help you get your first or second dose of the vaccine.

You don’t need to make an appointment to attend these clinics.

Click to find your nearest vaccination walk in clinic

The availability of vaccination in these clinics is subject to demand and will be delivered on a first-come first-served basis.

These clinics are open to anyone

  • over 18 who has not already received their first vaccination.
  • over 40 who had their first vaccination over 8 weeks ago.

You must ensure that you attend a vaccination clinic delivering the same vaccine type as your first jab

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccination please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for your nearest vaccination walk in clinic

Covid Roadmap for lifting Lockdown – from the BBC News website

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Read full story on the BBC website

The prime minister has set out government plans to lift the remaining Covid restrictions in England.

At a Downing Street briefing, Boris Johnson said the government was looking to “move away from legal restrictions” and would instead allow people “to make their own informed decisions about how to manage the virus”.
What rules and guidance are expected to be relaxed?

Confirmation of the lifting of restrictions and guidance won’t actually happen until 12 July, when the latest Covid health data will be reviewed. However, the following measures are expected:

Social distancing/face coverings

  • no limits on social contact
  • 1m-plus rule removed (except in some settings, such as ports of entry and medical settings)
  • no legal requirements for face coverings (although their use will still be advised in hospitals, healthcare settings and enclosed, crowded public spaces)

Events/hospitality/businesses

  • nightclubs permitted to reopen
  • capacity caps on businesses will be lifted
  • hospitality businesses will no longer be required to provide table service only
  • no limits on numbers at weddings and funerals
  • no restrictions on communal worship and singing
  • no limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events
  • no legal requirements for Covid certificates for any venue or event

Guidance on working from home will also end and limits on named visitors to care homes will be removed.

Symptomatic testing and contact tracing will continue – and it will still remain a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid.

Mr Johnson said there would be announcements later this month on:

  • removing school bubbles and contact-isolation for pupils
  • removing the need for fully-vaccinated people to self-isolate on return from “amber list” countries
Aren’t Covid cases on the rise?

Yes, and they are expected to continue to rise as restrictions ease.

But, because of the vaccination programme, the link between infections and hospitalisations and deaths has been weakened.

Downing Street says hospitalisations, serious illness and deaths will continue, albeit at a much lower level than before vaccinations started.

Mr Johnson told reporters the time between first and second jabs for under-40s would be cut from 12 weeks to eight.

Testing opportunities for people who don’t have symptoms of Covid

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The Asda testing site in Halifax will continue to offer tests to people without symptoms of Covid up to and including Sunday 4th July. Open 8am – 8pm and no appointment is needed.

Trinity Academy Halifax will be sending home test kits with students on Monday 5th July so all members of the household can take a test.  Please encourage people to take the tests and return them to school the following day (Tues 6th July). Instructions on how to do this will come with the kits.

Coronavirus restrictions so far

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With July the 19th still set to be the date of all coronavirus restrictions being lifted, here is what the current guidelines are:

To read all available information visit Gov.uk: Coronavirus, what you can and cannot do

How the rules changed on 21 June

The rules on weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations changed on 21 June.

The rules on commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering changed on 21 June.

The rules on care home visits changed on 21 June.

The rules on domestic residential visits for children changed on 21 June.

Large events pilots from 21 June

A limited series of pilot events will take place to produce additional evidence on reopening events safely. Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test.

Walk in vaccination clinics around Calderdale

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To encourage more people to get vaccinated, there will be several pop up vaccination clinics across Calderdale.

These clinics offer the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone over 18 years old.

 

Tuesday 29th June, 10am-5pm: Bankfield Surgery, 15 Huddersfield Road, Elland, HX5 9BA
Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine available for all over 18s.

Wednesday 30 June, 8.30am – 4.30pm: Todmorden Group Practice, Todmorden Health Centre, Lower George Street, Todmorden, OL14 5RN
Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine available for all over 18s.

Thursday 1 July, 9:30am-4pm: Sports Hall, Inspire Centre, Calderdale College, Francis Street, Halifax , HX1 3UZ (Sports Centre is opposite the main building)
Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine available for all over 18s.

 

Walk-in vaccination clinics

Information from CMBC around Covid

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There are increasing Covid-19 case rates in Calderdale and rates have increased significantly in some parts of North Halifax over the last week. Illingworth & Mixenden ward has one of the highest rates in the borough.

List of testing sites around Calderdale

We have seen an increase in the number of cases of the Delta variant of concern (first identified in India) and it is now the dominant strain.

Calderdale is surrounded by areas with the highest case rates in the country and we know that people travel across boundaries for work, education and to visit family and friends.

We are asking everybody aged 12 or over who lives, works or studies in the Mixenden & Illingworth area to take one PCR test even if they don’t have symptoms of Covid-19 and regardless of whether or not they have had the vaccine. People have shown real kindness throughout the pandemic and we are asking the people of North Halifax to step up once again and help protect their community.

Even if  you do regular lateral flow tests we are advising people to take a PCR test as the PCR tests taken as part of this extra testing will be prioritised for genetic sequencing so we can tell if someone has one of the variants of concern. You could swop one of your usual LFTs in the next couple of weeks for a PCR test – that way you don’t have to do any more tests than usual.

Even if you are fully vaccinated we still strongly advise you to have a PCR test. This is because people who have had the vaccine can still get and transmit the Delta variant of Covid-19 and it is important that you don’t pass it on to other people.

You will not need to self isolate while you wait for the results of your PCR test unless you go on to develop symptoms of Covid after taking the test.

List of testing sites around Calderdale

 

Covid  Mobile Testing Units Near You in Calderdale

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There will be mobile testing units at the following sites:

•          Mixenden Activity Centre on Friday 25th June.

•         Madni Mosque (Jamia Mosque Madni), Gibbet Street, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th June.

•          Whitehill Community Academy, Illingworth on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th June.

•          Tuel Lane car park, Sowerby Bridge on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th June.

Units are open 9am to 5pm and you don’t need an appointment.

Once you have taken a PCR test you need to register it online so you can be sent your results. To do this go to http://www.gov.uk/register-home-test . There are instructions on page 2 of the booklet you will be given when you are tested.

The Asda test site in Halifax is also now offering tests to people who don’t have symptoms of Covid. You can just walk up to the site and ask for a test without booking an appointment. Open 8am-8pm every day.