As additional COVID-19 testing and enhanced contact tracing get underway in Calderdale, the Council is reminding people that support is available if they need to self-isolate.
Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have (or could have) COVID-19. This is important because it breaks the chain of infection between people. The virus can be passed on to others, including those who are vulnerable to very serious illness or death, even if you have no symptoms.
It is important to make plans to enable you and / or your family to be able to self-isolate, by thinking about how you will get essential food and other supplies, who can walk your dog, who can take your children to school. If you are unable to get help from family or friends with these everyday tasks, you can request support at www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus/help/request-support or by calling Calderdale Council on 01422 392890.
If you provide care for a relative and have to self-isolate, please contact Gateway to Care for support on 01422 393000.
If you need to self-isolate, cannot work from home and will lose income during this period, you may be eligible for a one-off self-isolation payment of £500. The scheme now includes working parents who need to stay at home to look after children who have been asked by school to isolate. To find out more and apply for this payment, and for information about other support available to help you self-isolate, please visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus/help or call 01422 392890.