This update is taken from the Calderdale Covid Champions email newsletter and is based on advice and information from local NHS sources.
Remember, you can pick up a vaccination at one of Calderdale’s vaccine drop-in centres, without an appointment.
Covid-19 is still circulating in Calderdale at high levels
In the 7 days prior to the 6th of October, the overall rate in Calderdale was 524 per 100,000, a slight drop on previous figures.
As of Sept 26, rates were highest in young people from 11-16, and children 5-10, with cases increasing in the age groups either sides of those.
As of Oct 7, 101 acute beds (a rise of 22) and 10 intensive care beds were occupied by Covid patients in Calderdale.
As of this week, case rates have started to come down amongst the over-60s; however this is from a very high rate last week, when Calderdale was 5th highest in the country.
Key messages: we have never had such high rates for such a long period. The vaccine continues to weaken the link between high case rates and serious illness although there is some indication of waning immunity in those that were vaccinated at the start of the programme. We are preparing for the roll out of the flu vaccination and with the pressures that our local NHS are under it has never been more important for as many of us a possible to get our flu jab. It is important that contacts of cases get a PCR test even if they are no longer required to self isolate.
PCR & Lateral Flow Testing
A PCR test must be taken if you have any of the 3 main symptoms of Covid-19 (new cough, fever or loss/change to sense of taste or smell). You should also take a PCR test if:
· You have been identified as a contact of a positive case and you are feeling generally unwell yourself – this doesn’t have to be any of the 3 main symptoms.
· You have received a positive lateral flow test result (see below).
Info about how to access PCR tests in Calderdale can be found here – and Asda is also providing them.
While you are waiting for a PCR test and its results you should start to self isolate.
Twice weekly rapid lateral flow testing continues available to everyone without symptoms. You can:
Order test kits online to be delivered to your home (Google order lateral flow test).
Collect test kits to take home from a local pharmacy. There is a website https://maps.test-and-trace.
If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result you should book a PCR test to confirm the result within 2 days. You must start to isolate straight away while you are waiting for your PCR test and its result.
If you have been identified as a contact of somebody who has tested positive a negative lateral flow test does not mean that you can cut short your isolation period.
Ideally you should register your LFT results online each time you use a kit and within 24 hours of taking the test (or Google Report lateral flow test) but this is not essential. It is more important that you take the tests regularly and you act straight away if you get a positive result.