Coronavirus News

  • Calderdale goes back into local lockdown from Tuesday 22 September
    The Government has announced today, Friday 18 September, that local COVID-19 restrictions remain in Halifax and will be reintroduced in the Calder Valley from Tuesday 22 September. Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, …more
  • Gov’t Advice: If You Have Symptoms & Live With An Older 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 …more
  • Calderdale Council’s 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 …more
  • New National Coronavirus Control 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. …more
  • Update: Coronavirus Testing in Calderdale
    Debs Harkins, Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health (pictured) has produced a comprehensive update on Coronavirus testing in Calderdale (Thurs 3 Sept 2020) COVID-19 testing In the last two weeks, we have seen a steady …more
  • Is Covid-19 becoming less deadly?
    According to an article on the New Scientist website, Coronavirus is becoming less dangerous. But, as yet, no one really knows why. Here’s the opening few paragraphs of the article, which sum up the conundrum. There’s a link to …more
  • Local restrictions lifted from 2 September – which areas are affected
    The government announced the lifting of local Coronavirus restrictions in certain areas of Calderdale, from 2 September. These are the areas still in the local lockdown. Wards in the Halifax constituency which will still be …more
  • 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 …more
  • Face coverings exemptions: Latest advice from gov’t
    Here we publish the latest advice from the government on who is exempt and when and where you can remove your face covering. In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances where people may …more
  • 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 those with …more
  • Council Advice: Test & Trace In Calderdale
    Calderdale’s local Test & Trace service is now in operation in Calderdale, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Debs Harkins, Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health has updated us on the process of test, trace …more
  • Coronavirus – latest analysis, research and opinion from the BMJ
    Here are links to some of the best news, features, analysis and opinion currently available on the excellent British Medical Journal (BMJ) website. They offer lots of new perspectives on the pandemic. Research from The BMJ Drug …more
  • Britain’s oldest COVID-19 survivor is 107 years old!
    At 107, Angela Hutor has survived two world wars and five respiratory pandemics including the 1918 Spanish Flu. The Telegraph has reported on the amazing story of Angela Hutor who has lived through both World Wars and five …more
  • Older people at risk of long term unemployment due to coronavirus
    A new report from the Centre for Ageing Better and the Learning and Work Institute shows that older people are more at risk of unemployment than their younger colleagues, due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the furlough scheme …more
  • 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 …more
  • “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 muscle weakness, a survey conducted by the British Medical Association (BMA) has found. Richard Vautrey, chair of the BMA’s …more
  • New restrictions to tackle Coronavirus in Calderdale
    Calderdale Council have been considering the extra things we need to do to bring the number of cases down and protect local communities, since we became an ‘area of concern’ on Thursday 23rd July. On 30 July the Government …more
  • Message from Director of Public Health, Calderdale Council
    Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council describes her first 4 months in the area, helping to steer the council’s response to the coronavirus and her reaction to the latest lockdown. The first of August …more
  • Calderdale’s Test & Trace launches Friday 14 August
    Because of our high infection rate, Calderdale has been given the opportunity to deliver a local Covid-19 contact tracing service to work hand-in-hand with the national NHS Test and Trace service. This will be launched Friday 14 …more
  • The impact of lockdown on people in their 50s and 60s
    The Centre for Ageing Better has published the findings from a recent report by Ipsos MORI which reveals more about the impact of lockdown on people in their 50s and 60s. Lockdown has changed our sense of normality and we now …more
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