COVID-19 Newsflash: Targeted Testing – Lateral Flow Testing for Voluntary and Community Groups

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

Calderdale Council is supported by the Department of Health and Social Care to deliver a new COVID-19 testing programme, as part of a national programme. Lateral Flow Testing brings is an additional tool to support with the control of disease transmission across our community.
 
The Lateral Flow Test is a clinically validated swab antigen test that does not require a laboratory for processing and can turnaround results within an hour. The test works extremely well in finding cases with high viral load (those who are most infectious) who may not show signs of active infection, and who may unwittingly transmit the disease to colleagues, customers, family and friends. You do not have to have symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has, to access this testing programme – it is for those working in more risky environments. It is worth pointing out that although the test works well in finding positive cases, a negative result is not a reliable indicator that you do not have the virus, and you will therefore still need to abide by all regulations and guidance.
 
In Calderdale we are taking a targeted approach to the rollout of Lateral Flow Testing. We are focusing on people we know carry a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the environments they work in. This is also available to volunteers and staff in the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS):

If you are working/volunteering and meet one of the following criteria, you are eligible for regular testing:

  • You are involved in activities which involve meeting people face-to-face indoors. This could include, but is not limited to, providing emergency food or shelter, working in food banks, driving people to medical appointments, providing in-person care, support, social care or therapy. 
  • You are volunteering to support the vaccination programme, testing programme, pulse oximetry delivery programme or other covid-related tasks.
  • You are doing regular tasks for other at-risk people, dog-walking, medication collection, which involve a greater element of risk. One-off volunteer tasks, which involve simply dropping off a parcel on the doorstep isn’t considered to present a high risk.

Calderdale Council’s approach is underpinned by its key objectives:

  • Identify undetected disease and break the chain of transmission
  • Increase confidence in settings on the principle that it’s a safe place to work
  • Protect those at highest risk, and prevent the transmission of disease in high risk settings
  • Ensure those who are asked to self-isolate are supported to do so

Eligible people are invited to book an appointment at either of our Testing Stations listed below with appointments available Mon-Fri, 09.00-16.30.
 

St Johns Health Centre
Lightowler Road
Halifax
HX1 5ND
 

Todmorden Community College
44 Burnley Road
Todmorden
OL14 7BX
 

Appointments must be booked in advance via our online booking platform  BOOK HERE
 
If after taking a Lateral Flow Test a positive result is shown the subject will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, along with household members, in line with government guidelines.
 
Guidance on support Calderdale Council may be able to offer you to self-isolate can be found HERE
 
Thank you
Cliff Dunbavin   COVID-19 OPCP Programme Manager    Calderdale Council

This information is also available and will be updated online here

 

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk.

 

 

Coronavirus in Calderdale – useful information

The OMI and Friday Flyer team have put together some  helpful suggestions and a list of advice outlining the current coronavirus situation in Calderdale.

The list is by no means exhaustive. For current, uptodate information, always refer to official channels. These are listed at the end of this article.

The information in this article is accurate at the time of posting.

Lockdown – restrictions

Stay at home is the advisory.

Only go for groceries or emergencies. You can also go out once for exercise.

If you have coronavirus symptoms: Isolate. Do not go to your GP. Call 111 for advice. Only request assistance if symptoms become severe.

If you must commute, observe social distancing where possible.

Always wear a face mask in closed spaces. If you are exempt from wearing face coverings, have supporting documentation at hand.

Children under the age of 11 do need a face mask.

Health and wellbeing

Clinically vulnerable should shield

Covid and diabetes: Having diabetes does not make you more likely to catch coronavirus. It may make it worse however.

Vaccination

The vaccine is deemed to be safe.

Vaccination is prioritised for the elderly, vulnerable and keyworkers.

Do not contact the NHS requesting vaccination. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn.

Scams

As we do more online and there is concern, scams are on the rise.

Protect yourself online.

Be wary of people approaching you, selling coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine is presently not for sale.

 

For the latest Coronavirus information, visit:

Gov.uk

www.NHS.uk

Prime Minister announces new lockdown on 4th January 2021

PM Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Monday January 4th at 8pm, announcing the necessity of new stricter measures to control the spread of coronavirus and in particular the new variant.

The decision was made due to a spike in infection rates. The numbers are the highest witnessed since March 2020. There is considerable strain on the National Health Service and it is hoped the new measures will help delay the spread.

Consequently, those who are able to work from home must do so. All schools will remain closed.

The new measures are set to remain in place until at least the middle of February.

More information will be provided as we receive it.

Gov.UK: Prime Minister’s address to the nation 4 January 2021 8pm

Calderdale current Coronavirus information

 

The Covid-19 vaccination from the NHS

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and, from this week, hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.

It’s being given to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health care workers at high risk

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

More Coronavirus Vaccination Information

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Please remember not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. This will help get the vaccines to the people who need it most, first.

Message from the Council about Covid19 Vaccine

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, visit Calderdale Council’s website

Taken from the Council’s Facebook page

With news about the COVID-19 vaccines doing the rounds on social media over the last week, we’ve listened to what you’ve had to say and answered some of your questions.
Starting with the big one – are the vaccines safe? Yes, they are safe. The global impact of COVID-19 has meant the funding, expertise and equipment needed to find a vaccine was quickly made available. The vaccines didn’t meet barriers other drugs and vaccines often face before they can be approved, because of the scale of the pandemic.
Before any vaccine can go to market it undergoes lots of testing to make sure it is safe. Many of the COVID- 19 vaccines are based on ones already being developed to treat other diseases.
Vaccines also have to be tested on large groups of people, usually between 300 and 3000, before they can be approved. Testing for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine involved over 43,000 people! Clinical trials took place quickly because of the scale of the pandemic.
And, having a number of different COVID-19 vaccines means we can protect a wider number of people. We know that weaknesses in one trial could be covered by strengths in another.
Allergic reactions to vaccines are extremely rare – about 1 in 760,000, meaning you have more chance of being struck by lightning! There have been no serious safety concerns raised about the vaccines as part of their approval process, so there’s no need to worry about their safety.
Last week the Government accepted the MHRA’s recommendation for authorisation of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Find out more here👉 https://t.co/at7IuuAU96

Local Restrictions: Calderdale placed on Tier 3 from December 2nd

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, visit Calderdale Council’s website

From December 2nd, Calderdale will be placed on Tier 3.

For full details of the restrictions, visit: Local restriction tiers: what you need to know (GOV.UK).

The restrictions that apply in Calderdale include:

  • You must not meet with people you do not live with, or who are not in your support bubble, in:
    • Any indoor setting. (This includes private houses and indoor public settings, such as shops, gyms and libraries.)
    • A private garden.
  • You can meet in groups of up to six people from different households in public outdoor spaces. (Such as parks, the countryside and beaches.)

There are three big things we all should be doing to help reduce our infection rate in Calderdale:

  • Limit contact with people that you do not live with (or who are not in your support bubble).
  • Wear a face covering in all indoor settings where you might come into contact with people you don’t live with.
  • Isolate at home, if:
    • You or someone you live with has symptoms.
    • You or someone you live with has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • You are advised to by NHS Test and Trace.

Everyone in England must:

  • Attend school or college as normal, unless you are isolating.
  • Work from home if you can. If you cannot, you can travel to your workplace.
  • Walk or cycle where possible. Avoid busy times when travelling.
  • Only open businesses and venues that are allowed to open in your tier.

For a list of businesses that can open in Calderdale from 2nd December, see: FAQs.

 

 

Action for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People and coronavirus

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, visit Calderdale Council’s website

Calderdale Council are writing to everyone in Calderdale who has been identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) to make sure they know where to go if they need any advice and support.

If you have been told by the NHS that you are clinically extremely vulnerable you need to take extra care to avoid coming into contact with COVID-19 by staying at home except for exercise or essential medical appointments.

If you do need support, and can’t rely on family and friends, we can help in a number of ways such as collecting or dropping off shopping or medication, walking your dog, posting mail or just offering a friendly phone call. If you know anybody who is CEV, please pass on this information.

You can ask for support from the Council at calderdale.gov.uk/request-support or get more information at calderdale.gov.uk/cev

You can also contact the government online for help at gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support

If you need this help over the telephone, please call : 01422 392890