CORONAVIRUS case rates have remained stable across Dorset this week and are now about half the national average.
In the latest figures released on April 30, the Dorset Council area had 46 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the same number as the previous week, and the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch (BCP) area had 56, a slight increase from 52 the previous week.
This means infections rates per 100,000 people are now 12.2 in the Dorset Council area, and 14.2 in the BCP area, compared to 13.2 on April 23.
There are currently six COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset, and increase of one the previous week.
Up to April 25, 647,677 doses had been administered to people in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Case rates across the Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas remain stable again this week.
“The rates for both areas are similar to the South West average and around half of the England average.
“The number of people in Dorset hospitals with COVID-19 has remained in single figures over the past few weeks, and we have seen very low numbers of COVID-related deaths reported in our area.
“Thank you to everyone who has played their part in keeping case rates low.
“The lockdown had a significant impact on bringing our cases, hospitalisations and deaths down in Dorset, but we do need to keep going to prevent a further surge locally.
“We have seen how the COVID-19 situation can change very quickly.
“It’s important to keep following the hands, face, space measures to keep yourself and your community safe. For now, you can only meet people outside of your household outdoors.
“We are also encouraging all adults in Dorset to take part in rapid lateral flow testing.”
You can find out more about rapid lateral flow testing on the Dorset Council website or watch the video by director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe, below.
Coronavirus case numbers in Lyme Regis area
COVID case numbers in the local area continue to remain very low, with fewer than three cases recorded across Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale in the seven-day period up until April 25.
In small areas where there are fewer three cases, full data is not given as to protect the identity of individuals.
Case numbers have remained ‘fewer than three’ for several weeks now.
There were also fewer than three cases in every surrounding area as of April 25, including Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton; Axminster; Seaton; Burton Bradstock & Chideock; Bridport North; and Bridport South & West Bay.
In fact, the closest areas where more cases were recorded were Cranbrook, Broadclyst & Stoke Canon to the west (3 cases), Curry Rivel & Fivehead to the north (3), and Wareham, Sandford & Holton Heath to the east (3).
However, one more coronavirus-related death was reported in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Marshwood Vale area in March.
The death figures by local area for March 2021 have just been released, and this brings the area’s total death count to four since the pandemic broke out in March 2020.
Two previous deaths were recorded in January and one in February.
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/