AFTER declining for several weeks, coronavirus cases in the Dorset Council area have increased again according to latest figures.
The latest date released on October 1 showed that there were 1,235 cases in the Dorset Council area, compared to 963 the previous week. However, cases in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area had dropped from 978 to 857.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 325.2 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 253.6 in the last update on September 24, and 215.9 in the BCP area, compared to 227.0.
There are currently 29 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, a slight increase from 26 the previous week.
7 day case rates per 100,000
As of September 19, 1,154,588 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination had been administered in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Public Health England said: “We are continuing to see a decline in cases in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole this week. However, cases in Dorset have risen this week.
“For Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, the case rates are below the South West average, for Dorset, the case rates are above the South West average. The local case rates remain below the England average in both council areas.
“The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital have also slightly risen this week.
“With COVID-19 continuing to circulate in our communities, and cases increasing in Dorset, it’s really important that anyone with symptoms gets tested and self-isolates whilst they wait for the result.
“Regular rapid testing when you haven’t got symptoms is also key to stopping the spread as you can check you’re not infectious and potentially passing the virus on to others.
“Anyone who hasn’t yet had their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can still book an appointment to get their jab.
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area remain relatively steady, according to the latest government figures.
In the seven-day period up until September 26, there were 18 recorded cases in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, a decrease of three on the previous week.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 248.1 – below the figure of 325.2 for the Dorset Council.
After dropping to one of the lowest case rates in the country, neighbouring Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton has seen cases increase by six to 10 in the latest figures, with a case rate of 119.0.
Case numbers in the Bridport area continue to remain fairly high.
Figures for surrounding areas were as follows: Seaton – 9 (decrease of 1); Axminster – 26 (increase of 6); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 46 (decrease of 4); Bridport South & West Bay – 29 (increase of 5); Bridport North – 23 (decrease of 8); Beaminster, Maiden Newton & Halstock – 43 (increase of 12).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/