CORONAVIRUS case numbers across Dorset remained stable over the the past week, with about 10-20 cases per 100,000 of the population.
In the latest update on May 7, there were 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, compared with 46 the previous week, and 65 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) Council area, a slight increase from 56.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 9.0 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 12.2 the previous week, and 16.4 in the BCP area, compared to 14.2.
There are currently nine COVID-19 patients in Dorset hospitals, compared to six in last update on April 30, and there were no coronavirus-related deaths in the county over the past week.
Up to May 2, 689,469 COVID vaccination doses had been administered to people in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Local seven-day case rates across the Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas remain stable again this week, with around 10-20 cases per 100,000 of the population in both council areas.
“Our data shows that the number of people in Dorset hospitals with COVID-19 has remained in single figures over the past few weeks, and COVID-related deaths in both council areas are at zero. Thank you to everyone who has played their part in keeping case rates low.
“The lockdown has helped to bring our cases, hospitalisations and deaths down in Dorset, but we do need to keep following the rules and guidelines and keep following the hands, face, space measures to keep yourself and others safe, and to prevent a further surge locally. For now, you can only meet up to groups of six or two households outdoors.
“We are continuing to encourage all adults in Dorset to take part in twice weekly rapid lateral flow testing, which you can order online, collect at a pharmacy or a local test site.”
You can find out more about rapid testing here, or watch a video of Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health, explaining the benefits of regular rapid testing, 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 May 4.
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 May 4, 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 Starcross & Exminster to the west (3 cases), Ilminster & Horton to the north (3), and Preston & Lodmoor to the east (3).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/