CORONAVIRUS case rates continue to decline across Dorset, although there was a small increase at the end of last week.
The latest figures released on Friday, September 24 showed that there were 963 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 965 the previous week, and 901 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, compared to 978.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people is currently 253.6 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 254.1 in the latest update on September 17, and 227.0 in the BCP area, compared to 246.4.
There are currently 26 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, a slight decrease from 30 reported on September 17.
As of September 19, 1,154,588 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination had been administered in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Since last week’s update, case rates in Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole continued to decline but we have seen a small uptick in the last few days. This is reflective of the regional and national picture.
“Our local case rates are above the South West average but remain below the England average.
“In line with the decrease in case rates in recent weeks, we’ve also seen COVID-related hospital admissions start to fall. There are currently 26 people in hospital with COVID-19 in Dorset.
“With COVID-19 continuing to circulate in our communities, 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 22, 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 253.6 for the Dorset Council and the national average of 313.
The neighbouring area of Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton has dropped well below the national average and now has one of the lowest case rates in the country.
As of September 22, the area had just four reported COVID-19 cases and a case rate of 47.6 per 100,000 people.
However, other neighbouring areas – including Burton Bradstock & Chideock, Bridport South & West Bay, and Axminster – have all seen fairly significant rises in the latest figures.
Figures for surrounding areas were as follows: Seaton – 9 (decrease of 4); Axminster – 26 (increase of 16); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 54 (increase of 24); Bridport South & West Bay – 31 (increase of 11); Bridport North – 24 (decrease of 10).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/