THE total number of confirmed coronavirus cases across Dorset remained at 48 last week – the same figure as the previous week – but residents have ben told they should be vigilant as cases begin to increase nationally.
In the latest update on June 4, it was reported that there were 14 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Dorset Council area, compared to 19 the previous week, and 34 in the Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch (BCP) area, compared to 29.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people stood at 3.7 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 5.0 on May 28, and 8.6 in the BCP area, compared to 7.3.
There are currently four COVID-19 patients in hospital beds across Dorset, compared to five in the last update on May 28.
Up to 30 May, 872,800 doses of COVID vaccinations had been administered to people in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Case rates remain low in the Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas this week.
“However, nationally we are seeing cases start to increase so we must remain vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Dorset.
“The best way to protect yourself and others is to continue to follow the rules on hands, face, space and fresh air, do twice weekly rapid tests and get both doses of the vaccine when it’s offered to you.
“Routine testing is really important when cases are low. If everyone takes part in regular rapid testing, we can find and isolate cases in people without symptoms, preventing them from unknowingly spreading the virus.
“As restrictions have been eased and we start to socialise more with others, regular testing helps protect your friends, family and everyone you come into contact with in your day to day life.
“If you’ve been vaccinated, you should do regular testing as there’s a chance you could still catch and spread COVID-19.
“If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, don’t use a rapid lateral flow test. Book a PCR test online or by calling 119 and self-isolate with your household whilst you wait for the result.
“You should do this even if you develop mild symptoms (a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell).”
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 June 1.
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’ since early March.
There were also fewer than three cases in every surrounding area as of June 1, including Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton; Axminster; Seaton; Burton Bradstock & Chideock; Bridport North; and Bridport South & West Bay.
In fact, the closest areas where three or more cases were recorded were Pennsylvania & University, in Exeter, to the west (5 cases), and Blandford Outer & Tarrants, in Blandford Forum, to the east (4).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/