CORONAVIRUS cases remain high in Dorset, significantly above the averages for the South West and England in some areas.
The latest figures released on August 13 showed that there were 1,151 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 1,071 the previous week, and 1,915 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, compared to 2,025 the previous week.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people stands at 303.1 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 282.0 on August 6, and 482.4 in the BCP area, compared to 510.1.
There are currently 37 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, a decrease from 42 reported on August 6.
As of August 8, 1,087,596 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination had been administered in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “COVID-19 case rates remain high across Dorset. We have seen a small decrease in the case rate for BCP Council since last week, but it remains significantly above the averages for the South West and England.
“Dorset Council’s case rate has continued to increase and is similar to the average rate for England.
“The number of people in hospital in Dorset with COVID-19 is lower than last week, although we do see day-to-day fluctuations due to admissions and discharges, so we will continue to monitor the overall trend closely.
“Sadly, we are seeing a small number of weekly deaths due to COVID-19, although deaths remain at much lower levels than in previous waves of the pandemic.
“Cases continue to be highest amongst the younger population in Dorset, many of whom are not yet fully vaccinated, but we are seeing cases across all age groups.
“Although restrictions have been lifted, high local case rates are a reminder that we are still living with COVID-19 and we all need to continue to consider the risks.
“Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from becoming seriously ill, but there’s still a chance you could catch or spread COVID-19 even if you’re fully vaccinated.
“That’s why it’s important to test regularly and minimise the risk of transmission by meeting outdoors, letting fresh air in, wearing a face covering in crowded spaces and minimising contact where possible.
“If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 you should get a PCR test, even if you think your symptoms are mild. You must self-isolate whilst you wait for the result, and continue to self-isolate if the result is positive.
“Guidance on self-isolation for close contacts of positive cases is changing from Monday, August 16, with exemptions for people who are double-jabbed and those under the age of 18 who will instead be asked to take a PCR test.”
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area
Although COVID case numbers remain high across Dorset, they are currently low in the Lyme Regis area.
In the seven-day period up until August 10, there were just three recorded cases in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, a decrease of eight on the previous week. This means the case rate per 100,000 people is 41.5.
The latest figures for surrounding areas are as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 8 (decrease of 7); Seaton – 8 (increase of 4); Axminster – 14 (decrease of 6); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 22 (increase of 7); Bridport South & West Bay – 8 (decrease of 7); Bridport North – 11 (increase of 4).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/