COVID case rate in Dorset above national average

CORONAVIRUS case rates remain high across Dorset and have almost returned to peak levels seen in January in the Lyme Regis area. 

The latest figures released on August 20 show there were 1,376 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, an increase on 1,166 reported the previous week, and 1,612 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, relatively similar to last week’s figure of 1,614.

This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 362.3 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 307.0 the previous week, and 406.1 in the BCP area, compared to 406.6.

This is below the average case rate for the South West but above the national average of 350.

There are currently 44 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, compared to 41 in the last update on August 20.

As of 26 August, 1,115,228 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination had been administered in Dorset.

A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “In line with the national picture, COVID-19 case rates remain high across the county. Case rates in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area have stayed the same this week and Dorset Council’s case rate has increased this week.

“We can see that vaccinations are having a significant impact on preventing serious illness and stopping many people from needing hospital treatment, as hospitalisations remain much lower than at similar points during previous waves.

“Anyone who hasn’t yet had their COVID-19 vaccine can still take up the offer, there are plenty of options available with appointments and walk-in clinics located across the county.”

Find out more about the vaccination programme and how to get your jabs here.

Whilst cases remain high, it’s important to continue to consider the risks from COVID-19, even though restrictions have been eased. To protect yourself and others:

  • Keep testing regularly
  • Self-isolate and get a PCR test if you have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Meet others outdoors wherever possible, or keep indoor spaces well-ventilated
  • Wear a face covering in crowded spaces
  • Keep washing your hands regularly

Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the Lyme Regis area.

In the seven-day period up until August 24, there were 29 recorded cases in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, an increase of six on the previous week.

This means the case rate per 100,000 people is now 401.5 – above the national average of 350. Figures in the area have almost returned to peak levels seen in January 2021 following an outbreak of the Delta (Indian) variant over Christmas and the New Year.

The latest figures for surrounding areas are as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 27 (no change from previous week); Seaton – 29 (increase of 7); Axminster – 32 (decrease of 1); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 27 (decrease of 8); Bridport South & West Bay – 21 (increase of 3); Bridport North – 26 (no change).

You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at

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