Slight drop in COVID-19 cases in Dorset, but infection rates remain high

COVID-19 infection rates remain high across the county, but have dropped slightly in the Dorset Council area over the past week. 

The latest figures released on December 3 show that there were 2,168 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, a slight drop from 2,231 the previous week. However, there were 2,418 cases in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, an increase from the previous week’s figure of 2,354.

This means the caste rates per 100,000 people were 570.8 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 587.4 the previous week, and 609.1 in the BCP area, compared to 593.0. Both are still above the national average of 440.

There are currently 103 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, an increase from 95 in the last update on November 26.

A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Infection rates remain at high levels across Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, however we have seen a slight decrease in Dorset Council infection rates over the past week.

“Our local case rates are higher than both the South West and England averages, and are amongst the highest in England.

“The number of people in hospital across Dorset with COVID-19 has continued to increase, although we can see the impact of the vaccine as in previous waves we have seen much higher numbers of people in hospital.

“We’ve also continued to see a number of deaths related to COVID-19 each week.

“We know that many people will be concerned following the news on the new Omicron variant, which has been found in the UK, and the government has introduced some new measures in response to this as a precaution whilst more analysis is carried out.

“We’ve not yet identified any cases in Dorset but we’ll continue to work with regional and national colleagues to monitor the situation closely and it is expected that more cases will be found in the UK.”

With high infection levels in the local area, Public Health Dorset is asking people to take all measures they can to protect themselves and others from COVID-19:

  • Take a lateral flow test before meeting others
  • Get plenty of fresh air and ventilation
  • Wear a face covering in indoor and crowded spaces
  • Wash your hands regularly and maintain distance between yourself and others
  • Self-isolate and arrange a PCR test if you have any symptoms
  • Get vaccinated, including your booster dose

Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area

COVID-19 cases in the Lyme Regis area have also dropped slightly, according to the latest figures.

In the seven-day period up until November 30, there were 21 recorded cases of COVID-19 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 289.5 – below the Dorset Council area figure of 570.8 and national average of 440.

However, case numbers have risen in several neighbouring areas in East Devon, with particularly sharp increases in Axminster and Seaton, where the infections rates are now more than double the national average.

Things look more positive in West Dorset, with decreases in every neighbouring area.

Figures for neighbouring areas as of November 30 were as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 40 (increase of 12); Seaton – 69 (increase of 29); Axminster – 89 (increase of 45); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 32 (decrease of 12); Bridport South & West Bay – 40 (decrease of 6); Bridport North – 35 (decrease of 20); Beaminster, Maiden Newton & Halstock – 36 (decrease of 23).

You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

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