COVID-19 case rates back on rise across Dorset, but remain low in Lyme Regis

Dorset COVID fugures November 19 2021AFTER a few weeks of declining numbers, COVID-19 cases rates across Dorset have increase again, but continue to drop in the Lyme Regis area.

The latest figures released on November 19 showed that there were 1,994 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Dorset Council area, compared to 1,664 the previous week, and 2,283 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Pool (BCP) area, an increase from 1,923.

This means the case rates per 100,000 people were 525.0 in the Dorset Council area, up from 438.1 in the last update on November 12, and 575.1 in the BCP area, up from 484.4.

Both are above both the South West average and the national average of 403 per 100,000 people.

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset has also increased from 70 to 75.

A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “After a short period of declining case rates, we’ve seen cases rise again over the past week across Dorset. Both the Dorset Council and BCP Council areas remain significantly above the average case rate for England, as well as above the regional average in the South West.

“Cases remain highest amongst school-aged children, but we are also seeing high rates in middle and older age groups. The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 across Dorset has also continued to rise.

“As we move into the colder months and the Christmas period, we must remember that the risks from COVID-19 have not gone away.

“If you’re going to an event or gathering with lots of people or in an enclosed space, take a lateral flow test before you go to reduce the risk of passing COVID-19 on to other people. When meeting indoors, open windows regularly to let fresh air in and prevent airborne spread of the virus.

“Although we know that people who have been vaccinated can still catch and spread COVID-19, vaccination is still the best way to protect yourself from serious illness.

“We can see that in the data, as in previous waves we saw much higher hospitalisations when we were experiencing similar case rates. Please get your jabs if you haven’t already done so, and take up the offer of the booster vaccine if you’re eligible.”

Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area

Despite the increase in COVID-19 infections across Dorset, figures for the Lyme Regis area are at the lowest they have been for several weeks.

In the seven-day period up until November 16, there were just 12 recorded cases of COVID-19 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 was 165.4 – well below the Dorset Council area figure of 525.0 and below the national average of 403.

Neighbouring areas to the west in East Devon also reported decreases in the latest figures, while most areas to the east of Lyme Regis – including the Bridport area – have reported increases.

Figures for neighbouring areas as of November 16 were as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 23 (decrease of 9); Seaton – 26 (decrease of 11); Axminster – 37 (decrease of 14); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 32 (increase of 8); Bridport South & West Bay – 42 (increase of 21); Bridport North – 34 (increase of 14); Beaminster, Maiden Newton & Halstock – 24 (decrease of 8).

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

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