COVID-19 case rates drop across Dorset for the first time in weeks

COVID-19 case rates across Dorset and in Lyme Regis have decreased for the first time in several weeks.

The latest figures released on November 5 showed that there were 2,181 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 2,301 the previous week, and 2,018 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, a decrease from 2,085.

This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 574.3 in the Dorset Council area, down from 605.9 on October 29, and 508.3 in the BCP area, compared to 525.2.

These figures are still both above the national average of 412.4 per 100,000 people.

Despite a drop in case numbers, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset increase from 52 to 69 over the past week.

A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Case rates across both Dorset Council and BCP Council areas have decreased since last week, but we have seen a small increase in rates over the past couple of days.

“After a steep rise in cases during October, infection levels across the county remain high.

“Following this rise, the number of people in Dorset hospitals with COVID-19 has increased to 69 – this is the highest number since March 2021.

“The number of deaths related to COVID-19 has remained relatively stable over the past few weeks.

“With high case rates and wider pressure on our local health and care system, we continue to ask everyone to remember that we are still living with COVID-19 and act with caution.”

Public Health Dorset offer the following advice to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Get plenty of fresh air by meeting outdoors or opening doors and windows. This reduces your chances of catching or spreading COVID-19.
  • Take twice weekly lateral flow tests. They are free, quick and easy and will help you check you’re not unknowingly passing the virus to others.
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19. It’s not too late if you haven’t had your first or second dose yet, and if you’re eligible for a booster jab please take up the offer.

Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area

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

In the seven-day period up until November 2, there were 39 recorded cases of COVID-19 in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, a decrease of 16 on the previous week.

This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 537.6 – now below the Dorset Council area figure of 574.3 but above the national average of 412.4.

Figures for neighbouring areas as of November 2 were as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 43 (increase of 9); Seaton – 34 (decrease of 14); Axminster – 71 (decrease of 14); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 25 (decrease of 13); Bridport South & West Bay – 28 (decrease of 2); Bridport North – 20 (decrease of 3); Beaminster, Maiden Newton & Halstock – 57 (decrease of 28).

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

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