COVID-19 cases continued to drop across Dorset last week, but still remain at high levels above the South West and national averages.
The latest figures released on November 11 showed that there were 1,664 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 2,181 the previous week, and 1,923 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, compared to 2,018.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 438.1 in the Dorset Council area, down from 574.3 on November 5, and 585.4 in the BCP area, compared to 508.3.
These figures are still well above the national average of 350.
As of November 11, there were 70 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, an increase of just one in the previous update on November 5.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Case rates have decreased across both council areas since last week. Despite this, cases remain at high levels locally.
“Both areas are now above the South West regional average and remain significantly above the England average. The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 across Dorset is now 70.
“With high case rates locally, it’s important that we continue to take steps to reduce transmission wherever possible.
“If we all take steps now we can help bring cases down, reduce pressure on the local health and care system and avoid the need for further measures over the winter period.
“Ventilation remains key to stopping the airborne spread of the virus – watch this video to see how opening windows, even for short periods of time, can make a difference.
“We’re asking everyone to take twice weekly rapid tests to check you’re not infectious. This helps to make sure you’re not unknowingly passing the virus on the others when you’re going to work or meeting up with friends and family.
“If you’re eligible for the booster vaccine, you can now book your appointment five months after your second dose. Demand is high but appointments are being added so check back regularly if you can’t find a convenient slot straight away.”
Lyme Regis GP and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group chair, Forbes Watson, has admitted that services were stretched trying to deliver the winter flu vaccination programme and COVID boosters, while at the same time extending jabs to 12-15 year olds and delivering normal day-to-day services, due to a shortage of healthcare staff.
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area
COVID-19 case rates in the Lyme Regis area have also continued to drop, according to the latest figures.
In the seven-day period up until November 9, there were 20 recorded cases of COVID-19 in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, a decrease of 19 on the previous week.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 257.7 – below the Dorset Council area figure of 438.1 and below the national average for the first time in weeks.
Figures for neighbouring areas as of November 9 were as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 32 (decrease of 15); Seaton – 37 (increase of 3); Axminster – 51 (decrease of 20); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 24 (decrease of 1); Bridport South & West Bay – 21 (decrease of 7); Bridport North – 21 (increase of 1); Beaminster, Maiden Newton & Halstock – 32 (decrease of 25).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/