CORONAVIRUS case rates have increased slightly across Dorset over the past week, but on the whole remain relatively stable.
The latest figures released on October 8 showed that there were 1,274 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Dorset Council area, compared to 1,235 the previous week, and 888 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, compared to 857.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 335.4 in the Dorset Council area, an increase from 325.2 the previous week, and 223.7 in the BCP area, compared to 215.9. The national average case rate per 100,000 people is currently 341.
There were 38 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, compared to 29 in the last update on October 1.
As of October 3, 1,161,712 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination had been administered in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Case rates in both the Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas have seen small increases on last week, but on the whole remain relatively stable.
“Dorset Council’s case rate is similar to the England average but above the South West average, whilst BCP Council’s rate is below both the regional and national averages.
“The number of COVID patients in hospital beds has increased since last week, but we do see fluctuations day to day so we will continue to monitor the trend over time.
“Although we continue to see COVID-19 circulating in the community, the number of people becoming seriously ill or dying after contracting the virus is much lower than during previous waves.
“This demonstrates that the vaccine is having a significant impact on protecting people against COVID-19. Whilst people who are vaccinated can still catch the virus, they are much less likely to become seriously unwell as a result of it.
“It’s not too late to get your vaccine if you haven’t had yours yet, book an appointment or find a walk-in clinic near you.”
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area have dropped slightly in the latest figures, but remain relatively high in the neighbouring Bridport area.
In the seven-day period up until October 5, there were 15 recorded cases in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, a decrease of five on the previous week.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 206.8 – below the Dorset Council area figure of 335.4 and the national average of 341.
Neighbouring Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton had 16 confirmed cases, a decrease of one on the previous week, and a case rate of 190.4 per 100,000 people.
Case numbers in the Bridport area, however, continue to remain fairly high.
Figures for surrounding areas were as follows: Seaton – 11 (no change on previous week); Axminster – 12 (decrease of 13); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 37 (decrease of 2); Bridport South & West Bay – 25 (no change); Bridport North – 35 (increase of 5); Beaminster, Maiden Newton & Halstock – 68 (increase of 15).
The case rate per 100,000 people in the Beaminster, Maiden Newton & Halstock area is now 695.8 – more than double the national average.
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/