COVID cases back on the increase in Dorset after dropping last month

AFTER a short period of seeing coronavirus case rates fall in Dorset, they have begun to increase again across the county.

The latest figures released on August 6 showed that there were 1,071 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 969 the previous week, and 2,025 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, compared to 1,843.

This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 282.0 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 256.0 on July 30, and 510.1 in the BCP area, compared to 466.2.

There were 42 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, an increase from 36 at the end of July.

As of 1 August, 1,075,493 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination had been administered in Dorset.

A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “After a short period of seeing case rates fall in our local area, they have begun to increase again over the past week.

“At 510.1 per 100,000, the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council case rate is above the England average of 283.7 and the South West average of 307.2.

“Dorset Council’s case rate is also rising and is now 282.0.

“The number of people in hospital in Dorset with COVID-19 continues to rise slowly, and sadly we are seeing a small number of COVID-related deaths.

“With increased mixing without restrictions in place following Step 4 of the government’s roadmap, a rise in cases is to be expected.

“Our data shows that cases are higher in our younger population and this is most likely due to them being partially or unvaccinated against COVID-19.

“Whilst the risk is lower for younger people, there is still a chance you could become seriously unwell or suffer from long term impacts of COVID-19, so it’s really important that younger people take up the offer of the vaccine.”

Although restrictions have been lifted, there are small things we can all do to help protect ourselves and loved ones:

  • If you can, meet outdoors where the risk of transmission is much lower
  • If you have to meet indoors, open doors and windows to improve ventilation
  • Keep wearing a face covering in crowded spaces
  • Minimise contact to reduce the chances of catching or passing on the virus
  • Do regular rapid tests to check you’re not infectious

If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 you should get a PCR test, even if you think your symptoms are mild. You and other members of your household must self-isolate whilst you wait for the result.

Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area

Although COVID case numbers have risen across Dorset, they have dropped in the Lyme Regis area according to the latest figures.

In the seven-day period up until August 3, there were 11 recorded cases in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, a decrease of four on the previous week.

The latest figures for surrounding areas are as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 15 (decrease of 3); Seaton – 12 (increase of 6); Axminster – 20 (no change); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 15 (increase of 2); Bridport South & West Bay – 15 (increase of 7); Bridport North – 7 (decrease of 6).

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

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