COVID cases in Dorset begin to drop despite busy Bank Holiday

DESPITE the busy Bank Holiday weekend, Dorset has actually seen cases of coronavirus drop over the past week.

The latest figures released on Friday, September 3 show that there were 1,089 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, a decrease from 1,376 the previous week, and 1,232 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, compared to 1,612 on August 27.

This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 285.7 in the Dorset Council area, down from 362.2, and 310.1 in the BCP area, a decrease from 406.1 – both below the national average of 352.

However, there were 48 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, a slight increase from 44 the previous week.

As of 29 August, 1,128,568 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination had been administered in Dorset.

A spokesperson for Dorset Public Health said: “Over the past couple of weeks we have started to see a decrease in COVID-19 case rates across the county.

“Both Dorset Council and BCP Council case rates are below the average for the South West, as some other areas in the region have experienced a spike in cases recently.

“Hospitalisations related to COVID-19 have remained at around 40-50 since the beginning of August, with 48 people currently in hospital with COVID-19.

“We have started to see a number of COVID-related deaths each week due to COVID-19, but these are at much lower levels than during previous waves.

“This shows that the vaccine is having an impact on protecting people from serious illness and death.

“We continue to urge anyone who hasn’t yet had their first or second dose of the COVID vaccine to book an appointment or attend a walk-in clinic.

“It’s also important to keep testing regularly with rapid lateral flow tests to check that you’re not infectious and putting other people at risk – we know that it’s still possible to catch or spread COVID-19 even after you’ve been vaccinated.

“Order your free tests online or collect from a local pharmacy. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and book a PCR test.”

Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area

In line with the picture across Dorset, coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area have also started to drop, having previously almost reached the peak levels seen in mid-January 2021 earlier this month.

In the seven-day period up until August 29 – the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend – there were 18 recorded cases in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, an decrease of 23 on the previous week.

This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 249.2 – almost half of what it was the previous week and above the national average of 352.

The latest figures for surrounding areas are as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 33 (decrease of 5); Seaton – 22 (decrease of 11); Axminster – 22 (decrease of 16); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 26 (decrease of 13); Bridport South & West Bay – 12 (decrease of 13); Bridport North – 20 (decrease of 16).

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