CORONAVIRUS case rates across Dorset remain below the national and South West average, according to the latest figures.
As of September 10 there were 1,219 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, a slight increase from 1,089 the previous week, and 1,186 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) area, a decrease from 1,231 on September 3.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 321.0 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 286.7 the previous week, and 298.7 in the BCP area, compared to 310.1.
Both of these are below the South West and national average, which currently stands at 374.
There were 40 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, compared to 48 in the previous update on September 3.
As of September 5, 1,138,904 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination had been administered in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “This week we have seen a slight rise in COVID-19 cases in the Dorset Council area this week and a small decline in COVID-19 case rates across the BCP Council area.
“Both Dorset Council and BCP Council case rates are below the average for the South West and England.
“Hospitalisations related to COVID-19 have remained at around 40-50 since the beginning of August, with 40 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.
“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
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area are remaining steady according to the latest local figures.
In the seven-day period up until September 9, there were 17 recorded cases in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area – no change on the previous week.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 235.4 – well below the national average of 374.
The latest figures for surrounding areas are as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 11 (decrease of 20); Seaton – 24 (increase of 7); Axminster – 19 (decrease of 16); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 20 (increase of 1); Bridport South & West Bay – 24 (no change); Bridport North – 19 (decrease of 11).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/