IN line with the national picture, Dorset continued to see an increase in COVID-19 cases across the county this week.
The latest figures released on October 15 reveal that there are currently 1,323 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dorset Council area, an increase from 1,274 the previous week, and 1,061 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, up from 888.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people currently stands at 348.3 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 335.4 the previous week, and 267.3 in the BCP area, compared to 223.7.
The national average case rate is currently 388 per 100,000 people.
There are 39 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, one more than reported in the last update on October 8.
Figures on many people in Dorset have been vaccinated are no longer being reported.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “We have continued to see an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 this week, in line with the national picture.
“BCP Council’s case rate remains lower than the South West and England averages, whilst Dorset Council’s rate is above the regional average but below the national average.
“Cases remain highest amongst younger people, particularly the 11-16 age group.
“The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital is currently 39; we do see some day-to-day fluctuation due to admissions and discharges but the number has remained at around 35-40. We’ll continue to monitor the impact of case rates on hospital admissions.
“Sadly, we are continuing to see a small number of deaths each week due to COVID-19. The number of deaths remains relatively stable week on week, and at much lower levels to previous waves.
“We are still living with COVID-19 as we head into the winter months, so it’s important to protect yourself and others.
“If you’ve not been vaccinated yet, it’s not too late – you can attend a walk-in clinic or book your appointments online. We also encourage anyone who is eligible for a COVID booster jab or flu vaccine to take up the offer.
“Testing for COVID-19 remains key, and you can still get free lateral flow tests to check you’re not infectious. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test.”
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area have increased slightly in the latest figures, but remain relatively high in some neighbouring areas.
In the seven-day period up until October 10, there were 21 recorded cases in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, an increase of four on the previous week.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 289.5 – below the Dorset Council area figure of 348.3 and the national average of 388.
Neighbouring Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton has seen a sharp increase in cases – up 16 from 26 to 42.
This put the case rate per 100,000 people at 499.9 – above the national average of 388.
Cases have risen in almost every other surrounding area as well.
Figures for surrounding areas were as follows: Seaton – 24 (increase of 12); Axminster – 22 (increase of 5); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 43 (increase of 12); Bridport South & West Bay – 34 (increase of 10); Bridport North – 23 (decrease of 20); Beaminster, Maiden Newton & Halstock – 60 (decrease of 7).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/