DORSET COVID case numbers have continued to drop this week and the county’s infection rate is now slightly below the South West region’s average.
The latest figures show that the Dorset Council area had 349 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the seven-day period up until February 19, a decrease from 555 the previous week.
The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) area had629 cases, compared to 989 the previous week.
This means the Dorset Council area has an infection rate of 92.2 per 100,000 people, a decrease from 146.6 the previous week, and the BCP area has an infection rate of 159.1 compared to 250.2 the previous week.
The average infection rate for the South West is 93.7 and across England is 137.8.
There are currently 194 COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset, compared to 269 the previous week. This much lower than the peak in January but still higher than anything Dorset experienced during 2020.
Up to February 14, 240,890 COVID vaccinations had been administered to people in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Dorset Council said: “The situation has improved but health and care services remain under pressure, so it’s really important that we all continue to play our part in stopping COVID-19 from spreading.
“We would like to thank residents who have followed the rules to help bring cases down and improve our local situation.
“We know that COVID-19 spreads very easily so we cannot become complacent as this could quickly lead to a rise in cases again.
“Don’t take risks by bending the rules, and please self-isolate and book a test if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
COVID case numbers in Lyme Regis area
COVID-19 cases numbers in Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale have remained low this week, with fewer than three cases in the whole area recorded in the seven-day period up until February 15.
In small areas where there are fewer three cases, full date is not given as to protect the identity of individuals.
In neighbouring Uplyme, Kilmington and Colyton, there were also fewer than three cases in the seven-day period up until February 15.
Fewer than three cases We’re also recorded in Seaton, Burton Bradstock & Chideock, Bridport North and Bridport South & West Bay, and Axminster had nine cases – a decrease of one on the previous week.
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/