WHILE COVID-19 cases across the UK have fallen for five days straight, numbers have rapidly increased in Dorset over the past week, although the case rate remains below the national average.
In the latest figures released on Friday, July 23, there were 1,006 cases in the Dorset Council area, compared to 581 the previous week, and 2,113 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, up from 979.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people is 265.8 for the Dorset Council area and 534.5 for the BCP area.
There are currently 27 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, compared to 17 on July 16.
Up to July 18, 1,049,238 doses of COVID vaccinations had been administered to people in Dorset.
A spokeperson for Dorset Council said: “We have seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases across the county over the past week, particularly in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area where the case rate has more than doubled in a week to 534.5 per 100,000. Dorset Council’s case rate has risen from 153.4 to 265.8 in a week.
“The average rate for the South West is 513.5 and for England it is 529.1. Case rates are highest amongst younger people, but we are seeing cases increase across all age groups.
“The number of people in hospitals in Dorset with COVID-19 has increased from 17 to 27 over the past week, and we have started to see a small number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the county.
“The rise in cases locally and nationally is a reminder that we are still living with COVID-19, and despite restrictions being lifted we must keep doing all we can to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Make sure you get your second dose of the vaccine to get maximum protection, and keep doing regular rapid tests to check you aren’t infectious.
“There were no changes to the requirement to self-isolate from July 19, so please continue to self-isolate if you have symptoms, test positive or are identified as a close contact.”
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area
COVID case numbers in the Lyme Regis area are also continuing to increase, but have decreased in most immediately surrounding areas.
In the seven-day period up until July 20, there were 20 recorded cases in the Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale area, an increase of six on the previous week.
The latest figures for surrounding areas are as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 14 (decrease of 7); Seaton – 10 (decrease of 17); Axminster – 18 (decrease of 1); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 15 (no change); Bridport South & West Bay – 9 (decrease of 1); Bridport North – 11 (increase of 2).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/