CASES of COVID-19 are continuing to rise across Dorset, as the government eases remaining restrictions across England for the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ today (Monday).
In the latest figures released on Friday, July 16, there were 581 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Dorset Council area, compared to 365 the previous week, and 979 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, compared to 936 on July 9.
This means the case rate per 100,000 people is currently 153.4 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 96.4 the previous week, and 257.6 in the BCP area, compared to 236.8.
There are currently 17 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Dorset, compared to 14 on July 9.
Up to 11 July, 1,034,599 doses of COVID vaccinations had been administered to people in Dorset.
A spokesperson for Public Health Dorset said: “Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the county, although the rate of increase in the BCP Council area has slowed with a smaller increase that we have seen in recent weeks.
“Case rates in both the Dorset Council and BCP Council areas are below the average rates for the South West and England. We are seeing cases increase across all age groups, but the majority of infections continue to be amongst younger people.
“The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 in Dorset has been slowly by steadily rising over the past few weeks, although numbers currently remain low compared to previous waves.
“Restrictions will be lifted on July 19 (today) but this does not mean that the pandemic is over, and the recent rise in cases locally is a reminder of that.
“With COVID-19 circulating in our communities, getting vaccinated is the best way you can protect yourself from serious illness caused by the virus.
“Everyone can access free rapid tests and by doing these twice a week you can also protect people around you by regularly checking you aren’t infectious.
“The risks from COVID-19 have not disappeared so it’s important to consider situations carefully and make informed choices about the things we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.
“Hands, face, space and fresh air remain critical to preventing the spread of the virus, and you should also consider individual risks like clinical vulnerabilities and vaccination status.
“Finally, if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild you must book a PCR test and self-isolate whilst you wait for the result. Self-isolation rules remain in place so if you are a close contact of a positive case you must continue to isolate for the full period.”
Coronavirus cases in the Lyme Regis area
In line with Dorset, coronavirus cases are also increasing in the Lyme Regis area.
In the seven-day period up until July 13, 14 cases were recorded in Lyme Regis, Charmouth & the Marshwood Vale, an increase from eight.
The latest figures for surrounding areas are as follows: Uplyme, Kilmington & Colyton – 21 (increase of 7); Seaton – 27 (same as previous week); Axminster – 19 (and increase of 7); Burton Bradstock & Chideock – 16 (increase of 6); Bridport South & West Bay – 10 (decrease of 5); Bridport North – 9 (decrease of 15).
You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/