Lockdown making an impact in Dorset as COVID cases continue to decrease

dorset covid case figures february 12LOCKDOWN restrictions are making an impact in Dorset, with confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalisations continuing to fall. 

According to the latest date released yesterday (Friday), there were 555 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the seven-day period up until February 12, compared to 785 in the last update on February 5, and 989 in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) area, compared to 1,462 the previous week.

The case rate per 100,000 people was 146.6 in the Dorset Council area, compared to 369.8 on February 5, and 250.2 in the BCP area, compared to 369.8 the previous week.

There are currently 269 COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset, compared to 386 on February 5.

Up to February 7, 201,211 doses had been administered to people in Dorset.

dorset covid case numbers february 12

A spokesperson for Dorset Council said: “Confirmed cases and hospitalisations have continued to fall across Dorset, which shows that the national lockdown restrictions are having an impact.

“Whilst this is good news, it’s important to remember that these figures have been falling from a very high level so there is still a way to go. For comparison, we still have higher case rates than when we went into the second lockdown in November.

“We really need every single person in Dorset to play their part in bringing cases down to a low level.

“The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has fallen to 269 from a peak of 552 on January 19. This is positive, but there are still many people needing hospital treatment and our health and care services continue to be very busy.

“Figures released by NHS England showed that almost one third of all patients who have needed hospital treatment for COVID since the pandemic began were admitted last month.

“Hospitals across the country treated a total of 242,307 patients who were confirmed to have COVID last year. That compares with 101,956 in January 2021.

“During the lockdown, we have the opportunity to work together to improve the situation in Dorset as much as we possibly can.

“Please continue to stay at home and only go out if it really is essential. Every time you leave home unnecessarily, the virus gets more chances to spread.

“Follow the hands, face, space rules, even if you’ve had the vaccine, and please remember if you or anyone you live with develops any symptoms of COVID-19, you must all self-isolate at home.

“Only leave home to get tested and continue self-isolating until you get the result.”

COVID case numbers in Lyme Regis area

COVID-19 cases numbers in Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale have remained relatively low this week, and have also dropped again in the neighbouring Uplyme, Kilmington and Colyton area.

In the seven-day period until February 7, there were six confirmed cases in the area – no change on the previous week.

In Uplyme, Kilmington and Colyton and Uplyme, cases have dropped back down to nine, a decrease of 15 having peaked at 24 following a rapid rise last week.

Axminster had 12 cases, an increase of six; Seaton had fewer than three cases; Burton Bradstock & Chideock had four, an increase of two; Bridport North had six, an increase of four; and Bridport South & West Bay had five, no change from the previous week.

You can find out more details on COVID case numbers in your local area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

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