Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset - Public Health Dorset

Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 16 May 2022


This week's overview

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 continued to decrease in the week ending 7 May locally and across England. The survey estimates that in England around 1 in 45 people would test positive for COVID-19.

In the Dorset Council and BCP Council areas, 2.4% of the population would test positive for COVID-19, down from 4.5% in the week ending 30 April. We continue to see the number of people in hospitals in Dorset with COVID-19 decrease too, with 92 patients in hospital compared to 147 last week.

Anyone who feels unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses should stay at home and avoid contact with other people until you feel better. There are many simple steps we can all take to reduce transmission of the virus when we're out and about - wear a face covering, wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes.

Latest data

The visualisation below shows the latest ONS Infection Survey data, people in hospital beds and deaths for the latest data periods available. There can be a time lag to allow us to report the most complete data. We provide this local update weekly, but you can find information daily on the UK Health Security Agency data page.


Summary of the most recent data:

  • Percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19:
    • BCP: 2.4% (compared to 4.5% in the last update week ending 30 April)
    • Dorset: 2.4% (compared to 4.5% in the last update week ending 30 April)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 92* (compared to 147 in last update on 3 May. *Missing data from one NHS trust on 10/5/22 may affect numbers reported for this period.) 


You can find more information about the vaccination programme in Dorset on NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group's website, including how to book and where to find walk-in clinics. 

Further data about vaccination rates is available on the government website. 

Other COVID-19 data

The government data website has lots of national, regional and local information. You can search by postcode or use the interactive map to find out more about the situation in your local area.

You can find further information about COVID-19 hospital admissions and bed occupancy by trust on the NHS England website. This is usually updated on a weekly basis.

Further data on deaths, including the total number with COVID-19 recorded on the death certificate, is available from the Office for National Statistics and the UK Health Security Agency for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset

Key settings

Care homes

We continue to work closely with care settings and key partners to monitor the situation and provide advice and support wherever it’s needed. Please see the latest government guidance on care home visiting. Families are advised to check details with the home before visiting.


We have well-established processes in place to work closely with affected schools to respond to risks due to COVID-19 outbreaks and incidents. Schools communicate directly with parents and carers regarding any actions that need to be taken.  

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