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

Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 8 August 2022


This week's overview

The latest update from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the week ending 26 July, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) decreased in England to around 1 in 25 people. The ONS has currently paused infection data at a local authority level, so we do not have current estimates for Dorset Council and BCP Council. 

In the week ending 26 July 2022, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England continued to decrease in all age groups.

There are currently 101 people in hospitals in Dorset with COVID-19, a decrease on the previous week.

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:
    • England: 3.9% (compared to 4.8% in last update on 1 August)
    • Local data currently unavailable
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 101 (compared to 121 in last update on 1 August) 


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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