Most recent Covid wave is a reminder to keep taking precautions as we head into the holiday season

COVID-19 illustration and graph showing increase in cases
COVID-19 cases are on the rise again across the country, including in our local area.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics estimates that around 3.8% of the population in Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole currently have COVID-19.

This is a reminder that coronavirus has not gone away, so we still need to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 and other infectious illnesses. The rise in cases comes as residents and visitors prepare to enjoy the county's events and activities during the summer.

The success of the vaccination programme means that far fewer people become seriously ill as a result of catching COVID-19, but when lots of people are unwell we know that this can increase pressure on services through staff absences and put those who are more vulnerable at risk. Residents are being reminded to make sure that they and their families are fully vaccinated, and for those who are eligible to ensure they take up the offer of a Spring booster.

Taking simple precautions is still one of the best ways we can help look after ourselves and those who are vulnerable to viral infections or bugs:

  • If you feel unwell, please stay at home and avoid mixing with people
  • Wash or sanitise hands regularly
  • Make plans to meet outdoors if possible
  • Keep indoor spaces well ventilated & wear a mask if you can in busy indoor settings
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, bin your tissues and wash your hands afterwards

Rachel Partridge, Deputy Director of Public Health for Dorset said:

“As we continue to live with COVID-19, we expect to see increases in cases as people mix and travel without restrictions; the rise in case numbers is a reminder that the virus hasn't gone away. Please help reduce pressure on our key frontline services, including health and social care services, and protect those who are vulnerable by doing what we can to reduce the spread."

If you feel unwell or you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people. This applies to socialising, work settings and healthcare. Whether it’s COVID-19 or another illness, it’s better to stay home for a while than risk passing a virus to your friend, family or those who are vulnerable within your community. Check the full guidance if you’re not sure what you should do.

Published on:
07/07/2022, 12:57