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Coronavirus information

We want to reassure you that all agencies in Dorset and nationally are working together to take all the necessary steps to respond to coronavirus and to ensure we are well prepared for increases in cases across Dorset. We know that this is a worrying and unsettling time and we are doing everything we can to keep families and communities safe.

Our councils, NHS services, police, fire and voluntary and community sector organisations are all working extremely hard to make sure we can deliver our essential services and support the most vulnerable in our communities.

National guidance

The situation with coronavirus is constantly changing and it can be hard to keep up with the latest advice. Always use trusted sources.

Use the government website for all updated annoucements and guidance about coronavirus. You can sign up for alerts on the government site so that you know when new guidance has been added or updated.

For medical advice, use the NHS website. It is advised that you use NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Only call NHS 111 if your symptoms worsen or you do not get better after 7 days. 

If you need medical help not related to coronavirus:

  • For health information and advice, use the NHS website or check your GP surgery website.
  • For urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. Only call 111 if you're unable to get help online.
  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Looking after your health

We know that self isolating and the strict social distancing measures will be difficult. And in these uncertain times it's important you look after you health and wellbeing.

It’s important to know what’s going on, but if you’re finding that the constant stream of news updates and social media is causing you to become worried or stressed, you could limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which are making you feel worse.

Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news, or stick to the trusted sources of information to find out what you need to know. You can find information and tips on looking after your mental health on Every Mind Matters.

Our LiveWell Dorset service has just the thing to support your wellbeing at this time: The Five Ways Challenge. The challenge is based on the 5 ways to wellbeing: connect, take notice, keep learning, be active and give. Over a few weeks, participants will join together virtually to improve wellbeing. Join the Five Ways Challenge.

Find out more about Dorset mental health services to access support for your mental health.

Community support

We have seen some amazing examples of community spirit and people offering their help and support to those in need. Local councils are working closely with the community and voluntary sector to harness this support and make sure volunteering activity is done in a co-ordinated and safe way.

If you want to volunteer or need help getting essentials, please visit the council page below for which area you live in.

Dorset Council area community response information

BCP Council area community response information

Keeping up to date

If you want to know the latest information about the local response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) see our news page.