Published: 26 November 2021
This week's overview
Infection rates across the county have risen again since last week. Rates in both Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council are higher than the average for the South West region, and are significantly higher than England's average case rate. COVID-related hospital admissions have also continued to rise, there are now 95 people in Dorset hospitals with COVID-19 compared to 75 in last week's update. We continue to see a number of COVID-related deaths each week. We know that as we head into the winter months we face a challenging period, so anything we can do now to reduce transmission of COVID-19 can make a big difference.
Infection rates remain highest amongst school-aged children, which is why we’ve recommended additional measures for schools to consider and implement since half term, including enhanced testing, reduced mixing and wearing face coverings. But rates are high amongst all ages and with the amount of cases we are seeing locally, it’s important to recognise that there is an increased risk from COVID-19 at the moment.
You’re much more likely to come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, so the new advice on lateral flow tests is to take one before periods of higher risk. That might be going to an event or gathering or visiting someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19, but as we all start to socialise more during the festive period, it’s also sensible to take a test before meeting family and friends. Wearing a mask indoors or in crowded spaces and ensuring you have plenty of fresh air – either by meeting outdoors or keeping doors and windows open when indoors – remain key to preventing the spread of the virus. We continue to encourage anyone eligible to take up the offer of the COVID-19 vaccine, including the booster, as this is the best way to protect yourself from serious illness caused by the virus.
The visualisation below shows the seven-day case rate, 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 Public Health England data page.
N.B. the dip in the number of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in the period 25th-27th September is due to missing data for one of the hospital trusts
Summary of the most recent data:
- 7 day case rates per 100,000
- BCP: 593.0 (compared to 575.1 in last update on 19 November)
- Dorset: 587.4 (compared to 525.0 in last update on 19 November)
- Confirmed cases in last 7 days
- BCP: 2,354 (compared to 2,283 in last update on 19 November)
- Dorset: 2,231 (compared to 1,994 in last update on 19 November)
- Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 95 (compared to 75 in last update on 19 November)
You can find more information about the vaccination programme in Dorset on NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group's website.
Further data about vaccination rates is available on the government website.
Data for specific local areas
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 Public Health England for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset. This is usually updated on a weekly basis.
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 cases. Schools communicate directly with parents and carers regarding any actions that need to be taken. We encourage families to continue to take part in regular rapid testing.
Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth publish weekly figures on their website. We continue to work closely with the universities to ensure all measures are in place to support students, staff and the wider community.