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

Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 4 July 2022


This week's overview

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the week ending 24 June, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus in the Dorset Council and BCP Council has increased. This follows the trend across England, where the data shows that around 1 in 30 people would have COVID-19. The percentage of people in England testing positive increased in all age groups. 

The number of people in hospital in Dorset with COVID-19 has risen slightly since the last update on 27 June. Small fluctuations in numbers day-to-day are expected as we see case numbers rising. 

This is a reminder that COVID hasn’t gone away, and we are very much living with it as a part of our everyday lives. We should continue to take simple steps to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, being particularly mindful of those who are more vulnerable to these viruses.

By wearing a face covering, washing your hands regularly and taking good respiratory hygiene measures, you can reduce the risk of catching and spreading illnesses. If you feel unwell, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people until you feel better. 

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: 3.8% (compared to 2.3% in the last update on 27 June)
    • Dorset: 3.8% (compared to 2.9% in the last update on 27 June)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 81 (compared to 79 in last update on 27 June.) 


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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