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

Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 03 December 2021

This week's overview

Infection rates remain at high levels across Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, however we have seen a slight decrease in Dorset Council infection rates over the past week. Our local case rates are higher than both the South West and England averages, and are amongst the highest in England. The number of people in hospital across Dorset with COVID-19 has continued to increase, although we can see the impact of the vaccine as in previous waves we have seen much higher numbers of people in hospital. We’ve also continued to see a number of deaths related to COVID-19 each week.

We know that many people will be concerned following the news on the new Omicron variant, which has been found in the UK, and the government has introduced some new measures in response to this as a precaution whilst more analysis is carried out. We’ve not yet identified any cases in Dorset but we’ll continue to work with regional and national colleagues to monitor the situation closely and it is expected that more cases will be found in the UK.

With high infection levels in our local area, we’re asking people to take all measures they can to protect themselves and others from COVID-19:

  • Take a lateral flow test before meeting others
  • Get plenty of fresh air and ventilation
  • Wear a face covering in indoor and crowded spaces
  • Wash your hands regularly and maintain distance between yourself and others
  • Self-isolate and arrange a PCR test if you have any symptoms
  • Get vaccinated, including your booster dose

Latest data

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 and on the 28th November 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: 609.1 (compared to 593.0 in last update on 26 November)
    • Dorset: 570.8 (compared to 587.4 in last update on 26 November)
  • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
    • BCP: 2,418 (compared to 2,354 in last update on 26 November)
    • Dorset: 2,168 (compared to 2,231 in last update on 26 November)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 103 (compared to 95 in last update on 26 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

Additional data

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.

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 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.

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