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

Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 15 October 2021

This week's overview


We have continued to see an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 this week, in line with the national picture. BCP Council's case rate remains lower than the South West and England averages, whilst Dorset Council's rate is above the regional average but below the national average. Cases remain highest amongst younger people, particularly the 11-16 age group. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital is currently 39, we do see some day-to-day fluctuation due to admissions and discharges but the number has remained at around 35-40. We'll continue to monitor the impact of case rates on hospital admissions. (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). Sadly, we are continuing to see a small number of deaths each week due to COVID-19. The number of deaths remains relatively stable week on week, and at much lower levels to previous waves. 

We are still living with COVID-19 as we head into the winter months, so it's important to protect yourself and others. If you've not been vaccinated yet, it's not too late - you can attend a walk-in clinic or book your appointments online. We also encourage anyone who is eligible for a COVID booster jab or flu vaccine to take up the offer. 

Testing for COVID-19 remains key, and you can still get free lateral flow tests to check you're not infectious. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test.


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.


Summary of the most recent data:

  • 7 day case rates per 100,000
    • BCP: 267.3 (compared to 223.7 in last update on 8 October)
    • Dorset: 348.3 (compared to 335.4 in last update on 8 October)
  • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
    • BCP: 1,061 (compared to 888 in last update on 8 October)
    • Dorset: 1,323 (compared to 1,274 in last update on 8 October)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 39 (compared to 38 in last update on 8 October)


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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