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

Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 21 January 2022

This week's overview

Infection rates in Dorset Council and BCP Council have fallen steeply from a peak in early January. This is a similar picture to the national trend and the case rates for both council areas are now below the average rates for England and the South West. Infection rates remain high and there are still thousands of people catching COVID-19 across Dorset each week. We've also seen a reduction in the number of people in hospital in Dorset with COVID-19 and the number of deaths related to the virus remains relatively stable.

These trends are positive, but we are still living with COVID-19. The government has announced the removal of Plan B coronavirus measures, but it's important to continue to exercise caution. Health and care services are still extremely busy so we need to do all we can to protect essential frontline services, as well as our friends and loved ones. Read more from Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health, in response to the Prime Minister's announcement.

Keep following these steps to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19:

  • Take lateral flow tests regularly, especially before meeting others
  • Wear a face covering in indoor crowded spaces
  • Get plenty of fresh air by meeting outdoors or opening doors and windows inside
  • Self-isolate and get a PCR test if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Get your COVID vaccinations - it's never too late to get yours

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 UK Health Security Agency data page.

N.B. the dip in the number of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients on 28 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: 768.0 (compared to 1,350.7 in last update on 14 January)
    • Dorset: 664.6 (compared to 1,159.1 in last update on 14 January)
  • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
    • BCP: 3,049 (compared to 5,362 in last update on 14 January)
    • Dorset: 2,524 (compared to 4,403 in last update on 14 January)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 68 (compared to 94 in last update on 14 January)    


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. 

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 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 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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