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Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 17 September 2021

This week's overview

We have seen a decrease in COVID-19 cases in both the Dorset Council area and BCP Council area over the last week. Both Dorset Council and BCP Council case rates are below the average for the South West and England. Hospitalisations related to COVID-19 have also decreased to 30 over the last week, down from 40 in the previous week. The levels we are seeing of hospitalisations related to COVID-19 are much lower than during previous waves. The vaccine is continuing to have an impact on protecting people from serious illness and death. 

We continue to urge anyone who hasn't yet had their first or second dose of the COVID vaccine to book an appointment or attend a walk-in clinic. It's also important to keep testing regularly with rapid lateral flow tests to check that you're not infectious and putting other people at risk - we know that it's still possible to catch or spread COVID-19 even after you've been vaccinated. Order your free tests online or collect from a local pharmacy. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should 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: 246.4 (compared to 298.7 in last update on 10 September)
    • Dorset: 254.1 (compared to 321.0 in last update on 10 September)
  • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
    • BCP: 978 (compared to 1,186 in last update on 10 September)
    • Dorset: 965 (compared to 1,219 in last update on 10 September)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 30 (compared to 40 in last update on 10 September)




As of 16 September 1,148,356  doses of the COVID-19 vaccination had been administered in Dorset.

You can find more information about the vaccination programme in Dorset on NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group's 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, ensure all necessary measures are implemented and identify and advise any close contacts. Schools with confirmed positive cases communicate directly with parents and carers regarding any actions that need to be taken. We have published information for parents and carers ahead of the return to school for the autumn term. We're encouraging families to continue to take part in regular rapid testing. All secondary school pupils should receive two on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term.


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.