Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset
Published: 18 June 2021
This week's overview
Throughout the past few months we have experienced low case rates across Dorset, but the situation has changed in the last couple of weeks and cases have risen quickly. This is also happening across the wider South West region and England but case rates in the BCP Council area have more than tripled since last week, and the Dorset Council case rate is almost triple last week's as well.
We currently still have a low number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Dorset. We will monitor this closely over the coming weeks, but we expect the link between cases and hospitalisations to be weakened due to the vaccination rollout. At the moment our case rates are highest amongst younger, largely unvaccinated age groups.
Data shows that the Delta variant is more transmissable than previous variants, and it is quickly becoming the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. In line with this, we have seen an increase in Delta variant cases locally over the last few weeks.
Due to the increase in cases and the higher transmissibility of the Delta variant, it's more important than ever to keep playing your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Get both doses of the vaccine to make sure you get maximum protection against serious illness. Keep doing regular rapid tests to check you're not infectious, and self-isolate if you get a positive result or develop any symptoms. Remember the guidance on hands, face, space and fresh air, to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
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: 57.7 (compared to 18.7 in last update on 11 June)
- Dorset: 28.0 (compared to 11.1 in last update on 11 June)
- Confirmed cases in last 7 days
- BCP: 228 (compared to 74 in last update on 11 June)
- Dorset: 106 (compared to 42 in last update on 11 June)
- Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 3 (compared to 1 in last update on 11 June)
NHS England publish weekly data on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations given by local area. Up to 13 June, 959,163 doses had been administered to people 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.
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.
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. Care home residents can have up to five regular indoor visitors. Visitors will be tested before entry and will be required to wear PPE. Families are advised to check details with the home before visiting.
See the latest updates about schools in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area and schools in the Dorset Council area that have confirmed cases of COVID-19 and any necessary action taken.
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 to self-isolate. Schools with confirmed positive cases communicate directly with parents and carers regarding any actions that need to be taken and any changes to school provision.
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.