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Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

On this page, we'll provide regular updates about the latest COVID-19 situation in Dorset. 

Update: 30 July 2020

Our COVID Health Protection Board is in place and meeting weekly. Public messaging about the work of the board has started, providing assurance that partners are ready to react and respond quickly to contain any local outbreaks.

The board is working closely with businesses and organisations in various sectors such as care, tourism, hospitality and manufacturing to make sure preventative measures are in place to keep the public safe.

You can hear more about this work in our latest video from Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health

The latest picture in Dorset

The latest picture in Dorset
Overall pictureCurrently, Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Councils are experiencing low numbers of cases compared with many other areas in England. The current risk of a second peak is currently considered to be low.
Latest case numbersOver the 7 day period from 17 July - 23 July, the number of confirmed positive cases are:
  • BCP Council area: 9 (1.5 cases per 100,000 of the population)
  • Dorset Council area: 2 (0.8 cases per 100,000 of the population)
  • The case rate for the South West region for the same time period is 2.8 per 100,000 of the population.The case rate for England is 7.8 per 100,000 of the population.
    Care There are no current outbreaks, although there have been some notifications of individual cases affecting a small number of care homes. A local care home visiting policy is under development. The current assessment is that due to the low number of cases and transmission in the area, it is safe for care homes in Dorset to resume visits providing national guidance is adhered to. 
    SchoolsThe national estimate of R is below 1, and current advice is that it is safe for schools to return as long as the guidance is followed to maintain social distancing and hygiene.