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Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 7 May 2021

This week's overview

Local 7-day case rates across the Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas remain stable again this week, with around 10-20 cases per 100,000 of the population in both council areas. Our data shows that the number of people in Dorset hospitals with COVID-19 has remained in single figures over the past few weeks, and COVID-related deaths in both council areas are at 0. Thank you to everyone who has played their part in keeping case rates low. 

The lockdown has helped to bring our cases, hospitalisations and deaths down in Dorset, but we do need to keep following the rules and guidelines and keep following the hands, face, space measures to keep yourself and others safe, and to prevent a further surge locally. For now, you can only meet up to groups of 6 or 2 households outdoors.

We are continuing to encourage all adults in Dorset to take part in twice weekly rapid lateral flow testing, which you can order online, collect at a pharmacy or a local test site. Find out more about this on our website, and watch our video of Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health, explaining the benefits of regular rapid testing.

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.

Note: Due to technical problems, NHS Digital were unable to undertake the usual validation checks on the hospitalisation data submitted on 23 February. Please bear this in mind when interpreting hospital bed figures for that day.


Summary of the most recent data:

  • 7 day case rates per 100,000
    • BCP: 16.4 (compared to 14.2 in last update on 30 April)
    • Dorset: 9.0 (compared to 12.2 in last update on 30 April)
  • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
    • BCP: 65 (compared to 56 in last update on 30 April)
    • Dorset: 34 (compared to 46 in last update on 30 April)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 9 (compared to 6 in last update on 30 April)




NHS England publish weekly data on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations given by local area. Up to 2 May, 689,469 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.

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

Where care homes have identified outbreaks, we are working closely with them 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 are now able to have two 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.


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 and are currently reporting very low numbers of confirmed cases.

Many university courses are currently being taught remotely and we continue to work closely with the universities to ensure all measures are in place to support students, staff and the wider community.