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Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 26 February 2021

This week's overview

Case rates across the county have continued to fall during the lockdown. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council's case rate (114.1 per 100,000) is now just below the England average of 118.3. However both BCP and Dorset Council (77.7) case rates remain above the average for the South West (70.2). This means we all need to keep working together to bring these rates down further. In line with the reduction in case rates, COVID-related hospitalisations and deaths across the county have also decreased. 

Over a quarter of a million people in Dorset have now received a COVID-19 vaccine. This is great news and we'd like to thank everyone involved in the rollout of the vaccination programme. However, we must remain vigilant and continue to follow the rules - even if you've had the vaccine - to avoid an increase in cases.

This week the Government announced the roadmap for lifting lockdown. This is a four-step plan for the easing of restrictions. It's important to remember that the dates set out are the earliest possible dates for restrictions to be lifted. The Government will use four tests to assess whether each step of the plan can go ahead:

  1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
  2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  4. The assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of concern.

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: 114.1 (compared to 159.1 in last update on 19 February)
    • Dorset: 77.7 (compared to 92.2 in last update on 19 February)
  • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
    • BCP: 451 (compared to 629 in last update on 19 February)
    • Dorset: 294 (compared to 349 in last update on 19 February)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 147 (compared to 194 in last update on 19 February)




NHS England publish weekly data on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations given by local area. Up to 21 February, 275,006 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. The NHS will be in touch with you when it's your turn.

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.

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.

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. 

Although cases are falling, our advice continues to be that visits to care homes should only take place within the guidance in exceptional circumstance to protect residents, staff and visitors. If you have a need to visit a relative in a care home, please speak to the home about their visiting policy.


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. All close contacts of confirmed cases are contacted and advised to self-isolate, so other members of the school community do not need to self-isolate and should not get tested unless specifically directed to do so.


Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth now publish weekly figures on their website. Most university courses are currently being taught remotely.