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Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 23 July 2021

This week's overview

We have seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases across the county over the past week, particularly in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area where the case rate has more than doubled in a week to 534.5 per 100,000. Dorset Council's case rate has risen from 153.4 to 265.8 in a week. The average rate for the South West is 513.5 and for England it is 529.1. Case rates are highest amongst younger people, but we are seeing cases increase across all age groups. The number of people in hospitals in Dorset with COVID-19 has increased from 17 to 27 over the past week, and we have started to see a small number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the county.

The rise in cases locally and nationally is a reminder that we are still living with COVID-19, and despite restrictions being lifted we must keep doing all we can to prevent the spread of the virus. Make sure you get your second dose of the vaccine to get maximum protection, and keep doing regular rapid tests to check you aren't infectious. There were no changes to the requirement to self-isolate from 19 July, so please continue to self-isolate if you have symptoms, test positive or are identified as a close contact. 

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: 534.5 (compared to 247.6 in last update on 16 July)
    • Dorset: 265.8 (compared to 153.4 in last update on 16 July)
  • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
    • BCP: 2,113 (compared to 979 in last update on 16 July)
    • Dorset: 1,006 (compared to 581 in last update on 16 July)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 27 (compared to 17 in last update on 16 July)




NHS England publish weekly data on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations given by local area. Up to 18 July, 1,049,238 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

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.


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.