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Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

With local agencies now playing a lead role in identifying and responding to local coronavirus outbreaks, we are now publishing weekly updates on this page to keep residents, businesses and partner agencies informed of the latest COVID-19 situation in the county.

The updates will include the number of cases in both the Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas over the latest 7-day period, the latest local case rates in comparison to regional and national rates, the position on key settings like care homes and schools, as well as any other key information and reminders about social distancing measures.

Updated: 24 September 2020

Overall picture in Dorset

In line with the national trend, our data shows that cases have been rising in both the Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas. On top of an overall gradual increase BCP has seen a shorter more rapid increase, which latest case numbers suggest is showing signs of dropping back down. We continue to monitor all our data to confirm if this is a temporary change.

We are reinforcing our public information messaging, reminding residents to continue to follow public health measures in order to prevent further transmission. Alongside our partners, we have launched our 'Do It For' campaign, encouraging residents to keep sticking to the public health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


The table below shows the number of confirmed new positive cases of COVID-19 in the BCP Council and Dorset Council areas in the latest 7-day period.

The number of coronavirus cases in the Dorset and BCP Council areas
 Time periodCases in BCP Council area Cases in Dorset Council area 
16 - 22 Sep 20 48 18
9 - 15 Sep 20 38 17
2 - 9 Sep 20 57 37
26 Aug - 1 Sep 20 28 9
19 - 25 Aug 20 9 12
12 - 18 Aug 20 17 6
5 - 11 Aug 20 10 11
28 Jul - 3 Aug 20  2 6

Case rates

The table below shows the case rates per 100,000 of the population for the BCP Council and Dorset Council areas, the South West region and England in the latest 7-day period. This period is earlier than the above time period so we can make a comparison to the national figure.

Case rates for BCP Council, Dorset Council, South West and England
 Time periodBCP Council Dorset Council  South WestEngland 
12 - 18 Sep 20  15.7 5.6 20.4 38.1
5 - 11 Sep 20 21.0 8.2 10.4 34.1
29 Aug - 4 Sep 20 12.9 8.0 10.4 21.9
22 - 28 Aug 20 5.3 2.7 6.5 12.8
15 - 21 Aug 20 4.3 3.2 6.7 11.3
8 - 14 Aug 20 4.0 3.2 4.9 12.2
5 - 11 Aug 20 2.5 2.9 5 7.8
24 - 30 Jul 20 1.8 1.3 4.5 9

Care homes

There continue to be a number of care homes with positive cases identified through routine whole care home testing. These are monitored closely working with partners in adult social care, NHS Dorset CCG and the care homes themselves to ensure all necessary measures are being taken.

local care home visiting policy is in place. This was reviewed alongside our local picture at our Health Protection Board earlier this week. Care homes were asked to review their own visiting policies, ensuring they continue to follow best practice guidance, but the Board felt that on balance visits to care homes could continue. This will be reviewed at the Board each week.

Day services may remain open in line with national guidance and risk assessment, with further review each week. 


We are aware of a number of cases associated with schools in Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and we have been working closely with the affected schools and Public Health England South West to ensure any necessary measures are taken. Affected schools have communicated directly with parents and carers regarding any changes to school provision. Any close contacts of cases have been contacted and advised to self-isolate. Members of the school community do not need to self-isolate and should not get tested unless specifically directed to do so. 

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.


Over the summer, we have been working closely with Bournemouth University, Arts University Bournemouth, AECC University College and Public Health England South West to ensure measures are in place to reduce the risk of transmission as students return to university. We will continue to work together to prevent, identify and respond to any outbreaks associated with university settings. We are assured that the universities have implemented necessary measures to minimise the risk of coronavirus to students and the wider public. You can find out more about the measures each university has in place: