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Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset

Published: 16 April 2021

This week's overview

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council case rate has fallen this week, whilst the case rate for the Dorset Council area has risen slightly. We expect to see small fluctuations week-on-week whilst we have relatively low transmission. The number of COVID-related hospitalisations and deaths also remains low.

With restrictions easing, it's great that we can all do more of the things we enjoy. Please remember that you should only meet outside where the risk of transmission is much lower, and you still need to keep your distance from anyone who isn't in your household or support bubble. If we all play our part now, we can help make sure that the government's roadmap for easing restrictions can continue as planned.

Regular testing is another key part of living safely with COVID-19. Rapid testing is now available to all adults in England who don't have any symptoms. It's really important that as many people as possible take part to help break chains of transmission. Even if you think you don't need it, you could have COVID-19 without knowing. Regular testing helps minimise the risk of you spreading the virus to others. You should take part even if you've been vaccinated, as there's a chance you could still catch and spread COVID-19.

Collect your test kits from a participating test site or pharmacy, or order online. Remember if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test.

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: 12.1 (compared to 21.5 in last update on 9 April)
    • Dorset: 15.3 (compared to 12.4 in last update on 9 April)
  • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
    • BCP: 48 (compared to 85 in last update on 9 April)
    • Dorset: 58 (compared to 47 in last update on 9 April)
  • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 7 (compared to 7 in last update on 9 April)




NHS England publish weekly data on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations given by local area. Up to 11 April, 556,127 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.