People in Dorset are being urged to act now to reduce the likelihood of a future major spike in cases and the need for more local restrictions.
The warning has been made by Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils, following the recent increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Dorset.
Sam said: “We are classed as a medium risk area, having experienced a low number of cases over the last few months. However, we have seen a significant increase in case numbers and case rates in recent weeks, particularly in the Bournemouth area.
“Whilst these have so far been mostly contained within household bubbles, specific workplaces and education settings, if the current rate at which cases are rising continues, we are at risk of the virus spreading more widely amongst people, known as community transmission. To prevent this, people must follow the rules.
“If you are showing symptoms or have been identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19 you must self-isolate and not leave your house for any reason at all other than to be tested.
“While there is no immediate need for increased restrictions like we’re seeing in other areas, it is vital we all follow all the guidelines otherwise we will start to see stronger measures here.”
Cllr Nicola Greene, BCP Council portfolio holder for Covid resilience, schools and skills said: “People across the BCP area have done a great job so far and I’d like to thank all those who’ve taken their responsibilities seriously. Whilst no-one enjoys the restrictions in place, actions like wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces are a minor inconvenience compared to the likely impacts if we don’t all continue to do the right thing.”
She continued, “We have seen cases recently where people are not following the advice and unfortunately passing Covid-19 on to other people. I urge everyone to do your bit to help keep your family, friends and local communities safe. Follow the rules so we can avoid having to take further action and can instead continue to enjoy the relative freedoms of doing normal things safely.”