In line with the national picture, COVID-19 case rates remain high across the county. Dorset Council’s case rate has stayed relatively stable over the past couple of weeks and it remains at a similar level to the England average. There are currently 41 people in hospital in Dorset with COVID-19. Case rates in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area have decreased, although they remain higher than the averages for England and the South West.
Public Health Dorset say that the vaccinations are having a significant impact on preventing serious illness and stopping many people from needing hospital treatment, as hospitalisations remain much lower than at similar points during previous waves. Anyone who hasn’t yet had their COVID-19 vaccine can still take up the offer, there are plenty of options available with appointments and walk-in clinics located across the county.
As of 15 August, 1,099,848 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination had been administered in Dorset.
Whilst cases remain high, it’s important to continue to consider the risks from COVID-19, even though restrictions have been eased. To protect yourself and others:
- Keep testing regularly
- Self-isolate and get a PCR test if you have any symptoms of COVID-19
- Meet others outdoors wherever possible, or keep indoor spaces well-ventilated
- Wear a face covering in crowded spaces
- Keep washing your hands regularly