Both Dorset areas over three Covid-19 cases


Only two areas in Dorset have reported more than three active coronavirus cases, according to the latest figures.

An interactive map, which uses data from Public Health England, shows how many people tested positive for the virus in each region of the county during the seven-day period through Sunday, May 16.

Public Health England divides the number of coronavirus cases into wards called ‘medium-sized super production areas’ (MSOA), which are smaller than municipal wards and based on population rather than geographic area.

The interactive map, which can be found through this link, allows users to type in their zip code and see how many cases have been reported in their area and whether it has increased or decreased from the previous week. The darker the color of the image, the more positive the test results.

Only two regions of Dorset have more than 3 cases of coronavirus according to the latest data. Image: Public Health England

The map highlights areas in the county that have three or more confirmed cases of the virus and the color coordinates the areas based on the number of cases.

In the seven days leading up to Sunday, May 9, Dorset reported 52 cases. The case rate compared to the UK average is lower than the national average.

The majority of areas in Dorset are now reporting less than three cases, meaning they appear as ‘deleted’ and color coded white on the map.

The following areas of Dorset have confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past week.

  • Creekmoor – Three cases (one by one)
  • Northbourne – Five cases (more than three)

The “R-rate” for the South West remains between 0.8 and 1.1, which is lower than the latest R-number range for the UK of 0.9 to 1.1.

The government says an R-value between 0.8 and 1.1 means that on average, every 10 people infected will infect between eight and 11 other people.

The current growth rate in the Southwest is set at -4 to 1. The size of the growth rate indicates the speed of change.

A growth rate of between -4% and 1% means that the number of new infections could increase by 1% per day.

Last week, the Southwest had an R rate of 0.8 to 1.1 with a growth rate of -4 to 1.


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