Rates of Covid cases in Dorset remain at “low levels”

There are no Covid-19 patients in hospitals in Dorset, and case rates across the county remain at “low levels,” health officials said.

Local health authority Public Health Dorset said the rate was between 5 and 10 cases per 100,000 population.

A spokesperson said: “Local case rates remain at low levels, with a further slight decline in both Dorset Council and BCP Council areas this week”.

In Dorset, no patient is currently being treated for Covid, up from five previously.

The latest data from Public Health Dorset

The latest data showed the rate in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area for the seven days leading up to May 15 was 8.9 with 35 cases.

This figure is lower than the Southwest average of 9.2 cases per 100,000.

During the same period, the rate in the greater Dorset region was 5.3 with 20 cases recorded.

BCP and Dorset have rates below the UK average of 21.

In the May 16 summit race, 772,958 doses of the Covid vaccine were administered to residents of Dorset.

The spokesperson said: “We also encourage everyone to accept the offer of a vaccine when it is your turn. We’re seeing more and more evidence that the vaccine works, and it’s one of the best ways to protect yourself and others.

“Over three-quarters of a million doses have already been given in Dorset, so be sure to reserve yours when it’s your turn and don’t forget to attend your second appointment for maximum protection. ”

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