Latest figures for Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Councils show continued increases in the number of COVID cases throughout the regions as also seen throughout the rest of the UK. Regionally, the Dorset Councils figures are not rising as fast as others within the South West, sitting lower than the average figures across the region however, the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils figures are higher than the South West average but still lower than England's average.
Dorset Council reported 365 cases (96.4 per 100,000 people) for the week ending 9th July up 103 cases (27.2 per 100,000) from the previous weeks reported weekly figures. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council reported 936 cases (236.8 per 100,000) for the same period which was up 352 cases (89.1 per 100,000).
Hospitalisation of people with COVID has risen with currently 14 people receiving inpatient treatment but the increase in the number of individuals receiving hospital treatment is at lower levels compared to previous similar case rates in past waves.
The Government have announced that they intend to move to Step 4 of the rollout on the 19th July. Information from the Government page states the following
'While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why we are keeping in place key protections at step 4 from 19 July:
testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer
Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
being outside or letting fresh air in
minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS Covid Pass in high risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date.'
FREE PPE is still available from Dorset Council, even if you have had this before. To access the request page click here
We still have FREE masks for all unpaid carers, to request one please either complete our online request form on our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org giving details of your name, address, contact number and how many masks needed