COVID-19 infection rates have started to rise again

Check your lateral flow test instructions

When you get a new box of lateral flow test kits, always read the instructions to make sure you’re performing tests correctly. Test kits from different suppliers can have different instructions which may not be the same as tests you have used previously.

In particular, check whether you need to swab both the nose and throat, how to take the swab, and how long to wait for your test result.

You should continue to take regular rapid tests, particularly before socialising indoors and meeting people who may be at higher risk from COVID-19. Order your tests online or find your nearest collection point.

 

Covid-19 update from Public Health Dorset

The significant fall in case rates that we have seen over the past few weeks has now tailed off and infection rates have started to rise again since last week’s update. However, case rates for Dorset remain below the national and regional averages. Case rates are highest amongst children.

There are currently 61 people in Dorset hospitals with COVID-19 – much lower than this time last year. We know the vaccine helps to prevent serious illness and death caused by the virus, so we continue to encourage anyone who hasn’t yet had theirs to book an appoint or find a walk-in clinic.

 

Dorset Council launch a fight against Fly-tipping

Let’s remain cautious as Plan B measures ease

This weeks message from Public Health Dorset

Prime Minister’s announcement: Easing of Plan B measures

This week the Prime Minister announced the easing of ‘Plan B’ coronavirus measures. People will no longer be advised to work from home, face coverings will no longer be mandatory in indoor venues, and organisations will be able to choose whether to require NHS COVID Passes

Whilst the current trends in data are positive, cases remain high with lots of people in Dorset still catching COVID-19 every day. It’s important to remember that we’re still living with COVID-19 – the virus hasn’t gone away.

Health and care services are still extremely busy so we need to do all we can to protect essential frontline services, as well as our friends and loved ones. Keep testing regularly, wearing a face covering in crowded indoor spaces, getting plenty of fresh air and self-isolating if you have symptoms.

Self-isolating with COVID-19?

The rules on how long you need to self-isolate have changed recently. The default period remains 10 days, but you can stop self-isolating sooner if you have two negative lateral flow test on two consecutive days. Take a look at our guide below and check the full guidance if you’re not sure what to do.

Last weeks figures for Dorset

Infection rates in Dorset Council and BCP Council have fallen steeply from a peak in early January. We’ve also seen a reduction in the number of people in hospital in Dorset with COVID-19. These trends are positive, but we are still living with COVID-19Read more in our weekly data update.

BPFA  are looking for volunteers!

BPFA  are looking for volunteers!

 

We all know the phrase, IT TAKES A VILLAGE. And it’s true, it does. That’s where you come in!

To keep our park, its various apparatus, tennis court, basketball court, football pitch and surrounding green areas as beautiful as they are, we need you! So many of us enjoy what Broadmayne playing field offers us and we are lucky to have a space that our community can be proud of. Could you spare a few hours to help maintain it?

Broadmayne Playing Field Association is looking for volunteers to offer their time and support in order to share ideas about the evolution of the park, the events we could hold and most importantly, how we can keep it a place that we can all enjoy. You can be involved as little or as much as you like. From attending the quarterly meetings, to helping with safety checks and offering ideas as to how we can make the best use of the space that we have. It’s simple, really.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t do the monkey bars or if you are yet to slam-dunk on the court, we are calling for people who consider the park a place they can cherish.

Please do consider getting involved.

Kate

For more information please email Kate O’Rourke: kate505@msn.com

Broadmead Plans – Contacting Dorset Council

Planning applications – Land Adjacent to Broadmead

Thank you to the 22% of households who returned  the Parish Council’s questionnaire. You helped to inform our discussions.

We need to point out that we are not passing on any of your written submissions to the Dorset Council; who, as the Planning Authority, will determine the applications.

If you want to make comments on the applications for the planners to consider you need to do so either directly through DC’s website or by email.

If you use the comments button on the website you should receive an acknowledgement of your submission and your address should appear on the list of Consultees and your document on the list of documents. If this doesn’t happen you should send your comments by email to planningwest@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk . Failing that you can contact Jenny Williams – Technical Support Officer, Development Services. On 01305 838110.