COVID-19 Latest figures and planning for Christmas

This week’s overview from Public Health Dorset published 11th December

We have continued to see a decline in case numbers and 7-day case rates for both Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset Council areas, although this appears to have levelled out in recent days. We have also started to see a reduction in the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital beds.

We need to continue following the key public health measures to prevent cases increasing again:

  • If you develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and book a test. Everyone in your household or support bubble must stay home whilst you await the result.
  • Only meet people outside of your household or support bubble outdoors in groups of up to six. You can’t meet them in any indoor setting, this includes private homes, cafes, restaurants and shops.
  • Keep your distance from other people, wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering where required to reduce the risk of infection.

As we approach the festive period, some people will be looking forward to forming a Christmas bubble. It is important to remember that COVID-19 will not be taking a break over Christmas. You don’t have to form a Christmas bubble, but if you are planning to do so you should consider the risks to everyone involved carefully. You should also start to reduce any unnecessary social contact with others now to minimise the risk of transmission.

Summary

Summary of the most recent data:

      • 7 day case rates per 100,000
        • BCP 63.0 (compared to 85.8 last week)
        • Dorset 39.6 (compared to 44.1 last week)
      • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
        • BCP: 249 (compared to 339 last week)
        • Dorset: 150 (compared to 167 last week)
      • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 88 (compared to 127 last week)

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