Coronavirus: 12 confirmed cases now in Dorset

Coronavirus: 12 confirmed cases now in Dorset

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:03am 19th March 2020. (Updated at 7:35am 20th March 2020)

The latest official figures show there are now 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Dorset.

5 are in the Dorset Council area.

There are 7 in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area.

You can track the latest figures here.

'Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms'

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

'How long to stay at home?'

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 7 days
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

You can get more help and advice from the NHS here.

You can keep up to date with all the latest local information on our website.

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