Low COVID-19 infection rate in Dorset, says health boss

Low COVID-19 infection rate in Dorset, says health boss

Published by George Sharpe at 4:27pm 2nd July 2020.

Dorset currently has a low infection rate according to Public Health boss.

Around one new case is being recorded in Dorset every day, according to Public Health Dorset.

That includes Pillar 2 statistics, which are tests run by commercial providers like home testing kits and drive through centres. The number of positive cases recorded through Pillar 2 isn't currently available to the public in Dorset.

Sam Crowe, director of Public Health Dorset said:

"Currently we're luckily experiencing very low numbers of cases

"We're averaging about one new positive case a day in each of the councils which is great news, and it certainly feels like we're over the worst of the pandemic now."

That's no reason to be careless, he says. We still need to observe social distancing measures, stay home when we can.

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Pubs, restaurants and cinemas are able to reopen from Saturday.

Sam added it's even more important to stick to the rules ahead of the easing of some lockdown measures this weekend:

"Obviously, we're now in the phase where we're starting to open up. We're starting to see more business and workplaces open up which is great news.

"I know that it's been very frustrating for people, particularly those of you who have been cooped up without access to good outdoor space. But as we open up it's still really important that we remember we're still living with the virus.

"And one of the things public health team is doing with both councils is developing outbreak management plans that set out how we respond to the first signs of any increase in local cases. So we're being very, very vigilant looking for the early signs of any increase in cases."