COVID-19 case rates have been on the decline across north Dorset over three weeks, but one area has case rates exceeding 900 per 100,000.

From the week ending January 30, Child Okeford and Iwerne Minster has the highest coronavirus case rates in the north Dorset and Blackmore Vale patch, with a rolling rate of 950.9.

According to the map based on data from Public Health England, 69 positive cases were recorded - an increase of 36 on the previous week.

Despite this, most of the patch has returned to a case rate of 100 - 199 per 100,000, meanwhile the Yetminster, Bradford Abbas and Longburton area recorded as having less than three Covid-19 cases.

Blandford Form Town, Shaftesbury, Mere and East Knoyle are in the 200 - 399 per 100,000 category.

Compared to our previous article on case rates, published on January 14, the rates have dropped across the north of the county.

This could be in response to lockdown restrictions, and England’s chief medical officer recently confirming that the UK is "past the peak".

Here is a breakdown of cases from the north Dorset area:

CHILD OKEFORD AND IWERNE MINSTER - 69 cases (+36 on previous week; rolling rate of 950.9)

BLANDFORD FORUM TOWN - 38 cases (-19 on previous week; rolling rate of 362.9)

MERE AND EAST KNOYLE - 19 cases (+3 on previous week; rolling rate of 282.1)

SHAFTESBURY - 23 cases (+8 on previous week; rolling rate of 257.4)

MILBORNE, WINTERBORNE AND OKEFORD FITZPAINE - 15 cases (-4 on previous week; rolling rate of 188.1)

TEMPLECOMBE, HENTSRIDGE AND MILBORNE PORT - 12 cases (+5 on previous week; rolling rate of 180.9)

GILLINGHAM - 13 cases (+3 on previous week; rolling rate of 170.2)

STURMINSTER NEWTON AND STALBRIDGE - 14 cases (+1 on previous week; rolling rate of 137.1)

GILLINGHAM OUTER, BOURTON AND MOTCOMBE - 11 cases (+1 on previous week; rolling rate of 120.0)

TISBURY, DONHEAD AND TOLLARD ROYAL - 7 cases (-5 on previous week; rolling rate of 110.9)

SHERBORNE - 10 cases (-8 on previous week; rolling rate of 101.1)

BLANDFORD OUTER AND TARRANTS - 7 cases (-13 on previous week; rolling rate of 77.3)


Updated daily, the map and figures are based on Public Health England data, available on the government coronavirus dashboard's interactive map.

READ: Map shows decline of Covid-19 cases across Wiltshire

This map breaks down infections in England into Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs) - small areas with an average population of 7,200.

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