Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health for Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, said: “We’ve continued to see a rapid rise in Covid-19 rates recently, with infection rates at very high levels across the county and the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital beds at its highest point so far this year.
“As we move to a Living with Covid approach it is important to remember and recognise that without vaccination protection, we would be in a much more serious situation. The roll out of the Spring Booster campaign to over 75s and clinically vulnerable people will continue to help with reducing the impact of Covid-19, and numbers needing hospital treatment for serious disease. But please also remember the part that basic public health measures play in reducing infections too.
“Dorset’s health and care services are extremely busy and the current high infection rates are impacting staffing levels. We can all help to reduce this pressure and keep these services running by taking some simple precautions. If you have symptoms of any infectious illness you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
“Consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially around people you do not usually meet. Get plenty of fresh air and wash your hands regularly. Taking these precautions wherever we can, will help to keep life moving as we head into the spring.”