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1200 coronavirus test were analysed in 24 hours, 70 new positive cases added

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Between 27 and 28 March, a total of 1200 coronavirus tests were analysed in Estonia, and 70 tests (6%) came back positive.

According to the population register, over the 24 hour period, the highest number of coronavirus cases were found in Saare County (34), followed by Harju County (18), Lääne-Viru County (4), Pärnu County (4), and Hiiu County (3). Two new positive cases were found in Ida-Viru County, and one case each was found in the counties of Jõgeva, Järva, Viljandi, Võru and Valga.

In total, 9300 coronavirus tests have been performed in Estonia, of which 640 have shown positive results. Results of the analyses show that the highest numbers of infected persons were found in the above 60 (29%) and 40-49 (22%) age groups. The 50-59 age group makes up 20% of those found to be infected and the 30-39 age group 17%.

As of the 26 March, the Health Board started publishing the results based on data from the health information system TIS. Previously, the Health Board was not able to submit such queries to the health information system, however, using TIS became necessary because of the number of laboratories that now have testing capacity and because a private sector partner has been included in the work.

As of last evening, 48 patients require hospitalisation in Estonia due to the novel coronavirus, of whom 10 are in intensive care and in critical condition. 20 patients have recovered from the disease and one person has died.

Over 600 000 people have now fallen ill due to the coronavirus, which started spreading from China. The largest number of infected persons are in the United States (nearly 105 000), China (over 86 000), and Italy (over 81 000).

Coronavirus risk groups include persons with chronic illnesses and elderly people.
To protect the risk groups, the Health Board recommendations are as follows:

  • It is strictly forbidden to visit nursing homes, because it endangers the health of the residents.
  • Avoiding contact between people is of utmost importance, because otherwise it is not possible to contain the spread of the virus.
  • Additionally, in the coming weeks, moving residents from one nursing home to another should be avoided, as well as taking in new residents. Elderly persons in need of care should turn to their local government to receive home care services.
  • The Health Board, the Ministry of Social Affairs, and the National Social Insurance Board have developed guidelines on how to act if infection is suspected in case of a nursing home resident or employee. The guideline has been sent to all social welfare institutions. The Social Insurance Board is in constant contact with the nursing homes and ready to act on a case-by-case basis.
  • Over the past weeks, the Social Insurance Board in cooperation with the Health Board has actively been working on informing nursing homes and explaining how following hygiene requirements is of utmost importance in preventing infection. It is the responsibility of every service provider to guarantee that all recommendations and measures would be applied to the maximum extent.

Due to the emergency situation in Estonia, the prohibition to visit applies to all social welfare institutions, hospitals and prisons until the preliminary date of 1 May 2020, unless otherwise decided by the government.

To contain the further spread of the COVID-19 infection, yesterday the Health Board ordered the cessation of all regular, planned health care outside of the national network of hospitals. Private medical establishments and dental clinics will only provide emergency care. Regular treatments are stopped to contain the spread of the virus and in the interest of using personal protective equipment more economically. Regular treatments that have already been started will be reassessed by the doctor and patient, on a case-by-case basis. All regular treatments, whose cessation would endanger a patient’s health, will definitely have to be carried out to their completion.

Additional information is available on the Health Board’s dedicated website and on the Health Board Facebook page. Questions about the emergency situation are answered on the government website.

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31.05.2020

COVID-19 blog, 31 May: 4 new positive test results in 24 hours

Over the past 24 hours, 694 tests were analysed for the COVID-19 causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, of which 4 (0.6%) showed positive results.

Based on data from the population register, four new positive tests were found in Harju County (3 in Tallinn).

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31.05.2020

COVID-19 blog, 31 May: 4 new positive test results in 24 hours

Over the past 24 hours, 694 tests were analysed for the COVID-19 causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, of which 4 (0.6%) showed positive results.

Based on data from the population register, four new positive tests were found in Harju County (3 in Tallinn).