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COVID-19 blog, 1 October: eighty-one new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,686 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with eighty-one new positive test results being added.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where thirty-seven further individuals were found to have been infected. Twenty-seven new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, seven from Võru County, and two each from Viljandi County and Põlva County. One new coronavirus case each was also added from Tartu County and Pärnu County. On four occasions, the places of residence of those individuals who tested positive were not specified in the population register. As a rule, such individuals tend to be foreign nationals.

The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 50.64.

Four of the thirty-seven new cases from Harju County (of whom thirty-four were from Tallinn) were infected within the family circle and a further three were infected in the workplace. On one occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring almost 2,600 people, of whom 359 have fallen ill. There are seven different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations, of which the largest are the East Tallinn Central Hospital outbreak (involving forty-one individuals, of whom twenty-six are hospital employees) and the Läänemere Gymnasium outbreak, which involves twenty-six pupils and ten teachers. Twenty cases are connected to the first outbreak in a workplace, the Haapsalu Nostalgia Days outbreak involves eight cases, the Rescue Board outbreak also involves eight cases, while another workplace outbreak involves six cases, and a further six individuals are connected to an outbreak within a family.

Nine of the new cases from Ida-Viru County caught the virus within the family circle, while six individuals were infected by their acquaintances. Four cases involve catching the virus at school, one case was brought in from Moldova, and one further case was infected in the workplace. The circumstances surrounding the remaining five cases are being investigated.

There are eight active outbreaks in total within the regional department’s area of operations. Seven cases are connected to the Kohtla-Järve workplace outbreak, fourteen cases to the first Sillamäe workplace outbreak, and nine cases to the second Sillamäe workplace outbreak. The outbreak within a circle of acquaintances involves thirty cases, the Tammiku Basic School outbreak eleven cases, and the Kohtla-Järve Central Elementary School outbreak six cases. There are also currently seven cases that are connected to one other outbreak within a circle of family members and acquaintances, and a further five cases are connected to a Kohtla-Järve birthday party outbreak.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring almost 1,000 people, of whom 204 have fallen ill.

The two new cases from Viljandi County were infected within the family circle. The new case from Tartu County was connected to catching the virus in the individual’s workplace. One of the new cases from Võru County was infected at work, the other within the family circle.

The Health Board’s southern regional department is monitoring over 440 people in connection with coronavirus, of whom fifty-six have fallen ill.  

The new case from Pärnu County was infected in the workplace. The western regional department is monitoring 250 cases, of whom twenty-six have fallen ill.

An 84 year-old woman who had been infected with coronavirus died at the West Tallinn Central Hospital

As of the morning of 1 October, a total of thirty-six people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with two patients on a ventilator. Two new patients were discharged from hospital and one patient was transferred from the Ida-Viru Central Hospital to another hospital.

An 84 year-old woman who had been infected with coronavirus died at the West Tallinn Central Hospital. Coronavirus has now claimed the lives sixty-five people in Estonia.

As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 467 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 454 people.

As of 1 October, a total of 2,643 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,028 people have been closed (76.7% of the total) and, in the case of 615 people (23.3%), more than 28 days have passed since they tested positive and the individuals concerned are not being treated in hospital, meaning that they are awaiting confirmation of their recovery.

Eighteen testing sites in Estonia are collecting nasopharyngeal samples based on referrals. Three of these testing sites are located at the port and in the airport and are designed to test people who arrive in Estonia from abroad.

Over 216,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 3,450 or 1.6% of the total have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.koroonakaart.ee/en.

The following weeks will be critical for getting the virus under control. Wearing a mask in Estonia is not compulsory, but doing so is a very good additional measure in connection with maintaining the required distance from others, along with proper hand hygiene, and proper respiratory hygiene. Anyone who has developed any symptoms must wear a mask in public places or if direct contact is unavoidable. All close contacts of an individual who has been diagnosed with coronavirus should wear a mask even if they do not yet have any symptoms. It is also a good idea to wear a mask in enclosed, crowded spaces such as stores, shopping centres, or on public transport, for example. This is especially strongly recommended in those areas which witness new outbreaks of the disease. A mask should also be worn outdoors if you are in a crowded place and it is not possible to maintain the required distance from strangers. It is very important to place, wear, and remove the mask properly in order to avoid being infected. Always sanitise your hands after removing your mask.

The Health Board would like to caution everyone: the situation is becoming increasingly serious

It is important that we use all possible measures to help us prevent any further spread of the virus. COVID-19 is about to reach vital services and risk groups such as hospitals and care homes. Taking into consideration the increasing spread of the virus worldwide as well as in Europe, all trips abroad should be cancelled, and the school holidays should be spent in Estonia. It is up to all of us to make sure that we can avoid the imposition of stricter restrictions so that we can continue to lead our lives normally. 

As ‘close contact’ refers to a situation in which individuals remain within two metres of one another for a period of at least fifteen minutes, attending a gathering when you are ill is a certain way of infecting your friends. At gatherings people often spend several hours together in an enclosed space, speaking loudly at each other. The latter act certainly facilitates the spread of the particles that can transmit the virus.

Anyone who attends a public event and who has a smartphone should install the HOIA coronavirus app which more efficiently helps to identify potential close contacts.

How can the spread of coronavirus be stopped?

  • The most efficient measure which can be applied to avoid being infected is keeping one’s distance.
  • In crowded places and especially indoors where it is not possible to maintain the required distance from other people, it is advisable to wear a mask.
  • Closed, crowded spaces should be avoided if possible.
  • The rules governing hand hygiene must be observed: hands must be washed frequently.
  • Hands should be washed in soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand sanitation products should be used in public places.
  • When you sneeze or cough, please cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue. Immediately safely dispose of the used tissue and clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (or part of your forearm), not your bare hand, to cover your mouth and nose.
  • Anyone who becomes ill should stay at home, even if their symptoms are mild.
  • People who develop any symptoms should suspect that they have coronavirus and contact their family physician.

Download the HOIA mobile app from Google Play or App Store which will inform you if you have come into close contact with an individual who has coronavirus. The app also allows you to anonymously notify other users if you have fallen ill yourself. Codes are being exchanged anonymously between the phones of people who use the app, while the government, the app’s developer, and the manufacturer of your phone will not be notified of those with whom you have come into close contact. Further information is available here: www.hoia.me/en.

COVID-19 is a droplet infection which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreading from one person to another as a result of sneezing and coughing or via contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands.

According to information from the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre, as of today the HOIA app has been downloaded on 147,006 occasions, and seventy individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected.

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