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COVID-19 blog, 11 November: 144 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 4,851 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which 144 (3%) were positive. A total of 2,737 initial tests were analysed, of which 132 (4.8%) were positive.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where sixty-one further individuals were found to have been infected. Fifty-three new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and three new cases each from Tartu County, Hiiu County, and Pärnu County. Two new cases were added from Valga County, and a further one case each from Järva County, Põlva County, Rapla County, Pärnu County, and Viljandi County. On three occasions, the places of residence of those individuals who tested positive were not specified in the population register.

The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 144.5, and 4.1% of all tests have been found to be positive.

Fifty of the sixty-one new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn. Two of those new cases which were added from within the area of operations of the Health Board’s northern regional department were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. On one occasion, the virus was brought in from Ukraine. The origins of the infection have remained unknown on three occasions. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

Further information about those cases which were added on 10 November show that sixty-seven of them were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. On seven occasions, the virus was brought in from Denmark, Cyprus, Finland, Sweden, England, and Russia. On a further two occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining twenty-three cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 10,000 people, of whom 1,024 have fallen ill. There are twenty-four different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. There are four school outbreaks which include twenty-three individuals in total, one kindergarten outbreak which includes five cases, seven workplace outbreaks which involve a total of 116 individuals, three event outbreaks which include twenty-eight individuals, and a further six outbreaks which are connected to other contacts and which include forty-nine individuals in total.  In addition to those listed above, there are also the Rapla Care Centre outbreaks which include sixty-five individuals, a hospital outbreak which includes eighteen individuals, and the Tallinn Prison outbreak with fifteen individuals.

Twenty-seven of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected within the family circle, one further individual caught the infection at a kindergarten, two in the workplace, one at a sports training session, and three at school. The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases are still being investigated.

There are ten active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. The first school outbreak in Sillamäe involves thirty-eight individuals, a second Sillamäe school outbreak nine individuals, the Jõhvi care home outbreak twenty-one individuals, and a Narva kindergarten outbreak seven individuals. Ten cases are connected to the Narva-Jõesuu workplace outbreak, and 208 cases to the Viru Prison outbreak. A Kohtla-Järve school outbreak includes six cases, a Sillamäe workplace outbreak eight cases, and a Narva sports-related outbreak forty-three cases. A new Narva workplace outbreak involves seven individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 3,000 people, of whom 480 have fallen ill.

Two of the new cases from Tartu County were infected via work-related contacts, and one individual caught the infection at a hobby group meeting. The new cases from Valga County were infected via family-related contacts. Regarding the new cases from Viljandi County and Põlva County, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The southern regional department is monitoring over 1,000 people, of whom 172 have fallen ill (the number of those who have fallen ill also includes individuals who are being monitored by the Health Board’s northern regional department). As part of those efforts, the southern regional department is also monitoring one outbreak which occurred at a care home and involves thirty-four individuals.

The new cases from Hiiu County were infected via work-related contacts. One of the new cases from Pärnu County caught the infection via a family contact, one further case was brought in from Ukraine, and the circumstances surrounding a third case are still being investigated. The western regional department is monitoring almost 700 people, of whom 105 have fallen ill. The western regional department is also monitoring three active outbreaks in Hiiu County which include a family event outbreak that involves thirteen cases, an outbreak which is also connected to an event and involves eight cases, and a family outbreak which involves six cases.

Six patients are on a ventilator

As of the morning of 11 November, a total of sixty-three COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospital, with six patients on a ventilator. Seven new patients were discharged from hospital and one patient was transferred from the Ida-Viru Central Hospital to Tartu University Hospital. Eight new cases were opened in total. No new deaths were added within the past 24 hours. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of seventy-six people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 11 November, hospitals have closed a total of 596 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 581 people.

Also as of 11 November, a total of 4,378 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 3,199 people have been closed (73.1% of the total) and, in the case of 1,179 people (26.9%), more than twenty-eight 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.

Since developing the capability of testing for coronavirus in spring 2020, a total of 381,205 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, of which 285,935 have been initial tests. The number of positive test results amounts to 7,725 or 2.0% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

The situation is critical

The wide spread of coronavirus has caused a medical state of emergency in Estonia. The number of individuals who require hospital treatment is increasing rapidly. Yesterday, the government issued new measures which are designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Further information about those measures is available on the government website at: www.valitsus.ee/et/uudised/valitsus-avalikustas-uued-koroonaviiruse-vastased-meetmed.

Get tested as soon as possible! Please contact your family physician or call 1220 even if you only develop mild symptoms.

If you are a close contact of an individual who has been infected, please stay at home! Anyone who has spent at least fifteen minutes within the radius of two metres of an individual who has fallen ill must self-isolate. Close contacts can reduce the duration of their compulsory quarantine by getting tested for coronavirus at least ten days after the contact event. The requirement to self-isolate will be lifted when the individual has tested negative or when a physician has declared that the individual is not infectious.

A social responsibility-orientated campaign entitled ‘Let’s keep Estonia open!’ was launched this week, which calls for the people of Estonia to follow five basic principles: stay at home if you have fallen ill; stay at least two metres away from other people; wear a mask in crowded places; wash your hands diligently; and download the HOIA app onto your smartphone.

Download the HOIA app

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 180,660 occasions, and 322 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 178 of those cases are active.

The koroonatestimine.ee/en/ website provides information about testing based on a referral, testing when crossing the border, and also paid testing. Important information for physicians and employers can also be found on the website. Furthermore, anyone who has a doctor’s referral can use the website to book a test. Certificate details, customer service contact numbers, and the addresses of test sites can also be found on the website along with other useful information.

Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Board website and on its Facebook page.

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