COVID-19 blog, 13 January: 855 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours
The last 24 hours have seen 6,793 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 855 (12.6%) of the initial tests were positive.
Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where 394 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 314 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.
A further 163 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, sixty-eight from Pärnu County, sixty-five from Tartu County, thirty-nine from Valga County, nineteen from Võru County, sixteen from Hiiu County, fifteen from Lääne-Viru County, thirteen from Järva County, and eleven from Lääne County. A further nine new cases each were added from Jõgeva County and Rapla County, eight from Viljandi County, seven from Põlva County, and six from Saare County. On thirteen 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 582.23, and 12.2% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.
The Health Board is monitoring over 21,900 individuals
The northern regional department is monitoring over 13,300 people, of whom 4,042 have been infected.
The eastern regional department is monitoring over 4,100 people, of whom 1,365 have been infected.
There are over 1,700 people who are being monitored by the western regional department, of whom 584 have been infected.
There are over 2,600 people who are being monitored by the southern regional department, of whom 928 have been infected (the number of people who are being monitored also includes individuals from the northern, eastern, and western regions).
Fifty-six new COVID-19 cases were opened within the past 24 hours, and a total of 404 patients are being treated in hospital
As of the morning of 13 January, hospital treatment is being supplied to 404 patients who have COVID-19. Forty-four of those patients require intensive care, with twenty-nine patients on a ventilator.
Fifty-six new COVID-19 cases were opened in total. Twenty-four patients were discharged from hospital, twenty individuals were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit, and a further seven patients were transferred to another hospital.
Nine new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 94 year-old man, an 89 year-old woman, an 88 year-old woman, an 84 year-old man, an 83 year-old woman, an 82 year-old woman, a 76 year-old man, a 70 year-old woman, and a 65 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 301 people in Estonia in total.
As of today, 13 January, hospitals have closed a total of 1,887 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 1,852 people.
Also as of 13 January, a total of 24,360 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 18,149 people have been closed (74.5% of the total) and, in the case of 6,211 people (25.5%), 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 690,967 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 34,991 individuals, or 5% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.
In total, 13,481 individuals in Estonia have been vaccinated against COVID-19
A total of 13,481 individuals have now been vaccinated against COVID-19. Statistical data about vaccinations is available in the Health Board’s coronavirus database. Patients can view their vaccination information in the ‘Patient Portal’ at digilugu.ee/en.
The aim of vaccinating against COVID-19 is to protect risk groups who are likelier to be infected or who are at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms in the event of being infected, as well as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the number of deaths that are caused by the disease, while also alleviating the load on the healthcare system and the economy, and to enable society to function normally.
The first recipients of the vaccination are healthcare professionals and employees of healthcare institutions, the employees and residents of care homes, and individuals who are over seventy years old and who suffer from certain health conditions which may increase the severity of COVID-19 symptoms that could be experienced in the event of their falling ill. As soon as Estonia receives a sufficient number of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination will also become available to other target groups, as well as to the general population.
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.
Based on information which is available to the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre (TEHIK), the HOIA app has been downloaded on 254,884 occasions, and 2,574 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 462 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.
The intensity of the spread of the virus in Estonia is very high
Let’s observe all of the restrictions and measures which have been established to protect our health in order to ensure both that our healthcare system can cope and to avoid endangering the health and lives of other people. Let’s avoid all unnecessary contact with others, follow social distancing rules, and please wear face masks!
Keep you contact with other people at a minimum level and stay home as much as possible, in order to reduce the risk of being infected as well as to avoid spreading the virus amongst your family members.
As of this year, sickness benefit is being paid from the second day of sick leave. Sickness benefit is also paid to the close contacts of COVID-19 cases for the days in which they are required to self-isolate. Compensation for the first day of sick leave is not provided to the employee. The employer will provide compensation for the second to fifth days of sick leave, and the Health Insurance Fund will cover sick leave from the sixth day onwards. Further information is available via the Health Insurance Fund website.
Please only use reliable sources to find information about coronavirus, COVID-19, and vaccines. Vaccination-related information is available at: www.vaktsineeri.ee/en. Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Board website and on its Facebook page.
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Monday morning saw a grand total of 176 COVID-19 patients who required hospitalisation. An overall figure of 160 new cases of COVID-19 were registered last week by hospitals.
Monday morning saw a grand total of 150 COVID-19 patients who required hospitalisation. Based on the results from wastewater monitoring, the spread of the virus is at the orange risk level to the extent of approximately 52% of the country.