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COVID-19 blog, 13 November: 259 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

COVID-19 blogi, 13. november: ööpäevaga lisandus 259 positiivset testi

The last 24 hours have seen 4,280 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 259 (5.4%) 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 123 further individuals were found to have been infected. Eighty new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, fourteen from Pärnu County, ten from Tartu County, and six from Lääne-Viru County. A further four new cases were added from Viljandi County, and three from Põlva County. Two new cases were added from Valga County and Saare County, and a further case each from Võru County, Järva County, Hiiu County, and Rapla County. On eleven 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 178.7, and 4.3% of all tests have been found to be positive.

Ninety-one of the 123 new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn. Four 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. The circumstances surrounding a further 120 cases are still being investigated.

Further information about those cases which were added on 12 November show that eighty-seven of them were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill, and five cases were brought in from abroad. The origins of the infection have remained unknown on fifty-eight occasions. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 11,200 people, of whom 1,306 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, one kindergarten outbreak, seven workplace outbreaks, three event outbreaks, and a further six outbreaks, all of which are connected to other contacts. In addition to those listed above, there are also the Rapla Care Centre outbreak, a hospital outbreak, and the Tallinn Prison outbreak.

Fifteen of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected at school, and ten further cases were infected within their family circle. Four individuals caught the virus from their acquaintances, three at a hobby group gathering, two at a kindergarten, and a further two cases were brought in from Russia. One case was handed over to the Health Board’s northern regional department as it involves an individual who lives in Tallinn. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. One new case from Lääne-Viru County was infected within the family circle, and one further case was handed over to the northern regional department. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are also still being investigated.

Further information about those cases which were added on 11 November shows that thirty-one cases which were added from Ida-Viru County involved catching the virus in the workplace. Eight individuals were infected in connection with hobby group activities, and a further eight individuals within their family circle. Seven cases caught the virus at school, and one at a kindergarten. On one occasion two follow-up tests were negative, based on which that individual was declared healthy.

There are thirteen active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. There are four school outbreaks, including two in Sillamäe, one in Kohtla-Järve, and one in Jõhvi. There are two kindergarten outbreaks, involving one in Narva and another in Kohtla-Järve. The total number of workplace outbreaks amounts to five and those outbreaks include one each in Narva-Jõesuu, Sillamäe, Narva, Jõhvi, and Tapa. The Viru Prison outbreak includes a further 230 individuals, and a Narva ice-hockey outbreak includes fifty-five individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring almost 3,300 people, of whom 562 have fallen ill.

Further information about those cases which were added on 12 November show that five new cases were added from Tartu County which are connected to hobby group activities. The origins of the virus have remained unknown on four occasions. A further three cases were infected within their family circle. One case was brought in from Russia. One of the new cases from Valga County was infected within their family circle, while the origins of the infection have remained unknown in the other case. The new case from Viljandi County was infected at a hobby group gathering. On two further occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown.

Three new cases were added from Tartu County which involve individuals who were infected at school, and one case caught the virus in the workplace. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases from Tartu County are still being investigated. Two of the new cases from Viljandi County were infected within their family circle, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining two cases are still being investigated. The circumstances surrounding the two new cases from Valga County are also still being investigated. The new case from Võru County was infected abroad. One of the new cases was Põlva County caught the virus at school. On one further occasion, the origins of the virus have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining one case are still being investigated. The southern regional department is monitoring over 1,400 people, of whom 209 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 three active outbreaks. One of those outbreaks occurred at a care home and involves thirty-four individuals. A workplace outbreak involves seven cases, and an outbreak at an educational institution involves six cases.

Ten of the new cases from Pärnu County caught the infection at a care home, two further cases were infected in the workplace, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining two cases are still being investigated. The circumstances surrounding the new case from Hiiu County are also still being investigated. One of the new cases from Saare County was brought in from Finland, and one further case involves a migrant worker. On one occasion, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The western regional department is monitoring almost a thousand people, of whom 126 have fallen ill. The western regional department is also monitoring three active outbreaks in Hiiu County which include a family event outbreak that involves twelve cases, an outbreak which is also connected to an event and involves seven cases, and a family outbreak which involves six cases. In Pärnu County, a school outbreak which involves seven individuals is being monitored.

Four new death were added within the past 24 hours

As of the morning of 13 November, a total of seventy-two COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospital, with five patients on a ventilator. Six new patients were discharged from hospital, and one individual who had previously tested positive was declared negative. Fifteen new cases were opened in total. Four new deaths were added within the past 24 hours. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of eighty people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 13 November, hospitals have closed a total of 605 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 589 people.

Also as of 13 November, a total of 4,551 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 3,340 people have been closed (73.4% of the total) and, in the case of 1,211 people (26.6%), 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, over 390,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 7,148 or 1.8% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/koroonakaart.

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. 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:

https://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 185,130 occasions, and 374 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 207 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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