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COVID-19 blog, 15 October: thirty-three new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,018 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with thirty-three new positive test results being added.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Ida-Viru County, where fourteen further individuals were found to have been infected. Seven new positive coronavirus test results were added from Jõgeva County and four from Harju County. One new case each was also added from Hiiu County, Lääne-Viru County, Pärnu County, Tartu County, and Valga County. On three 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 39.88.

Four of the new cases from Ida-Viru County caught the virus from a family member, while one further individual was infected in the workplace, and five individuals were infected at school. On one occasion, the infection was brought in from Russia. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated, as are those regarding the new case from Lääne-Viru County. There are seven active outbreaks in total within the regional department’s area of operations. Eleven cases are connected to an outbreak at a school in Kohtla-Järve, and an outbreak within a circle of family members and acquaintances in Ida-Viru County involves eight cases. There are nine cases that are connected to an outbreak at a school in Jõhvi and eighteen cases to the care home outbreak in Jõhvi. The outbreak at a school in Sillamäe involves a further thirty-three individuals, and an outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves ten cases in total in Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe. The workplace outbreak from Narva involves seven cases.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring 926 people, of whom 182 have fallen ill.

The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Harju County are still being investigated. There are three different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. Thirty-nine cases are connected to the first outbreak in a workplace, while the second workplace outbreak involves eight cases, and the third workplace outbreak involves seven cases. The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring 1,449 people, of whom 241 have fallen ill.

Six of the new cases from Jõgeva County were infected in the workplace, while one further case is a close contact of an individual who had already fallen ill. The circumstances surrounding the new case from Valga County are still being investigated. The new case from Tartu County was brought in from Lithuania. The southern regional department is monitoring 454 people, of whom forty-one have fallen ill. As part of those efforts, the southern regional department is also monitoring two outbreaks. An outbreak in a workplace in Võru involves twenty-four individuals and another workplace outbreak in Jõgeva County involves eight individuals.

The new case which, based on data in the population register, is from Hiiu County involves an individual who actually lives in Tartu County and the case has therefore been handed over to the southern regional department. The new case from Pärnu County was brought in from Germany. The western regional department is monitoring 63 people, of whom twenty-one have fallen ill. The regional department is also monitoring an outbreak within a family circle in Saare County which involves six individuals.

Thirty-five people are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 15 October, a total of thirty-five COVID-19 patients in Estonia are being treated in hospital, with one patient on a ventilator. Four new patients were discharged on 14 October 2020 and one individual who was not included in yesterday’s report was transferred to a non-COVID-19 department at the Tartu University Hospital on 13 October 2020. No new deaths have been added in the past 24 hours. Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of sixty-eight people in Estonia.

As of today, 15 October, hospitals have closed a total of 505 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 491 people.

Also as of 15 October, a total of 3,093 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,341 people have been closed (75.7% of the total) and, in the case of 752 people (24.3%), 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.

Over 238,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 3,980 or 1.66% 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 people of Estonia have done well - the restrictions have so far proven successful

We have done well, but let’s not become careless. The restrictions which have been established have been successful so far and the spread of the virus has remained stable. The next few weeks will show whether the number of new cases will remain the same, or whether it will start to increase again or deliver an encouraging drop. By making an effort together, we can stop the spread of the virus and continue living our normal lives.

Spend the school holidays in Estonia. Postpone any trips abroad due to the intensive spread of coronavirus in other countries. The number of coronavirus cases keeps increasing in other European countries. Please keep in mind that there may be different restrictions applicable in your destination and that medical aid may not always be easily accessible in other countries.

If you must travel, please keep in mind the requirement to self-isolate for two weeks. As an alternative for the two-week self-isolation period, you may also choose to get tested twice. If the results of both of those tests are negative, you may carry on with your normal life.

If your employer decides that you need to carry out some of your work duties which cannot be postponed, you may carry out those duties if the result of your initial test is negative. Children may return to school after testing negative twice.

Favour teleworking. The spread of the virus in workplaces is extremely worrying. If you are ill, you should not go to work under any circumstances. Recuperating at home and staying away from work when you are ill serves the interests of the employee as well as those of the employer. Employers must ensure the safety of the entire collective. We advise employers to enable teleworking as much as possible. Other measures which prevent the spread of the virus should also implemented. In crowded places, people should avoid gathering close together and it is advisable to wear a mask. This will help to avoid the spread of the virus in changing rooms and other non-work-orientated rooms at work, in meetings, in shared work transportation, as well as in the kitchen nooks and during lunch breaks.

Wear a mask! Wearing a mask is a very good additional measure in connection with maintaining the required distance from others, along with proper hand hygiene and proper respiratory hygiene. Downloading the HOIA app is also essential if you can possibly do so. Cover both your nose and your mouth with your mask.

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 157,115 occasions, and ninety-six individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected.

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

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