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COVID-19 blog, 15 September: twenty-five new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours 

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,259 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with twenty-five 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 twelve further individuals were found to have been infected. Six new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, four from Tartu County, and one each from Lääne-Viru County and Saare County. On one occasion, the place of residence of the individual who tested positive was not specified in the population register. 

Two of the twelve new cases from Harju County (eleven of which were from Tallinn) which were added in the past 24 hours was brought in from Tunisia and France. In four cases, the individuals who tested positive were close contacts of previous cases and in one further case the individual was infected in a kindergarten. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. 

One of the new cases which were added in the period between 13-14 September was brought in from abroad (from Poland), and in two cases the individuals who tested positive were close contacts of persons who had already fallen ill. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring six active outbreaks, of which the Nõmme Kalju outbreak involves seventeen infection cases, while the ‘Viimsepäeva katedraal’ club event which took place on 21 August involves ten cases, the Gourmet Coffee outbreak twenty-three cases, and the music event outbreak seven cases. A further eight cases are connected to an outbreak that involved catching the virus in the workplace. The Tallinn Männi kindergarten outbreak also involves eight cases in total. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring 1,124 people in connection with the spread of coronavirus, of whom 189 have fallen ill. 

Three of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County and Lääne-Viru County involved catching the virus within a circle of acquaintances. The circumstances surrounding the remaining case are still being investigated. There are seven active outbreaks in total within the regional department’s area of operations, of which the largest is what is being termed the Estonia Mine outbreak with fifty-seven cases. There are sixteen cases that are connected to the coronavirus outbreak which originated in the United Kingdom, nine that can be linked to the Ojamaa Mine outbreak, and five to the Viru Prison outbreak. As of this morning, the Kohtla-Järve workplace outbreak involves nine cases. The Sillamäe workplace outbreak involves eleven cases. The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring a total of 329 people, of whom seventy-one have fallen ill. 

The four new cases which were added from Tartu County all attended a funeral on 1 September. The funeral was attended by a large number of people and a number of cases have already been connected with the gathering. As of this morning, there are four outbreaks in total in the southern region, including outbreak at a birthday party in Võru (involving twenty-one individuals), the Italian trip outbreak (involving nine individuals), the student outbreak (involving five individuals), and the Orava outbreak (involving six individuals). The Health Board’s southern regional department is monitoring 390 people in connection with coronavirus, of whom forty-one have fallen ill. 

Based on data in the population register, the one new case from Saare County is connected to an individual whose actual place of residence is in Võru County, so the case will be handed over to the southern regional department. The western regional department is monitoring thirty-seven individuals, of whom eight have fallen ill. 

The Health Board would like to caution people of the fact that, 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. 

Nineteen people are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus 

As of the morning of 15 September, nineteen people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with one patient on a ventilator. Two new patients were discharged from hospital and one patient was transferred from the North Estonia Medical Centre to another hospital. Six new COVID-19 cases were opened. 

As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 422 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 409 people. 

As of 15 September, a total of 2,286 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 1,748 people have been closed (76.5% of the total) and, in the case of 538 people (23.5%), 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. 

The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 24.61. 

More than 175,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 2,722 or 1.55% 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.

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 121,102 occasions, and forty-one 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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