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COVID-19 blog, 16 January: 618 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 4,758 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 618 (13%) 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 328 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 280 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further eighty-one new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, fifty-five from Pärnu County, thirty-nine from Tartu County, twenty from Võru County, fifteen from Valga County, and fourteen each from Viljandi County, Lääne-Viru County, and Rapla County. A further seven new cases were added from Hiiu County, five each from Jõgeva County and Järva County, four each from Saare County and Põlva County, and three from Lääne County. On ten 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 594.89, and 11.9% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

Thirty-eight new COVID-19 cases were opened within the past 24 hours, and a total of 385 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 16 January, hospital treatment is being supplied to 385 patients who have COVID-19. Forty-four of those patients require intensive care, with twenty-seven patients on a ventilator.

Thirty-eight new COVID-19 cases were opened in total, including two cases which were registered retrospectively. Twenty-two patients were discharged from hospital, seven individuals were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit, and a further six patients were transferred to other hospitals.

Four new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving an 81 year-old man, a 79 year-old man, a 61 year-old man, and a 38 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 320 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 16 January, hospitals have closed a total of 1,989 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 1,951 people.

Also as of 16 January, a total of 26,225 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 19,337 people have been closed (73.7% of the total) and, in the case of 6,888 people (26.3%), 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 705,787 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 36,691 individuals, or 5.2% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

In total, 17,959 individuals in Estonia have been vaccinated against COVID-19

A total of 17,959 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 about 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 256,161 occasions, and 2,621 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 366 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.

Estonia is opening its first 24/7 testing site

This Saturday, a public testing organisation is opening a testing site on the border in Narva, where the medical personnel of the Confido Medical Centre will be collecting nasopharyngeal samples around the clock for PCR coronavirus testing from anyone who is interested. The indoor testing site will be located in the border zone at Peterburi mnt 1, which is also on the trajectory of anyone who is entering Estonia from Russia. The border zone testing site will be the third of its kind in Narva.

Anyone with a family physician’s referral who has been registered as a close contact or has crossed the border can give a sample for their free repeat test at the testing site at Joala 20, Narva Gate, which was set up by Corrigo. Samples can also be supplied for a fee at SYNLAB’s temporary coronavirus testing site at Kangelaste prospekt 2. Testing costs 52 euros.

Today, anyone who wishes to enter Estonia must present a PCR test result at the border, or immediately take the test upon their arrival at the border. Further information is available at: www.koroonatestimine.ee/en/for-patients/testing-after-a-trip-abroad.

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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COVID-19 blog, 4 March: 1,420 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 6,969 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 1,420 (20.4%) 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 815 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 628 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

04.03.2021

COVID-19 blog, 4 March: 1,420 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 6,969 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 1,420 (20.4%) 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 815 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 628 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.