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COVID-19 blog, 16 October: thirty-seven new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,267 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with thirty-seven 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 fifteen further individuals were found to have been infected. Ten new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County and nine from Jõgeva County. One new case each was also added from Pärnu County and Võru County. On one occasion, the place of residence of the individual who tested positive was 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 38.45.

Four of the new cases from Ida-Viru County caught the virus from a family member, while three further individuals were infected in the workplace, and one individual was infected at school. The circumstances surrounding the remaining one case are still being investigated. 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 nineteen cases to the care home outbreak in Jõhvi. The outbreak at a school in Sillamäe involves a further thirty-four 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 983 people, of whom 188 have fallen ill.

Thirteen new cases were added from Tallinn. Three of the new cases from Harju County were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. There are four 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. A new outbreak within a family circle was added this morning which includes five individuals. The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring 1,245 people, of whom 225 have fallen ill.

Nine of the new cases from Jõgeva County were infected in the workplace. The circumstances surrounding the new case from Võru County are still being investigated. The southern regional department is monitoring 565 people, of whom fifty-nine 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 eighteen individuals.

The new case which, based on data in the population register, is from Pärnu County involves an individual who actually lives in Harju County and the case has therefore been handed over to the northern regional department. The western regional department is monitoring forty-seven people, of whom seventeen have fallen ill. The regional department is also monitoring an outbreak within a family circle in Saare County which involves six individuals.

As of today, a new, third testing site will open in Ida-Viru County. At Kesk 28 in Sillamäe (by the swimming pool), anyone who has pre-booked a test based on a doctor’s referral will be able to provide nonlaryngeal samples. Having received a doctor’s referral, individuals can now book their own testing times under the ‘For Patients’ section on the website at koroonatestimine.ee. There are eighteen testing sites in total in Estonia which are managed by Medicum and SYNLAB. The koroonatestimine.ee website can be used to book a test at any of the testing sites based on the issuance of a doctor’s referral, as well as to obtain information about testing or test results. The website is available in Estonian and Russian.

Thirty-five people are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 16 October, a total of thirty-five COVID-19 patients in Estonia are being treated in hospital, with one patient on a ventilator. Two new patients were discharged, and three new COVID-19 cases were opened. 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, 16 October, hospitals have closed a total of 507 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 493 people.

Also as of 16 October, a total of 3,137 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,362 people have been closed (75.3% of the total) and, in the case of 775 people (24.7%), 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 240,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 4,017 or 1.67% 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 that have been established so far have been successful, and the spread of the virus has remained stable. The next few weeks will show whether the number of new cases remains the same, or whether it will start to increase again, or even deliver an encouraging drop. By making an effort together, we can stop the spread of the virus and continue living our normal lives.

The school holidays may become a critical breaking point in the spread of the virus. By taking care of one another, we can protect others from being infected. It would be a good idea to postpone any trips abroad due to the intensive spread of coronavirus in other countries. Please keep in mind the likelihood that there will be different restrictions that may be applicable to you at your destination country, and that medical aid may not always be easily accessible in other countries. 

The Government of the Republic has extended the nationwide restriction on the sale of alcohol. Retail sale of alcoholic drinks between midnight and 10:00 will be prohibited between 25 October and 24 November 2020. The need to extend the duration of this restriction will be assessed at least ten days before the expiry of that restriction period.

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 157,428 occasions, and ninety-eight 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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COVID-19 blog, 27 October: thirty-seven new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,604 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with thirty-seven new positive test results being added.