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COVID-19 blog, 18 November: 274 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,539 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 274 (4.9%) 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 153 further individuals were found to have been infected. Sixty-two new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and twenty from Tartu County. Five cases were added from Lääne County, and four each from Pärnu County and Lääne-Viru County. Three new cases each were added from Hiiu County, Saare County, and Viljandi County, and a further two new cases each from Jõgeva County, Valga County, and Põlva County, and Pärnu County. One new case each was added from Rapla County and Võru County. On nine 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 223.33, and 4.6% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

A total of 118 of the 153 new cases which were added from Harju County were from Tallinn. Seven new cases caught the virus via contact with individuals who had already fallen ill. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of 129 of the new cases which were added from the area of the Health Board’s northern regional department between 15-17 November were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. On sixty-four occasions, the origins of the infection remained unknown. The infection was brought in from abroad on four occasions, with three of those cases originating in Russia, and a further case in Finland. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring almost 13,400 people, of whom 1,613 have fallen ill. There are twenty-eight different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. These cover four school outbreaks, one kindergarten outbreak, eight workplace outbreaks, three event outbreaks, and a further eight outbreaks, all of which are connected to other contacts. In addition to those listed above, there are also a care home outbreak, a hospital outbreak, and the Tallinn Prison outbreak.

Twelve of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected via their family members, five cases by their acquaintances, and a further three cases at work. One case caught the virus at school. Six individuals were infected in prison, three at hobby group gatherings, and one at an Estonian Defence Forces base. One further individual was infected at a kindergarten, and one in a care home. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. Three of the new cases from Lääne-Viru County were infected via their acquaintances, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining one case are also still being investigated.

Further information about those cases which were added on 17 November shows that eight of the new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected within their family circle, four in the workplace, and a further three individuals via their acquaintances. One case caught the virus at school, one at a kindergarten, and one at a hobby group gathering. One individual was also infected in a care home, and one at an Estonian Defence Forces base. The circumstances surrounding one further case are still being investigated.

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, including one each in Narva-Jõesuu, Sillamäe, Narva, Jõhvi, and Tapa. The Viru Prison outbreak includes a further 239 individuals, and a Narva ice-hockey outbreak includes seventy-eight individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 4,200 people, of whom 670 have fallen ill.

Five of the new cases from Tartu County caught the virus via other contacts, two within their family circle, and two in the workplace. The circumstances surrounding three further cases are still being investigated. The new case from Jõgeva County caught the virus from a family member, while the circumstances surrounding one other case are still being investigated. The circumstances surrounding the new case from Valga County are also still being investigated. The two new cases from Põlva County were infected by family members. The new case from Võru County was infected by their friends, while the circumstances surrounding the new case from Viljandi County are still being investigated.

Further information about those cases which were added on 17 November shows that eleven of the new cases from Tartu County were infected within their family circle, the origins of the virus have remained unknown on ten occasions, six cases were infected at work, eight individuals caught the virus via other contacts, and one new case was brought in from abroad. Two of the new cases from Viljandi County were infected within the family circle, one in the workplace, and one via other contacts. In two occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One new case from Valga County was infected within their family circle and one further case was brought in from abroad. The new case from Põlva County was infected in the workplace.

The southern regional department is monitoring over 2,400 people, of whom 283 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 five active outbreaks. One of those outbreaks occurred at a care home and involves thirty-eight individuals. A workplace outbreak involves ten individuals, while a hobby group outbreak involves fourteen individuals, an outbreak at an educational institution involves seven cases, and an outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves ten cases.

Four of the new cases from Lääne County were infected in the workplace, and one of the infected individuals actually lives in Tallinn. Two of the new cases from Hiiu County caught the virus within their family circle, while the circumstances surrounding one other case are still being investigated. One of the new cases from Hiiu County caught the virus within their family circle, while on two occasions, however, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. Two of the new cases from Pärnu County were infected within their family circle, and the circumstances surrounding two other cases are still being investigated. The western regional department is monitoring over 900 people, of whom 138 have fallen ill. The western regional department is also monitoring two active outbreaks in Hiiu County which include a family event outbreak of twelve cases and a family outbreak of six cases. In Pärnu County, a school outbreak which involves eleven individuals and a care home outbreak which involves twelve cases are all being monitored.

Ninety-nine people are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 18 November, a total of ninety-nine COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospital, with six patients on a ventilator. Eight new patients were discharged from hospital. Twenty-three new COVID-19 cases were opened in total. One new death was added within the past 24 hours, that of a 92 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of eighty-five people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 18 November, hospitals have closed a total of 639 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 623 people.

Also as of 18 November, a total of 5,120 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 3,848 people have been closed (75.2% of the total) and, in the case of 1,272 people (24.8%), 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 415,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 8,304 or 2% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

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.

The HOIA app has been downloaded on 197,017 occasions, and 511 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 309 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.

The spread of coronavirus in Estonia is extensive and rapid, which means that you can get infected anywhere in which you may come in contact with others. Many people only experience mild symptoms but even so, please observe social distancing rules, wear a mask, wash your hands, ventilate your home, and download the HOIA app. New, stricter social distancing rules which must be followed in various forms of public space have also entered into force this week.

If possible, choose electronic channels and online services for running your errands. Run as many of your errands as possible via electronic channels (use online banking, for example), which will allow you to avoid unnecessary contact with others and reduce the risk of your being infected. If you experience any symptoms, please stay at home.

Get your information from reliable sources. There is misleading information being spread online about coronavirus, along with various conspiracy theories, which can make people put their own health and the health of others at risk unnecessarily, and thereby postpone the day upon which we will be able to return to our normal lives We would like to request that people follow the government’s official information channels and only spread information which has been confirmed by those channels. Further information is available on the following websites: www.kriis.ee and www.terviseamet.ee/en. Information can also be obtained by calling 1247.

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

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