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COVID-19 blog, 18 September: thirty-six new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours 

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,178 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with thirty-six 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 twelve further individuals were found to have been infected. Ten new positive coronavirus test results were added from Harju County, four from Tartu County, and one each from Põlva County and Saare County. On eight occasions, the places of residence of the individuals who tested positive were not specified in the population register. 

Four of the ten new cases from Harju County (seven of which were from Tallinn) which were added in the past 24 hours were close contacts of previous cases The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. 

Two of the new cases which were added in the period between 16-17 September were brought in from Germany and Ukraine. In ten cases those individuals who tested positive were close contacts of persons who had already fallen ill. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring four active outbreaks, of which the Nõmme Kalju outbreak involves seventeen infection cases, the Gourmet Coffee outbreak twenty-five cases, and the Tallinn Männi kindergarten outbreak ten cases in total. As of this morning, the new Läänemere Gymnasium outbreak involves seven cases. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring 1,955 people in connection with the spread of coronavirus, of whom 194 have fallen ill. 

Six of the twelve new cases from Ida-Viru County were close contacts of individuals who had already been infected. The circumstances surrounding the remaining six cases are still being investigated. There are eight 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, and nine that can be linked to the Ojamaa Mine outbreak. The Kohtla-Järve workplace outbreak involves six cases (four of the cases which have previously been reported as part of this outbreak were transferred to another outbreak which took place within a circle of acquaintances), and the Sillamäe workplace outbreak involves seventeen cases. As of this morning, the aforementioned outbreak within a circle of acquaintances involves twenty-three individuals. A further outbreak at Tammiku Basic School involves eight cases. The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring a total of 485 people, of whom ninety-six have fallen ill. 

The four new cases from Tartu County (of which one was from the city of Tartu) were connected to what is being termed the funeral outbreak. The case which was added from Põlva County has been, based on data in the population register, transferred to the northern regional department as the individual’s actual place of residence is in Tallinn. As of this morning, there are three outbreaks in total in the southern region, including an outbreak at a birthday party in Võru (involving twenty-two individuals), the Italian trip outbreak (involving nine individuals), and the funeral outbreak (involving ten individuals). The Health Board’s southern regional department is monitoring 135 people in connection with coronavirus, of whom forty-four have fallen ill. 

The new case which was added from Saare County was brought in from Spain. The Health Board’s western regional department is monitoring forty-two people in connection with coronavirus, of whom six 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. 

Twenty-three people are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus 

As of the morning of 18 September, twenty-three people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with three patients on a ventilator. No new patients were discharged from hospital. Three patients were transferred from Ida-Viru Central Hospital to another hospital. Six new COVID-19 cases were opened. 

As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 428 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 415 people. 

As of 18 September, a total of 2,357 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 1,808 people have been closed (76.7% of the total) and, in the case of 549 people (23.3%), 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. 

The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 26.94. 

More than 182,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 2,814 or 1.54% 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 124,832 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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