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COVID-19 blog, 19 November: 414 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 7,152 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 414 (5.8%) 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 230 further individuals were found to have been infected. Ninety-six new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and twenty-three from Tartu County. Ten cases were added from Viljandi County, and nine from Pärnu County. Seven further cases were added from Järva County, and five from Lääne-Viru County. Four new cases each were added from Jõgeva County and Saare County. Three new cases were added from Valga County, and two cases each from Hiiu County, Lääne County, Põlva County, Rapla County, and Võru County. On thirteen 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 244.4, and 4.8% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

A total of 171 of the 230 new cases which were added from Harju County were from Tallinn. Fifteen new cases caught the virus through contact with individuals who had already fallen ill. On two occasions, the origins of the virus have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of 144 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 16-18 November were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. On seventy-four occasions, the origins of the infection remained unknown. The infection was brought in from abroad on three occasions, with two of those cases originating in Russia, and a further case in Ukraine. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring almost 14,300 people, of whom 1,746 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.

Twenty-three of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours caught the virus at a healthcare institution, seventeen within their family circle, and ten at school. Seven individuals were infected via their acquaintances, five in the workplace, and four at an Estonian Defence Forces base. Two further cases were infected in prison, two at hobby group gatherings, and two at a kindergarten. One individual was also infected in a care home, and two cases were brought in from Russia. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. Two of the new cases from Lääne-Viru County were infected within their family circle, and one at a healthcare institution. The circumstances surrounding one further case are still being investigated. One case was handed over to the Health Board’s northern regional department as it involves an individual who lives in Tallinn.

Further information about those cases which were added on 18 November shows that eighteen of the new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected within their family circle, eleven via their acquaintances, and eight in the workplace. Seven cases caught the infection at hobby group gatherings, six in prison, and five at school. One case was infected at a kindergarten, one at a care home, and one further case at an Estonian Defence Forces base. The circumstances surrounding one further case are still being investigated.

There are fourteen 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. There is also a Kohtla-Järve healthcare institution outbreak which involves twenty-two cases. The Viru Prison outbreak includes a further 241 individuals, and a Narva ice-hockey outbreak includes seventy-eight individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 4,700 people, of whom 762 have fallen ill.

Nine of the new cases from Tartu County caught the infection within their family circle, three in the workplace, and two at an educational institution. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. One of the new cases from Viljandi County was infected within their family circle, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Jõgeva County are also still being investigated. In the case of Valga County, the origins of the infection have remained unknown on one occasion, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated, as are those for the new cases from Võru County and Põlva County.

Further information about those cases which were added from Tartu County on 17 November shows that the origins of the infection remained unknown on eight occasions, while seven individuals were infected by their acquaintances, three within their circle of friends, five in the workplace, two at an educational institution, two within their family circle, and a further two cases were brought in from abroad. Two of the new cases from Viljandi County were infected within their family circle, two cases were brought in from abroad, and on two occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding two of the new cases are still being investigated, while one individual was infected within their family circle. Two of the new cases from Põlva County were also infected within their family circle, with one other in the workplace and, on one occasion, the origins of the virus have remained unknown. One of the new cases from Jõgeva County was infected within their family circle, and one at work. Two new cases from Võru County were also infected within their family circle.

The southern regional department is monitoring over 1,700 people, of whom 319 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 six active outbreaks. One of those outbreaks occurred at a care home and involves thirty-eight individuals. A workplace outbreak involves twelve individuals, while a hobby group outbreak involves sixteen individuals, an outbreak at an educational institution involves eight cases, and an outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves eleven cases.

One of the new cases from Pärnu County was infected at an educational institution, one within their family circle, three in a care home, and on one occasion, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One new case from Lääne County was infected in the workplace, while one further case actually lives in Tallinn. The two new cases from Hiiu County were infected within their family circle. The circumstances surrounding four cases from Saare County, two cases from Pärnu County, and one case from Lääne County are still being investigated. The western regional department is monitoring over 940 people, of whom 151 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 sixteen cases are all being monitored. A workplace outbreak was added from Lääne County which includes six cases.

A total of 112 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 19 November, hospital treatment is being supplied to 112 COVID-19 patients, with seven patients on a ventilator. A further seven new patients were discharged from hospital. Twenty-seven new COVID-19 cases were opened in total, and one patient was transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit. One new death was added within the past 24 hours, that of an 86 year-old man. One further death was also registered retrospectively, involving a 46 year-old woman who died at Narva Hospital (this loss was included in the blog for 17 November). Coronavirus has claimed the lives of eighty-six people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 19 November, hospitals have closed a total of 647 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 631 people.

Also as of 19 November, a total of 5,264 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 3,969 people have been closed (75.4% of the total) and, in the case of 1,295 people (24.6%), 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 422,400 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 8,715 or 2.1% 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 199,368 occasions, and 533 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 339 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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