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COVID-19 blog, 20 February: 787 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,699 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 787 (13.8%) 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 435 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 317 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further sixty new positive coronavirus test results were added from Tartu County, fifty-two from Ida-Viru County, fifty-one from Pärnu County, forty-nine from Saare County, twenty-six from Järva County, and nineteen from Lääne-Viru County. Another sixteen new cases were added from Viljandi County, fourteen each from Jõgeva County and Põlva County, thirteen from Võru County, eleven from Rapla County, eight from Lääne County, three from Valga County, and two from Hiiu County. On fourteen 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 714.01, and 12.6% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

Fifty-nine new COVID-19 cases were opened within the past 24 hours, and a total of 493 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 20 February, hospital treatment is being supplied to 493 patients who have COVID-19. Thirty-eight of those patients require intensive care, with twenty-two patients on a ventilator.

Fifty-nine new COVID-19 cases were opened in total. Thirty-four patients were discharged from hospital, and twenty-five individuals were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit.

Ten new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 93 year-old woman, two 90 year-old men, an 85 year-old woman, an 83 year-old man, an 83 year-old woman, an 81 year-old man, an 80 year-old man, a 76 year-old woman, and a 64 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 528 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 20 February, hospitals have closed a total of 3,212 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 3,150 people.

Also as of 20 February, a total of 45,082 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 31,362 people have been closed (69.6% of the total) and, in the case of 13,720 people (30.4%), 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 884,958 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 57,033 individuals, or 6.4% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

In total, 61,316 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 25,813 individuals have received two doses

As of this morning, a total of 61,316 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19, of whom 25,831 individuals have received both doses. Statistical data about vaccinations is available from the Health Board’s coronavirus database. Patients can view their vaccination information in the ‘Patient Portal’ at digilugu.ee.

The vaccination of teachers, police officers, and rescuers commenced this week. Vaccination is the only way to prevent severe cases of the disease, as well as making it possible to return life to normal. The vaccine shipments which are arriving in Estonia remain limited for now, but the government has ordered a sufficient number of doses to cover the entire population.

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 vaccinations are healthcare professionals and the employees of healthcare institutions, 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 265,325 occasions, and 3,649 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 516 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.

As of today, children can be tested for coronavirus via ‘pharyngeal washings’

As of today, children and young adults up to the age of eighteen can be tested for coronavirus by using the pharyngeal washings method at free domestic testing sites, as well as at SYNLAB’s paid testing sites. It is currently not possible to provide a sample with the new pharyngeal washings method at border crossing points, as the procedure is more time-consuming than the collection of nasopharyngeal samples. Children arriving at the testing point are free to choose whether they prefer the ordinary nasopharyngeal sampling method (WHO’s primary recommendation) or the new pharyngeal washings solution. We would advise parents to have their child or children practice gargling at home with tap water before testing. At SYNLAB’s laboratory, the process remains the same: RNA is detected using the same PCR method as with the material from nasopharyngeal samples. The results of analyses are uploaded onto the digilugu.ee environment within about 24-48 hours, just as in the case of a nasopharyngeal test. Certificates for travelling are also issued based on the results from the pharyngeal washings sample.

The intensity of the spread of the virus in Estonia is very high

The spread of COVID-19 is high in Estonia. In order to ensure that our medical system can cope and in order to prevent endangering the lives and health of others, it is important to follow all the restrictions which have been established with the purpose of protecting our health. Those restrictions which have been established in Estonia allow people to carry on with their normal lives to the maximum extent possible. Each and every one of us can contribute to overcoming the COVID-19 crisis by behaving responsibly. Measures which can be taken for the prevention of those infections which are caused by coronaviruses include good hand hygiene, social distancing, mask-wearing, and avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty hands.

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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13.04.2021

COVID-19 blog, 13 April: 638 new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,598 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 638 (11.4%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 1,920 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 260,797 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 75,265 individuals have received both doses. A total of 51% of all individuals over the age of seventy have received at least one vaccine dose. In Hiiu County, Lääne County, Tartu County, Järva County, Rapla County, and Saare County, over 60% of all individuals over the age of seventy have been vaccinated.

13.04.2021

COVID-19 blog, 13 April: 638 new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,598 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 638 (11.4%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 1,920 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 260,797 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 75,265 individuals have received both doses. A total of 51% of all individuals over the age of seventy have received at least one vaccine dose. In Hiiu County, Lääne County, Tartu County, Järva County, Rapla County, and Saare County, over 60% of all individuals over the age of seventy have been vaccinated.