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COVID-19 blog, 20 November: 364 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 6,856 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 364 (5.3%) 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 199 further individuals were found to have been infected. Seventy-five new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and twenty-eight from Tartu County. Twelve cases were added from Lääne-Viru County, and eleven from Pärnu County. Six further cases were added from Põlva County, five from Viljandi County, and four from Järva County. Three new cases each were added from Jõgeva County, Valga County, Võru County, and Rapla County. Two new cases were added from Lääne County, and one from Saare 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 253.5, and 4.8% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

A total of 155 of the 199 new cases which were added from Harju County were from Tallinn. Six new cases which were added from Harju County, Järva County, and Rapla County caught the virus through contact with individuals who had already fallen ill. On eleven occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of 164 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 17-19 November were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. On seventy-seven occasions, the origins of the infection have 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 Denmark. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 14,400 people, of whom 1,820 have fallen ill. There are twenty-six different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. These cover five school outbreaks, one kindergarten outbreak, six workplace outbreaks, two event outbreaks, and a further eight outbreaks, all of which are connected to other contacts. In addition to those listed above, there are also two care home outbreaks, a hospital outbreak, and the Tallinn Prison outbreak.

Twenty of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours caught the virus within their family circle, nineteen individuals were infected at an Estonian Defence Forces base, and sixteen at a healthcare institution. Seventeen further cases were infected in the workplace, eight at a special care home, and six in prison. Three individuals caught the virus at school, and a further three via their acquaintances. Three individuals were also infected at hobby group gatherings. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

Further information about those cases which were added on 19 November shows that three of the new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected within their family circle, and a further five in the workplace. Five individuals caught the infection at school, and one at a hobby group gathering The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases 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 four, including one each in Narva-Jõesuu, Sillamäe, Jõhvi, and Tapa. There is also a Kohtla-Järve healthcare institution outbreak which involves forty cases. The Viru Prison outbreak includes a further 250 individuals, and a Narva ice-hockey outbreak includes seventy-one individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 4,900 people, of whom 819 have fallen ill.

Ten of the new cases from Tartu County caught the infection within their family circle. On seven occasions, the origins of the virus have remained unknown. Four individuals were infected at an educational institution, three in the workplace, three within their circle of acquaintances, and one via their friends. One of the new cases from Viljandi County was infected within their family circle, two individuals caught the infection via their acquaintances, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. Two of the new cases from Põlva County were infected in the workplace, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are also still being investigated. One of the new cases from Valga County originated abroad. On the remaining occasions, the origins of the virus have remained unknown. The new case from Võru County was infected via their friends.

The southern regional department is monitoring over 3,200 people, of whom 317 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 seven active outbreaks. One of those outbreaks occurred at a care home and involves thirty-eight individuals. A workplace outbreak involves eleven individuals, while a hobby group outbreak involves sixteen individuals, an outbreak at one educational institution eight cases, an outbreak at another educational institution five cases, and an outbreak at a third educational institution another five cases. An outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves fourteen cases.

One of the new cases from Pärnu County originated abroad, and one further individual was infected at an Estonian Defence Forces base. On three occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding six new cases from Pärnu County, the new case from Saare County, and both new cases from Lääne County are still being investigated. The western regional department is monitoring over 1,000 people, of whom 157 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 involves six cases.

A total of 112 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 20 November, hospital treatment is being supplied to 119 patients who have COVID-19, with ten of them on a ventilator. A further nine new patients were discharged from hospital. Eighteen new COVID-19 cases were opened in total. One new death was added within the past 24 hours, that of an 89 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of eighty-seven people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 20 November, hospitals have closed a total of 656 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 640 people.

Also as of 20 November, a total of 5,296 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 3,968 people have been closed (74.9% of the total) and, in the case of 1,328 people (25.1%), 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 429,200 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 9,076 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 201,683 occasions, and 596 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 364 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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