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COVID-19 blog, 21 November: 305 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,437 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 305 (5.6%) 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 130 further individuals were found to have been infected. Eighty-three new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and thirty-two from Tartu County. Eleven cases were added from Pärnu County, and eight from Valga County. Five further cases each were added from Rapla County and Lääne-Viru County, and four from Järva County. Three new cases each were added from Jõgeva County and Põlva County. Two new cases each were added from Lääne County, Viljandi County, and Võru County, with a further one case each from Hiiu County and Saare 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 258.77, and 4.8% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

A total of ninety-seven of the 130 new cases which were added from Harju County were from Tallinn. Four 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. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of 182 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 18-20 November were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. On 108 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The infection was brought in from abroad on six occasions, with two of those cases originating in Russia, and a further case each in Sweden, Poland, and Finland. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 14,700 people, of whom 1,878 have fallen ill. There are twenty-seven different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. These cover five school outbreaks, one kindergarten outbreak, seven workplace outbreaks, two event outbreaks, and a further eight outbreaks within circles of acquaintances. In addition to those listed above, there are also two care home outbreaks, a hospital outbreak, and the Tallinn Prison outbreak.

Twenty-one of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County and Lääne-Viru County within the past 24 hours caught the virus in their workplace, nineteen within their family circle, and eighteen at a care home. Ten further cases were infected at an Estonian Defence Forces base. Five individuals were infected in connection with hobby activities, four at school, and four via their acquaintances. One case was brought in from Russia. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

Further information about those cases which were added on 20 November shows that one case was handed over to the Health Board’s northern regional department as it involves an individual who actually lives in Tallinn. One case was brought in from Russia and one from Sweden. One further individual caught the infection within their family circle, one at a care home, one at an educational institution, and one in the workplace.

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, Jõhvi, and Tapa. There is also a Kohtla-Järve healthcare institution outbreak which involves fifty-six 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 841 have fallen ill.

Seven of the new cases from Tartu County caught the virus within their family circle. On seven occasions the origins of the virus have remained unknown. Three individuals were infected at an educational institution, three within their circle of acquaintances, and one via their friends. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. One of the new cases from Viljandi County was infected within their family circle. In the case of the other individual from Viljandi County to have tested positive, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One of the new cases from Põlva County caught the infection within their family circle, the origins of the infection have remained unknown on one occasion, and one further case was brought in from abroad. Two new cases from Valga County were infected within their circle of acquaintances, one in the workplace and, on one occasion, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One new case from Võru County was infected via their friends, and one further case was brought in from abroad. The origins of the infection have remained unknown in the case of the new individual to have tested positive from Jõgeva County.

There are more than 3,700 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 367 have fallen ill (the number of patients also includes those 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 seventeen 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 eight cases. An outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves fourteen cases.

Four of the new cases from Pärnu County caught the virus within their family circle, one further individual was infected via their acquaintances, while on one occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. One of the new cases from Hiiu County caught the virus within their family circle. The origins of the infection have remained unknown in relation to the new case from Saare County. One of the new cases from Lääne County caught the virus via their acquaintances, while the circumstances surrounding one other case are still being investigated. The western regional department is monitoring over 1,000 people, of whom 158 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 is being monitored in Lääne County which involves six cases.

A total of 119 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 21 November, hospital treatment is being supplied to 119 patients who have COVID-19, with eight of them on a ventilator. A further six new patients were discharged from hospital, and three were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit. Ten new COVID-19 cases were opened in total. No new deaths were added within the past 24 hours. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of eighty-seven people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 21 November, hospitals have closed a total of 665 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 649 people.

Also as of 21 November, a total of 5,661 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 4,299 people have been closed (75.9% of the total) and, in the case of 1,362 people (24.1%), 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 434,600 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 9,375 or 2.2% 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 204,528 occasions, and 624 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 372 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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