COVID-19 blog, 21 October: forty-four new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours
The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,651 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with forty-four new positive test results being added.
Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where twenty-seven further individuals were found to have been infected. Thirteen new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County and one new case each was also added from Tartu County, Pärnu County, and Võru County. On one occasion, the place of residence of the individual who tested positive was not specified in the population register. As a rule, such individuals tend to be foreign nationals.
The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 36.72.
Twenty-four new cases were added from Tallinn. One of the new cases from Harju County was a close contact of an individual who had already fallen ill. One new case was brought in from France. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. There are eight different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. Forty-two cases are connected to the first outbreak in a workplace, while the second workplace outbreak involves eight cases, and the third workplace outbreak also involves eight cases. An outbreak within a family circle includes five individuals. A school outbreak and a fourth workplace outbreak include six cases each, while a fifth workplace outbreak includes five individuals. A second school outbreak which was added this morning also includes five cases.
The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring 1,436 people, of whom 232 have fallen ill.
Two of the new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected at a care home, one individual caught the infection in the workplace, one person was infected at school, and one further person was infected either via their acquaintances or a family contact. Two new cases were brought in from Russia. The circumstances surrounding one further case are still being investigated. There are seven active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. Eleven cases are connected to an outbreak at a school in Kohtla-Järve, and an outbreak within a circle of family members and acquaintances in Ida-Viru County involves eight cases. There are nine cases that are connected to an outbreak at a school in Jõhvi, and twenty-one cases to the care home outbreak in Jõhvi. The outbreak at a school in Sillamäe involves a further thirty-six individuals, and an outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves ten cases in total in Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe. The workplace outbreak from Narva involves seven cases.
The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring 760 people, of whom 152 have fallen ill.
The new case from Võru County was infected via a family contact. The new case which, based on data in the population register, is from Tartu County involves an individual who actually lives in Harju County and the case has therefore been handed over to the northern regional department. The southern regional department is monitoring 474 people, of whom fifty-seven have fallen ill. As part of those efforts, the southern regional department is also monitoring two outbreaks. An outbreak in a workplace in Võru involves twenty-four individuals and another workplace outbreak in Jõgeva County involves twenty individuals.
The new case from Pärnu County was infected via a family contact. The western regional department is monitoring sixty-six people, of whom eighteen have fallen ill.
Twenty-nine patients are being treated in hospital
As of the morning of 21 October, a total of twenty-nine COVID-19 patients in Estonia are being treated in hospital, with one patient on a ventilator. Two new patients were discharged from hospital, and three new COVID-19 cases were opened. No new deaths have been added in the past 24 hours. Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of seventy-one people in Estonia.
As of today, 20 October, hospitals have closed a total of 524 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 510 people.
Also as of 21 October, a total of 3,334 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,478 people have been closed (74.63% of the total) and, in the case of 856 people (25.7%), 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.
Over 246,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 4,171 or 1.69% of the total have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/koroonakaart.
Let’s remain vigilant
The spread of coronavirus has remained stable in Estonia for the past two weeks, but the virus is still spreading increasingly rapidly in Europe. The advice still stands that you should only travel if it is unavoidable.
In addition to physical health, we must also take care of our mental health on a daily basis. Peaasi.ee is inviting everyone to pay close attention to their loved ones in mental health month: find time to talk to your loved ones, take part in sporting activities together, spend time in a natural environment such as parks or countryside, take walks, or consider enjoying some other form of activity together.
It is advisable to keep our distance from other people in public indoor spaces or when using public transport where we may come in contact with larger crowds. Please keep in mind the fact that maintaining the required distance from others is one of the most efficient measures to avoid becoming infected.
Wearing a mask is a very good additional measure in connection with maintaining the required distance from others, along with proper hygiene and using the HOIA smartphone 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.
According to information from the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre, as of today the HOIA app has been downloaded on 158,580 occasions, and 108 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected.
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Monday morning saw a grand total of 176 COVID-19 patients who required hospitalisation. An overall figure of 160 new cases of COVID-19 were registered last week by hospitals.
Monday morning saw a grand total of 150 COVID-19 patients who required hospitalisation. Based on the results from wastewater monitoring, the spread of the virus is at the orange risk level to the extent of approximately 52% of the country.