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COVID-19 blog, 22 November: 349 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

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Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where 205 further individuals were found to have been infected. Seventy-five new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and eighteen from Tartu County. Seventeen cases were added from Pärnu County, and six each from Viljandi County and Lääne-Viru County. Five further cases each were added from Rapla County and Lääne-Viru County, four each from Järva County and Jõgeva County, and two each from Võru County, Rapla County, Lääne County, and Saare County. One further case each was also added from Hiiu County, Järva County, and Põlva County. On five 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 270.51, and 4.9% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

Four new cases which were added from Harju County, Järva County, and Rapla County within the past 24 hours caught the virus from family members, five via acquaintances, and three in the workplace. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of twenty-one of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 21-22 November were infected via their family members, and a further eight via their acquaintances. Four individuals caught the infection in the workplace, while one case originated in the Russian Federation. On nine occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding ninety-six further cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 14,700 people, of whom 1,075 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.

Twelve of the new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected in the workplace, and a further eleven caught the virus via their family members. Eight individuals were infected via acquaintances, six at school, and five at hobby group gatherings. Three of the new cases from Lääne-Viru County caught the virus in the workplace, one further individual was infected via their family members, and one in connection with hobby activities. The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases from the Health Board’s eastern regional department’s area of activity are still being investigated.

There are fourteen active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. These cover 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, 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-three individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring almost 5,100 people, of whom 850 have fallen ill.

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

There are more than 4,000 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 379 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. The largest 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 nineteen individuals, an outbreak at one educational institution nine cases, an outbreak at another educational institution six cases, and an outbreak at a third educational institution another nine cases. An outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves fourteen cases.

Four of the new cases from Pärnu County were infected via their family members and a further four via their acquaintances. On two occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases from Pärnu County are still being investigated. One of the new cases from Saare County was connected to an outbreak within the Estonian Defence Forces, while the other case was brought in from Belarus. The circumstances surrounding one of the new cases from Lääne County are still being investigated, while on one other occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown. Similarly, the origins of the infection have remained unknown in the case of the new individual to have tested positive from Hiiu County.

The western regional department is monitoring almost 1,100 people, of whom 165 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 146 patients are being treated in hospital 

As of the morning of 22 November, hospital treatment is being supplied to 146 patients who have COVID-19, with seven of them on a ventilator. A further five new patients were discharged from hospital. Thirty-three new COVID-19 cases were opened in total within the past 24 hours. Twenty-four of those new cases were nursing care and rehabilitation patients at Ida-Viru Central Hospital who were infected within the hospital itself.

One new death was added within the past 24 hours, that of a 91 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of eighty-eight people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 22 November, hospitals have closed a total of 671 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 655 people.

Also as of 22 November, a total of 5,701 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 4,304 people have been closed (75.5% of the total) and, in the case of 1,397 people (24.5%), 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, almost 439,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 9,724 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 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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