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COVID-19 blog, 22 September: thirty-six new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours 

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,862 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with thirty-six new positive test results being added. 

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Ida-Viru County, where fifteen further individuals were found to have been infected. Fourteen new positive coronavirus test results were added from Harju County, one from Järva County, one from Võru County, and one from Tartu County. On four occasions, the places of residence of the individuals who tested positive were not specified in the population register. 

One of the fourteen new cases from Harju County (ten of which were from Tallinn) which were added in the past 24 hours was brought in from Poland, and four individuals who tested positive were close contacts of previous cases. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. 

Four of the new cases which were added in the period between 19-20 September were close contacts of persons who had already fallen ill. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring four active outbreaks, of which the outbreak which is known as the Kadriorg birthday party outbreak involves twenty-six cases, the Tallinn Männi kindergarten outbreak involves ten cases, and the outbreak at a workplace involves a further six cases. As of this morning, the Läänemere Gymnasium outbreak involves seventeen cases. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring 1,844 people in connection with the spread of coronavirus, of whom 211 have fallen ill. 

Ten of the fifteen new cases from Ida-Viru County were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. The circumstances surrounding the remaining one case are still being investigated. There are four active outbreaks in total within the regional department’s area of operations. Seven cases are connected to the Kohtla-Järve workplace outbreak and eleven cases to the Sillamäe workplace outbreak (the figure has been adjusted). As of this morning, the outbreak within a circle of acquaintances involves twenty-nine individuals, and the Tammiku Basic School outbreak involves eleven cases. The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring a total of 784 people, of whom 148 have fallen ill. 

The new case from Võru County is an employee of the city of Võru’s local government authority. The new case from Tartu County is an individual who works at a kindergarten. In both cases, the origins of the infection are still being investigated. As of this morning, there are three outbreaks in total in the southern region, including one which resulted following a birthday party in Võru (involving twenty-two individuals), plus the Italian trip outbreak (involving nine individuals), and the funeral outbreak (involving eleven individuals). The Health Board’s southern regional department is monitoring 157 people in connection with coronavirus, of whom thirty-six have fallen ill. 

The western regional department is monitoring eighty-seven people in connection with coronavirus, of whom eight have fallen ill. 

The Health Board would like to caution people of the fact that, as ‘close contact’ refers to a situation in which individuals remain within two metres of one another for a period of at least fifteen minutes, attending a gathering when you are ill is a certain way of infecting your friends. At gatherings people often spend several hours together in an enclosed space, speaking loudly at each other. The latter act certainly facilitates the spread of the particles that can transmit the virus.

Anyone who attends a public event and who has a smartphone should install the HOIA coronavirus app which more efficiently helps to identify potential close contacts. 

Thirty-two people are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus 

As of the morning of 22 September, thirty-two people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with three patients on a ventilator. No new patients were discharged from hospital. Ten new COVID-19 cases were opened. 

As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 433 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 420 people. 

As of 22 September, a total of 2,385 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 1,818 people have been closed (76.2% of the total) and, in the case of 567 people (23.8%), 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. 

The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 31.08. 

More than 192,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 2,976 or 1.54% of the total have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.koroonakaart.ee/en

The next three weeks will be critical for getting the virus under control. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect that you may have fallen ill, please stay at home and contact your family physician if you develop any symptoms. Avoid contact with others, follow the rules of hand and respiratory hygiene, and have everything that you need delivered to your home in a contactless manner, if possible. Your mental health is also important: do not allow yourself to become isolated. Communicate with your loved ones by using various communications channels (such as Facebook, Skype, or other applications which allow you to talk to others, as well as see them). Create a habit of communicating with other people on a daily basis (if you are not already doing so). Communication is especially important while self-isolating. You should also make sure that coronavirus is not your main conversation topic. 

How can the spread of coronavirus be stopped?

  • The most efficient measure which can be applied to avoid being infected is keeping one’s distance.
  • In crowded places and especially indoors where it is not possible to maintain the required distance from other people, it is advisable to wear a mask.
  • Closed, crowded spaces should be avoided if possible.
  • The rules governing hand hygiene must be observed: hands must be washed frequently.
  • Hands should be washed in soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand sanitation products should be used in public places.
  • When you sneeze or cough, please cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue. Immediately safely dispose of the used tissue and clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (or part of your forearm), not your bare hand, to cover your mouth and nose.
  • Anyone who becomes ill should stay at home, even if their symptoms are mild.
  • People who develop any symptoms should suspect that they have coronavirus and contact their family physician.
  • 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 132,097 occasions, and forty-six individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected.

Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Board website and on its Facebook page.

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The last 24 hours have seen 3,172 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 173 (5.5%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 6,142 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 627,375 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 552,952 individuals have now received both doses. A total of 56.5% of the entire adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.