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COVID-19 blog, 25 September: forty-two new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours 

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,534 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with forty-two 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 sixteen further individuals were found to have been infected. Eleven new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, nine from Võru County, two from Tartu County, and one each from Järva County, Põlva County, Pärnu County, and Valga County.  

Six of the sixteen new cases from Harju County (eleven of which were from Tallinn) which were added in the past 24 hours were close contacts of previous cases. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. The new case from Järva County has been handed over to the eastern regional department, as the individual’s actual place of residence is in Ida-Viru County. 

Fifteen of the new cases which were added in the period between 23-24 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 at a workplace involves six cases, the outbreak within a family circle involves six cases, and the Läänemere Gymnasium outbreak involves thirty cases (including twenty-two pupils and eight teachers). As of this morning, the East Tallinn Central Hospital outbreak involves twenty-one cases (including seventeen employees and four patients). 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring 1,930 people in connection with the spread of coronavirus, of whom 243 have fallen ill. 

Two of the eleven new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected in a care home (while resident at the Jõhvi Care Centre). In a further four cases the virus was caught at school, and one case was a close contact of an individual who had already fallen ill. Circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. There are six active outbreaks in total within the regional department’s area of operations. Seven cases are connected to the Kohtla-Järve workplace outbreak, twelve cases to the Sillamäe workplace outbreak, thirty to the outbreak within a circle of acquaintances, eleven to the Tammiku Basic School outbreak, and a further five to the Kohtla-Järve birthday party outbreak. A new workplace outbreak was added this morning from Sillamäe, which currently includes five individuals. The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring a total of 864 people, of whom 162 have fallen ill. 

Eight new cases from Võru County were infected in the workplace (which is the Võru city government authority offices), and one of the new cases is a close contact of an employee of the city government authority itself. The new case from Valga County was brought in from Russia. The two new cases from Tartu County are connected to a school event. The circumstances surrounding the new case from Põlva County 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), along with the funeral outbreak (involving eleven individuals), and an outbreak in a workplace (involving eight individuals). The Health Board’s southern regional department is monitoring 237 people in connection with coronavirus, of whom forty-five have fallen ill. 

The new case from Pärnu County was handed over to the northern regional department because the individual actually lives in Harju County. The western regional department is monitoring 151 people in connection with coronavirus, of whom eleven 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-one people are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus

As of the morning of 25 September, a total of thirty-one people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with one patient on a ventilator. Three new patients were discharged from hospital and one patient was transferred to a non-Covid department. Four new COVID-19 cases were opened. 

As of today, 25 September, hospitals have closed a total of 448 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 435 people. 

Also as of today, a total of 2,417 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 1,838 people have been closed (76.0% of the total) and, in the case of 579 people (24.0%), 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 36.57. 

More than 199,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 3,118 or 1.55% 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 following weeks will be critical for getting the virus under control. Wearing a mask in Estonia is not compulsory, but doing so is a very good additional measure in connection with maintaining the required distance from others, along with proper hand hygiene, and proper respiratory hygiene. Anyone who has developed any symptoms must wear a mask in public places or if direct contact is unavoidable. All close contacts of an individual who has been diagnosed with coronavirus should wear a mask even if they do not yet have any symptoms. It is also a good idea to wear a mask in enclosed, crowded spaces such as stores, shopping centres, or on public transport, for example. This is especially strongly recommended in those areas which witness new outbreaks of the disease. A mask should also be worn outdoors if you are in a crowded place and it is not possible to maintain the required distance from strangers. It is very important to place, wear, and remove the mask properly in order to avoid being infected. Always sanitise your hands after removing your mask. 

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 139,879 occasions, and fifty-five 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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COVID-19 blog, 23 July: eighty-four new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 2,842 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of eighty-four (3.0%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 7,753 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 612,683 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 538,011 individuals have now received both doses. A total of 55.4% of the entire adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.