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COVID-19 blog, 27 October: thirty-seven new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,604 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with thirty-seven 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-one further individuals were found to have been infected. Eight new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and one new case each from Lääne-Viru County, Tartu County, and Valga County. On five occasions, the places of residences of those individuals who tested positive were 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 42.06.

Thirteen of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn. One of those new cases was infected within their family circle, and on four occasions the virus was brought in from Russia, Sweden, Finland, and Ukraine. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring almost 1,900 people, of whom 337 have fallen ill. There are ten 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, while the first school outbreak involves six cases and the second school outbreak five cases. A fourth workplace outbreak involves ten cases, while a fifth workplace outbreak includes six individuals, and a party outbreak includes seventeen individuals. A sixth workplace outbreak involves five further individuals.

Three of the new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected within their family circle, while one further individual was infected at a kindergarten, and one in the workplace. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. Based on data in the population register, the new case from Lääne-Viru County was handed over to the northern regional department as it involves an individual who actually lives in Harju County. There are ten 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 first school outbreak in Sillamäe involves a further thirty-six individuals, and an outbreak at another school involves eight cases. An entertainment establishment outbreak involves ten cases in total in Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe. The workplace outbreak from Narva involves seven cases, and a kindergarten outbreak involves five cases. A Narva-Jõesuu workplace outbreak involves seven individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring 570 people, of whom 117 have fallen ill.

The new case which was from Valga County was, based on data in the population register, handed over to the northern regional department as it involves an individual who actually lives in Harju County. The circumstances surrounding the new case from Tartu County are still being investigated. The southern regional department is monitoring almost 300 people, of whom forty-six have fallen ill. As part of those efforts the southern regional department is also monitoring one outbreak which occurred in a workplace in Jõgeva County and which involves twenty individuals.

The western regional department is monitoring 140 people, of whom twenty-seven have fallen ill.

Thirty-five patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 27 October, a total of thirty-five COVID-19 patients in Estonia are being treated in hospital, with three patients on a ventilator. Two new patients were discharged from hospital (including one case which was registered retrospectively). Seven new COVID-19 cases were opened.

As of today, 27 October, hospitals have closed a total of 538 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 524 people.

Also as of 27 October, a total of 3,561 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,624 people have been closed (73.7% of the total) and, in the case of 937 people (26.3%), 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 254,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 4,465 or 1.75% 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/en/coronavirus-dataset.

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 only to travel if it is unavoidable still stands.

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.

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 166,005 occasions, and 138 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 5,731 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 384 (6.7%) of the initial tests were positive.