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COVID-19 blog, 28 August: eighteen new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

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The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,271 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with eighteen 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 nine people were found to have been infected with coronavirus. Seven new positive test results were added from Harju County and one new case each from Võru County and Jõgeva County.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 600 people

Four of the new infection cases from Ida-Viru County are employees of the Estonia Mine. One of these resides outside of the eastern regional department’s operational area and will be communicating with the Health Board’s southern regional department. Three of the new infection cases are close contacts of previously infected individuals who are connected to the Estonia Mine outbreak. In the remaining two cases, the individual who tested positive caught the infection from an acquaintance who had been travelling.

Forty-seven cases in total are connected to the Estonia Mine outbreak. The virus began to spread through the mine’s employees and their close contacts after two employees were infected in the Jõhvi Kelder entertainment establishment. Since the first two employees who were infected in the Jõhvi Kelder bar have been accounted for as part of the Jõhvi Kelder outbreak, there are currently forty-five coronavirus cases in total that are related to the Estonia Mine outbreak. 

Fifteen people in total are currently connected to the Jõhvi bar outbreak in Ida-Viru County. Two of these individuals are employees of the Estonia Mine.

Seven people have been found to be connected with the Ojamaa Mine outbreak.

The Health Board is monitoring almost 600 people in total in the eastern region in connection with preventing the spread of COVID-19.

One of the seven new infection cases from Harju County was a close contact of a person who had already fallen ill. In the remaining cases, the origins of the infection are still being investigated.

In three of the seven cases from Harju County which were added in the period of 26-27 August, one individual who tested positive had been infected by someone who had brought in the virus from another European Union member state, while in the two other occasions the infection was caught from a family member who had fallen ill. On one other occasion, the individual concerned was infected at work. The circumstances surrounding the remaining one case which was identified in Harju County in this period remain unclear.

The new case from Võru County was connected to the person concerned having been travelling, while the new case from Jõgeva County involves a close contact of someone who had already fallen ill.

Twelve people are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 28 August, twelve people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with no patients on a ventilator. One person has been discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours and three new cases have been opened.

As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 406 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 393 people.

A total of 2,076 people have recovered from COVID-19 by today. The cases of 1,578 people have been closed (76% of the total) and, in the case of 498 people (24%), 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 12.5.

Almost 146,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 2,343 or 1.6% 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.

A coronavirus testing site will be opened in Mustamäe, while in Ida-Viru County the testing site will be moved from Jõhvi to Kohtla-Järve

A new coronavirus testing site will open today in the car park at the Mustamäe Health Centre, where samples will be collected by nurses from Medicum.

The new site will only be accepting individuals who have been referred by their family physician. People may come on foot or by car to have their samples taken.

As of next week, the Veerenni location for SYNLAB will no longer be accepting individuals who have been referred to testing. Everyone who has already made an appointment will still be tested.

In order to obtain a referral for being tested for coronavirus in Mustamäe, anyone who requires a test should contact their family physician. Outside of the family physician’s office hours, the family physician advice line (1220) should be called.

The family physician will issue a digital referral which will be sent to the public testing centre. The call centre will contact the individual concerned in order to book a time slot for testing. Samples can be provided whether attending on foot or by car, but it is important to bring an identity document. Samples cannot be given without having made a booking in advance.

The nasopharyngeal samples which are collected in Mustamäe will be transported by SYNLAB to their laboratory in Tallinn where the samples will be analysed by using the PCR method. The test results will be available within 24 hours on average.

Anyone who has provided a sample will be able to check their test results via the digilugu.ee resource. The result will also be sent to the individual’s family physician and the lab will report the results to the Health Board.

In Ida-Viru County, people can now have their samples taken in the tent at the Ida-Viru Central Hospital at 14 Ilmajaama St in Kohtla-Järve instead of using the Jõhvi office of SYNLAB. Anyone who has already booked a test at the Jõhvi office of SYNLAB will still be able to provide their sample at the Jõhvi site.

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.

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.

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

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