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COVID-19 blog, 28 October: 125 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,987 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with 125 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 forty-eight further individuals were found to have been infected. Twenty-nine new positive coronavirus test results were added from Rapla County, and nineteen from Ida-Viru County. Seven further new cases were added from Pärnu County, five from Jõgeva County, and five from Tartu County. One new case each was also added from Lääne County, Saare County, Valga County, Viljandi County, and Võru County. On seven 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 48.46.

Forty-one of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn. Five of those new cases were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. One new case was brought in from Sweden. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. All twenty-nine new cases from Rapla County are connected to an outbreak at a care home.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 2,100 people, of whom 413 have fallen ill. There are eleven 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 individuals, and a care home outbreak involves thirty-two further individuals.

Five of the new cases from Ida-Viru County are connected to becoming infected within a detention facility, while six further cases were infected via their family members or acquaintances, four individuals were infected via work-related contacts, plus one individual at a kindergarten, and one at school. One further case was brought in from Russia and the circumstances surrounding the remaining case are still being investigated. There are eleven 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 nine cases. An entertainment establishment outbreak involves ten cases. The workplace outbreak from Narva involves seven cases, and a kindergarten outbreak involves six cases. A Narva-Jõesuu workplace outbreak involves nine individuals. The new prison outbreak involves five cases.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring almost 700 people, of whom 132 have fallen ill.

Three of the new cases from Jõgeva County were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill while the circumstances surrounding one further case are still being investigated. One case was handed over to the northern regional department as it involves an individual who actually lives in Harju County. The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Valga County and Võru County are still being investigated. The new case from Viljandi County was infected via a work-related contact. Two of the new cases from Tartu County were brought in from Russia, while the circumstances surrounding two further cases are still being investigated. One case was handed over to the northern regional department as it involves an individual who actually lives in Harju County. The southern regional department is monitoring over 300 people, of whom forty-seven 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.

Three of the new cases from Pärnu County were brought in from Ukraine and one further case was from France. Two individuals were infected via their acquaintances or family contacts, and one individual via a work-related contact. Based on data in the population register, the new cases from Saare County and Lääne County were handed over to the northern regional department as they involve individuals who actually live in Harju County. The western regional department is monitoring over 180 people, of whom thirty-eight have fallen ill.

Thirty-two patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 28 October, a total of thirty-two COVID-19 patients in Estonia are being treated in hospital, with one patient on a ventilator. Five new patients were discharged from hospital. Two new COVID-19 cases were opened.

As of today, 28 October, hospitals have closed a total of 543 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 529 people.

Also as of 28 October, a total of 3,626 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,660 people have been closed (73.4% of the total) and, in the case of 966 people (26.6%), 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 256,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 4,590 or 1.78% 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.

Get tested as soon as possible

Contact your family physician or call 1220 even if you only appear to develop mild symptoms.

Do not get together with your friends or attend any events or parties if you are ill, not even for a little while. Please stay at home and recuperate.

The spread of coronavirus is still gathering pace in Europe and the advice only to travel if it is unavoidable still stands.

Let’s get used to wearing a mask indoors if social distancing is not possible.

We would also like to ask all employers to organise work flexibly and implement as many efficient safety measures as possible in the workplace. Employees who have any symptoms must not be allowed to come to work. Recuperating at home, instead of coming to work when ill, serves the best interests of the employee as well as those of the employer.

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 166,524 occasions, and 144 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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