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COVID-19 blog, 28 September: sixty-seven new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,873 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with sixty-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 thirty-four further individuals were found to have been infected. Thirteen new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, a further thirteen new cases from Võru County, two cases Viljandi County, and one case each from Saare County, Lääne County, and Jõgeva County. On two occasions, the places of residence 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 42.89.

Fifteen of the thirty-four new cases from Harju County (of whom twenty-four were from Tallinn) were close contacts of previous cases. On six occasions, infection took place within the family circle, in a further six occasions at work, and three new cases involved other close contacts. In one case, the virus was brought in from Germany. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring almost 2,000 people, of whom 283 have fallen ill. There are seven different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations, of which the largest are the East Tallinn Central Hospital outbreak (involving thirty-four individuals, of whom twenty-two are hospital employees) and the Läänemere Gymnasium outbreak, which involves thirty-two people who have fallen ill. A further seven cases are connected to the Rescue Board outbreak, while the workplace outbreak and a further outbreak within a family circle involve six cases each. The outbreak which is connected to the Haapsalu Nostalgia Days event involves eight cases. A further outbreak in a workplace was also added today. This outbreak currently involves eight individuals.

Five of the new cases from Ida-Viru County caught the virus within the family circle, while two individuals were infected via acquaintances who had fallen ill. One individual was infected in a care home, and one further individual in their workplace. The circumstances surrounding the remaining four cases are still being investigated. There are eight active outbreaks in total within the regional department’s area of operations. Seven cases are connected to the Kohtla-Järve workplace outbreak, thirteen cases to the first Sillamäe workplace outbreak, and eight cases to the second Sillamäe workplace outbreak. The outbreak within a circle of acquaintances involves thirty cases, the Tammiku Basic School outbreak eleven cases, and the Kohtla-Järve birthday party outbreak five cases. There are also six current cases that are connected to one other outbreak within a circle of family members and acquaintances (of whom one resides in Tallinn). A further six cases are connected to Kohtla-Järve Central Elementary School (of whom two are family members of individuals who were infected at the school).

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring 968 people, of whom 187 have fallen ill.

One of the new cases from Viljandi County was infected via family contacts, while the circumstances surrounding the other case are still being investigated. The origins of the infection in the new case from Jõgeva County are also being investigated. Six of the new cases from Võru County involved catching the virus at work and a further four new cases were close contacts of individuals who had already been infected. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases 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-one individuals), along with the funeral outbreak (involving eleven individuals), and an outbreak in a workplace (involving nineteen individuals). The Health Board’s southern regional department is monitoring over 434 people in connection with coronavirus, of whom fifty-seven have fallen ill.

The new case from Saare County was brought in from Finland. The circumstances surrounding the new case from Lääne County are being investigated. The western regional department is monitoring 167 cases, of whom seventeen 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-three people are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus

As of the morning of 28 September, a total of thirty-three people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, but no patients are on a ventilator. No new patients were discharged from hospital. Two new COVID-19 cases were opened.

As of today, 28 September, hospitals have closed a total of 454 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 441 people.

Also as of today, a total of 2,513 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 1,920 people have been closed (76.4% of the total) and, in the case of 593 people (23.6%), 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.

More than 208,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 3,267 or 1.57% 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 143,673 occasions, and sixty-four 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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