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COVID-19 blog, 29 October: eighty-two new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,739 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with eighty-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 forty-four further individuals were found to have been infected. Seventeen new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, three from Rapla County, and two from Viljandi County. One new case each was also added from Järva County, Jõgeva County, Lääne County, Pärnu County, Põlva County, Tartu County, Valga County, and Võru County. On eight 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 52.07.

Thirty-four of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn. Six of those new cases were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. Four new cases were brought in from Russia, Belgium, and Croatia. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 2,300 people, of whom 413 have fallen ill. There are twelve 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 eight individuals, and a care home outbreak involves thirty-two further individuals. A seventh workplace outbreak was added today which includes six individuals.

The positive test results of twenty-six inmates of Viru Prison were added within the past 24 hours. Eight of those results are included in this morning’s overall figures, as all positive test results from the prison have not yet been registered in the health information system. Six new cases from Ida-Viru County caught the virus from family members or acquaintances, and one further case was brought in from Russia. 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 prison outbreak involves thirty-one cases.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 700 people, of whom 134 have fallen ill.

The new cases from Jõgeva County, Valga County, and Võru County were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. The new cases from Viljandi County were also close contacts of previous cases. The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Tartu County and Põlva County are still being investigated. The southern regional department is monitoring over 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 which involves twenty individuals.

The new case from Pärnu County was infected via a family-contact. The circumstances surrounding the new case from Lääne County are still being investigated. The western regional department is monitoring over 180 people, of whom thirty-eight have fallen ill.

Thirty-four patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 29 October, a total of thirty-four COVID-19 patients in Estonia are being treated in hospital, with one patient on a ventilator. One new patient was discharged from hospital. Three new COVID-19 cases were opened (including one case which was opened retrospectively).

As of today, 29 October, hospitals have closed a total of 544 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 530 people.

Also as of 29 October, a total of 3,684 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,704 people have been closed (73.4% of the total) and, in the case of 980 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 258,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 4,671 or 1.8% 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.

Everyone is personally responsible for preventing the spread of the virus

The spread of the virus can be stopped, and our society can remain open if we all behave responsibly. Coronavirus is transferred from one individual to another and every single one of us has a very important role in preventing this from happening and stopping the virus.

Get tested as soon as possible. We have recently detected an increase in the percentage of asymptomatic carriers of the virus. The share of positive test results out of all those tests that have been analysed over a 24-hour-period has also increased, which indicates a potential concealed spread of the virus. The Health Board would encourage anyone with even slight symptoms to get tested!

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 167,231 occasions, and 154 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected.

The www.koroonatestimine.ee/en website provides information about testing based on a referral, testing when crossing the border, and also paid testing. Important information for physicians and employers can also be found on the website. Furthermore, those individuals who have a doctor’s referral can use the website to book a test. Certificate details, customer service contact numbers, and the addresses of test sites can also be found on the website along with other useful information.

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 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.