COVID-19 blog, 3 December: 451 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours
The last 24 hours have seen 5,402 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 451 (8.3%) of the initial tests were positive.
Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where 212 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 160 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.
A further 131 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and forty-one from Tartu County. Ten cases each were added from Viljandi County and Pärnu County, eight from Lääne-Viru County, seven from Saare County, and six from Lääne County. Five new cases were added from Võru County, four from Põlva County, and three each from Hiiu County, Järva County, Rapla County, and Valga County. A further two cases were added from Jõgeva County. On three occasions, the places of residence of those individuals who tested positive were not specified in the population register.
The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 358.17, and 6.6% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.
The Health Board is monitoring almost 28,400 individuals
Twenty-three of the new cases which were added from the area of operations of the northern regional department were infected via close contact with individuals who had already fallen ill, while a further eight were infected within their family circle, ten via their acquaintances, and five in the workplace. On nineteen occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.
A total of 247 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 30 November and 2 December were infected via family members, work-related contacts, or other close contact with individuals who had already fallen ill. On 165 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The virus was brought in from abroad on seventeen occasions, including from Russia, Tanzania, Ukraine, Sweden, and Finland. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.
The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring almost 15,600 people, of whom 2,321 have fallen ill. There are twenty-two different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. These cover four school outbreaks, nine workplace outbreaks, and a further five outbreaks within circles of acquaintances. In addition to those listed above, there are also two care home outbreaks, a hospital outbreak, and the Tallinn Prison outbreak.
Two of the new cases which were added from Lääne-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected via their family members, while one further individual caught the virus in the workplace, one via their acquaintances, and one at a care home. The circumstances surrounding three further cases are still being investigated. Twenty-eight of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected within their family circle, twenty-three in the workplace, nine at a healthcare institution, nine at a care home, six at school, five via their acquaintances, and one at a kindergarten. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases which were added within the past 24 hours are still being investigated.
There are twenty-four active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. The largest of those outbreaks is the Viru Prison outbreak which involves 250 individuals. There are also four school outbreaks, including three in Kohtla-Järve and one in Jõhvi. There are two kindergarten outbreaks, involving one in Narva and another in Kohtla-Järve. The total number of workplace outbreaks amounts to ten, including two in Sillamäe, five in Narva, one in Jõhvi, one in Tapa, and one that is being referred to as the Lääne-Viru County outbreak. The Narva ice-hockey outbreak involves seventy-six individuals. There are two outbreaks at healthcare institutions, including one in Kohtla-Järve and one in Narva. Sillamäe is also witness to a hobby group outbreak, and there are two further outbreaks: within a circle of acquaintances in Toila Parish and within a family in Lüganuse Parish. There is also an outbreak at a care home facility in Kohtla-Järve.
The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 6,000 people, of whom 1,200 have fallen ill.
The circumstances surrounding the new cases which were added from within the area of operations of the Health Board’s southern regional department within the past 24 hours are still being investigated.
Twenty-two of the new cases which were added from Tartu County on 2 December were infected within their family circle, six at an educational institution, and six within their circle of acquaintances. On eleven occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown, while two individuals also caught the virus in the workplace and two at a care home, while one further case was brought in from abroad. Four of the new cases from Põlva County were infected within their family circle, four are connected to an educational institution, and one with a workplace. Nine of the new cases from Viljandi County caught the virus from their family members, while on six occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown, and three further individuals were infected in the workplace, two within their circle of acquaintances, one via their friends, and one case was also brought in from abroad. Seven of the new cases from Võru County caught the virus via family members, while on five occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown, and one further individual was infected in the workplace. Four of the new cases from Valga County were infected within their family circle, and on one occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown.
There are almost 5,500 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 716 have fallen ill (the number of patients also includes those who are being monitored by the Health Board’s northern regional department). The southern regional department is also monitoring twenty active outbreaks. There are three care home outbreaks, five workplace outbreaks, two hobby group outbreaks, and eight outbreaks at educational institutions. One further outbreak is connected to an entertainment establishment. There is also one outbreak within a family circle.
One of the new cases from Hiiu County was infected in the workplace. Two of the new cases from Saare County were also infected in the workplace, while one further case was brought in from Finland, one individual caught the virus at a care home which is located within the area of operations of the eastern regional department - the case has been handed over to this department - and on one occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown. Two of the new cases from Pärnu County caught the virus in the workplace and two within the family circle, while on one occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One of the new cases from Lääne County was infected within their family circle. The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases from the area of operations of the Health Board’s western regional department are still being investigated.
The western regional department is monitoring almost 1,300 people, of whom 178 have fallen ill. The same department is also monitoring two outbreaks including a school outbreak and a workplace outbreak.
A total of 218 patients are being treated in hospital
As of the morning of 3 December, hospital treatment is being supplied to 218 patients who have COVID-19, with twelve of them on a ventilator. Fourteen new patients were discharged from hospital, while four further patients were transferred to another hospital. Thirty-one new COVID-19 cases were opened in total.
One new coronavirus death was registered within the past 24 hours involving an 89 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 123 people in Estonia in total.
As of today, 3 December, hospitals have closed a total of 828 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 810 people. Also as of 3 December, a total of 7,713 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 5,850 people have been closed (75.8% of the total) and, in the case of 1,863 people (24.2%), more than twenty-eight 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.
Since developing the capability of testing for coronavirus in spring 2020, more than 494,800 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 13,469 or 2.7% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.
Download the HOIA app
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.
The HOIA app has been downloaded on 220,466 occasions, and 1025 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 469 of those cases are active.
The 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, anyone who has 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.
Let’s make an effort in the name of our loved ones
We really need to make an effort in order to be able to spend Christmas with our loved ones. Christmas should never be lonely. It should be a festive period which we can spend with those who are dearest to us. In order to be able to do this, let’s avoid attending large-scale events and observe all restrictions which have been established in Estonia.
The spread of coronavirus in Estonia is extensive and rapid, which means that you can get infected anywhere in which you may come in contact with others. Many people only experience mild symptoms but even so, please observe social distancing rules, wear a mask, wash your hands, ventilate your home, and download the HOIA app. New, stricter social distancing rules which must be followed in various forms of public space have also entered into force this week.
If possible, choose electronic channels and online services for running your errands. Run as many of your errands as possible via electronic channels (use online banking, for example), which will allow you to avoid unnecessary contact with others and reduce the risk of your being infected. If you experience any symptoms, please stay at home.
Get your information from reliable sources
There is misleading information being spread online about coronavirus, along with various conspiracy theories, which can make people put their own health and the health of others at risk unnecessarily, and thereby postpone the day upon which we will be able to return to our normal lives. We would like to request that people follow the government’s official information channels and only spread information which has been confirmed by those channels. Further information is available on the following websites: www.kriis.ee/en and www.terviseamet.ee/en. Information can also be obtained by calling 1247.
As of 2 December, and every day, referrals for testing are being issued via the family physician advisory line
As of yesterday, anyone who is unable to reach their family physician on a working day may call 1220 to get a referral for testing. The advisory line is available every day between 08:00-22:00.
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Monday morning saw a grand total of 143 COVID-19 patients who required hospitalisation. In week 31, an overall figure of 122 new cases of COVID-19 were registered by hospitals.
Monday morning saw a grand total of 146 COVID-19 patients who required hospitalisation. In week 30, an overall figure of 143 new cases of COVID-19 were registered by hospitals.