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COVID-19 blog, 30 August: ten new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The Health Board would like to remind everyone that if you have returned from travelling abroad, please self-isolate properly whilst you are awaiting your test results

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 667 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with ten 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 seven new individuals were found to have been infected. Three new coronavirus cases were added from Ida-Viru County.

The new outbreak in Tallinn began from ignoring the self-isolation requirement

Three of the seven new cases from Harju County (all of which are from Tallinn) are of a local origin. In two of these cases, the individuals concerned caught the infection from their family members. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are currently being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is also monitoring a case of group infection which now involves six people in total and can therefore be referred to as an outbreak. The outbreak began at a club event in Ülemiste City on 21 August which was attended by an individual who had returned from Spain the day before. On 22 August, the coronavirus test result of the person who had travelled from Spain turned out to be positive; on the same day the northern regional department of the Health Board contacted those people who had been in the company of the infected individual and asked them to self-isolate. Five close contacts have now tested positive for coronavirus. The Health Board has notified Ülemiste City of the event.

The Health Board would like to remind everyone that any individuals who are travelling into Estonia from countries in which the risk of being infected with coronavirus is higher must self-isolate for two weeks and monitor their health. Attending any social gatherings in this time is strictly prohibited. People who are waiting for their coronavirus test results must also self-isolate. If a healthcare worker has decided to test an individual, there is always a valid reason. 

One new outbreak was added from Ida-Viru County

One of the individuals who fell ill in Ida-Viru County lives in Tartu and is therefore being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department. In one new case, a guard at Viru Prison has fallen ill; the Health Board and Viru Prison have already identified the guard’s closest contacts. The Health Board and Viru Prison are cooperating to stop the spread of the virus.

One of the new cases from Ida-Viru County was a close contact of an individual who had travelled into Estonia from the United Kingdom to visit their family. Five close contacts of the person who is residing in the United Kingdom had already been infected previously, which means that this circle now forms another outbreak which is being monitored by the eastern regional department of the Health Board. Six people in total are connected to the outbreak. This count does not include any individuals who are located in the United Kingdom and have been tested there.

Fifty-four 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 fifty-two coronavirus cases in total that are related to the Estonia Mine outbreak. 

Fifteen visitors to the Jõhvi Kelder bar are now involved in what has become known as the Jõhvi Kelder outbreak in Ida-Viru County. Two of these individuals are the aforementioned employees of the Estonia Mine.

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

Over 1,200 people are being monitored by the Health Board

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring more than 300 close contacts and seventy individuals who have fallen ill. The eastern regional department is monitoring almost 700 people in connection with the spread of coronavirus, with ninety-six of those individuals having fallen ill. The southern and western regional departments are monitoring over eighty close contacts in total, as well as eighteen infected individuals.

Nine people are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 30 August, nine people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with no patients on a ventilator. One person was discharged from hospital and one new individual required hospitalisation due to coronavirus.

As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 410 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 397 people.

A total of 2,088 people have recovered from COVID-19 by today. The cases of 1,583 people have been closed (75.8% of the total) and, in the case of 506 people (24.2%), 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 13.8.

Almost 148,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 2,373 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.terviseamet.ee/koroonakaart.

 

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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