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COVID-19 blog, 30 September: fifty-seven new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours 

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,733 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with fifty-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-two further individuals were found to have been infected. Eleven new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, three from Võru County, and two from Jõgeva County. One new coronavirus case each was also added from Lääne County, Lääne-Viru County, Saare County, Valga County, and Tartu County. On four 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 46.28. 

Three of the thirty-two new cases from Harju County (of whom twenty-eight were from Tallinn) were close contacts of previous cases. On one occasion, the virus was brought in from the United Kingdom. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. 

The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring over 2,000 people, of whom 332 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-eight individuals, of whom twenty-five are hospital employees, eleven are patients, and remaining two are employees of the hospital cafeteria) and the Läänemere Gymnasium outbreak, which involves thirty-four people who have fallen ill. A further seven cases are connected to the Rescue Board outbreak, while a workplace outbreak also involves seven cases, and a further outbreak within a family circle involves six cases. The outbreak which is connected to the Haapsalu Nostalgia Days event involves eight cases. Another outbreak in a workplace currently involves fourteen individuals. 

Five of the new cases from Ida-Viru County caught the virus within the family circle, while two individuals were infected in their workplaces. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are being investigated. The new case from Lääne-Viru County was brought in from Russia. 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, fourteen cases to the first Sillamäe workplace outbreak, and nine 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 currently seven cases that are connected to one other outbreak within a circle of family members, and a further six cases are connected to the Kohtla-Järve Central Elementary School outbreak. 

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring 917 people, of whom 183 have fallen ill. 

Two of the new cases from Võru County were infected in their workplaces and one further individual caught the infection via family contacts. The case from Tartu County was brought in from Portugal. One case from Jõgeva County and one case from Valga County were handed over to the northern regional department, as the individuals actually reside in Harju County. The circumstances surrounding the new case from Jõgeva County are still being investigated. As of this morning there is one active outbreak in the southern region, in a workplace in Võru which involves twenty individuals. The Health Board’s southern regional department is monitoring 423 people in connection with coronavirus, of whom fifty-one have fallen ill. 

The circumstances surrounding the new case from Saare County are also still being investigated. The new case from Lääne County is a close contact of individuals who had already fallen ill. The new case from Pärnu County is a student at the Paikuse Police School. The origins of the infection remain unknown in the case of this individual, but it is known that they attended classes in the period in which they were likely infectious. The western regional department is monitoring 221 cases, of whom twenty-two 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. 

As of today, it is possible to book a test via the e-reception system

From today everyone who has been referred to testing by their family physician can immediately book a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus testing time for themselves. 

For this purpose, a text message with a link to the e-reception system is sent to the mobile telephone number specified in the referral after that referral has been received. These text messages are sent to individuals who are at least eighteen years of age. The patient must verify their identity in the e-reception environment by using an ID card or Mobile ID (a Smart ID cannot be used). This will enable people to book their testing times quickly without having to wait for a call from the testing centre. 

The service can be used on a voluntary basis and provides an alternative option. Those who do not wish to use the e-reception system or who fail to receive the text message due to technical issues will still receive a telephone call from the testing centre based on the order in which referrals are processed at the centre. 

The new platform was developed on the initiative of the SportEST cluster, with the assistance of the European Regional Development Fund, and has been integrated by Medicum and SYNLAB into the testing centre environment which is used for booking test times and sending text messages, as well as with the laboratory information system. 

The test results will still be sent to the tested individuals as previously. 

Thirty-five people are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus 

As of the morning of 30 September, a total of thirty-five people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with one patient on a ventilator. Seven new patients were discharged from hospital. Six new COVID-19 cases were opened. 

As of today, 30 September, hospitals have closed a total of 465 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 452 people. 

Also as of 30 September, a total of 2,605 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,000 people have been closed (76.8% of the total) and, in the case of 605 people (23.2%), 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. 

Over 213,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 3,371 or 1.58% 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.

How can the spread of coronavirus be stopped? 

The situation is becoming increasingly serious. It is important that we use all possible measures to help us prevent any further spread of the virus. COVID-19 is about to reach vital services and risk groups such as hospitals and care homes. Taking into consideration the increasing spread of the virus worldwide as well as in Europe, all trips abroad should be cancelled, and the school holidays should be spent in Estonia. It is up to all of us to make sure that we can avoid the imposition of stricter restrictions so that we can continue to lead our lives normally. 

It is a good idea to wear a mask in enclosed, crowded spaces and on public transport. An indoor space should be considered crowded if you cannot keep the required two-metre distance from other individuals. Covering your mouth and nose helps to prevent the spread of germs. Wear a mask and be sure to follow the user instructions. Medical masks must be worn with the coloured side on the outside. Wearing a mask is not an alternative to other measures which reduce the risk of being infected, such as washing your hands or covering your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or your sleeve when you sneeze or cough. Protecting yourself is especially important if you are a close contact of an individual who has fallen ill. 

If you suspect that you may have been infected, please stay at home and call your family physician who will refer you for testing. It is very important that infected individuals and their close contacts enter self-isolation as soon as possible in order to avoid spreading the virus. This is the only way in which the spread of the virus may be controlled so that the lives and health of at-risk individuals may be protected. 

Download the HOIA mobile app from Google Play or the 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 145,778 occasions, and sixty-eight 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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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.