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COVID-19 blog, 31 August: two new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 228 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with two new positive test results being added.

Based on the data in the population register, both of the new positive test results came from Harju County, and one of the two was from Tallinn.

Two new individuals were added to the outbreak which is being monitored by the northern regional department

The Health Board’s northern regional department is also monitoring a case of group infection which now involves eight people in total. Two of the positive test results from the period of 29-30 August were due to those involved attending the event in Ülemiste City.

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 for the person who had travelled from Spain turned out to be positive; on the same day, the Health Board’s northern regional department contacted those people who had been in the company of the infected individual and asked them to self-isolate. Seven 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 arriving 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. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring more than 400 close contacts, of whom seventy individuals have fallen ill.

A kindergarten and a sports centre in Kohtla-Järve will be closed for one week

As of today, the Rukkilill kindergarten in Kohtla-Järve is closed for a period of one week, which may be extended. An employee of the kindergarten who has fallen ill and their close contacts are all at home and will be monitored for two weeks.

Kohtla-Järve sports centre was also closed for one week because two employees have fallen ill. The sports centre is currently undergoing a preparation period to enable it to reopen. The Health Board and the Kohtla-Järve City municipal authority have decided that those individuals who have fallen ill and their close contacts will remain at home for two weeks and all remaining employees for one week.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring more than 700 people, of whom over ninety have fallen ill. The regional department is monitoring four outbreaks in total, with fifty-five individuals connected to the Estonia Mine outbreak, fifteen to the Jõhvi Kelder outbreak, eight to the Ojamaa Mine outbreak, and six to what is being termed the ‘United Kingdom’ outbreak.

Nine people are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus

As of the morning of 31 August, nine people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with no patients on a ventilator. In the last 24 hours, one person was discharged from hospital and one new individual required hospitalisation due to coronavirus.

As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 411 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 398 people. Please note that there may be several cases that relate to one individual such as, for example, someone who may have been transferred from one hospital to another. In instances such as this the case is closed at the first hospital and a new case is opened at the second hospital. It is important to differentiate between cases in this manner in order to assess the burden that hospitals face.

A total of 2,088 people have recovered from COVID-19 by today. The cases of 1,582 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 2,375 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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COVID-19 blog, 23 July: eighty-four new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

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.