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COVID-19 blog, 4 December: 470 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 4,720 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 470 (10%) 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 225 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 159 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further 130 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and forty-six from Tartu County. Sixteen cases were added from Lääne-Viru County, and nine from Viljandi County. Six new cases each were added from Jõgeva County, Pärnu County, and Rapla County. Four new cases each were added from Valga County and Põlva County. Three new cases were added from Lääne County, and two each from Hiiu County, Saare County, and Järva County. One new case was also added from Võru County. On eight 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 366.37, and 6.9% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The Health Board is monitoring almost 29,000 individuals

Twenty-four 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. On thirty-nine occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One case was brought in from Russia. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of 189 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 2-3 December were infected via family members, work-related contacts, or other close contact with individuals who had already fallen ill. On 158 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The virus was brought in from abroad on six occasions, including from Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, and Czech Republic. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring almost 15,500 people, of whom 2,375 have fallen ill. There are twenty-two different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. Most of those outbreaks are related to workplaces, circles of acquaintances, or schools.

Five of the new cases which were added from Lääne-Viru County within the past 24 hours were handed over to the northern regional department, while three individuals were infected via their family members, three in the workplace, one via their acquaintances, and one at school. On three further occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. Thirty-four of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected within their family circle, twenty-eight in the workplace, fifteen via their acquaintances, eleven at school, nine at a healthcare institution, four at a care home, and three at a kindergarten. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases which were added within the past 24 hours are still being investigated.

There are thirty active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. The majority of the outbreaks are connected to workplaces or schools.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 6,000 people, of whom 1,256 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.

Fifteen of the new cases which were added from Tartu County on 3 December were infected within their family circle, six at an educational institution, three in the workplace, two within their circle of friends, two via hobby group activities, one within their circle of acquaintances, and one at a care home. One further case was brought in from abroad. Two of the new cases from Põlva County caught the infection within their family circle, while on two other occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. As for the new cases from Viljandi County, Jõgeva County, Võru County, and Valga County, the origins of the infection have remained unknown.

There are almost 6,000 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 727 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-one active outbreaks. Outbreaks at educational institutions and in workplaces are most prevalent.

In the case of one new instance in Saare County, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One of the new cases from Lääne County was infected in the workplace. Four of the new cases from Pärnu County also caught the virus in the workplace, while one case was brought in from Finland, and on one further occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown 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 176 have fallen ill. The same department is also monitoring a school outbreak and a workplace outbreak.

A total of 222 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 4 December, hospital treatment is being supplied to 222 patients who have COVID-19. A total of 223 active cases are displayed, however, due to a single transfer from one hospital to another not being registered as a transfer but as a new case. Eleven patients are on a ventilator. Two patients were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit, while one individual who had previously tested positive was found to be negative. Twenty-two new patients were discharged from hospital, and two further patients were transferred to another hospital. Thirty-four new COVID-19 cases were opened in total.

Two new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours involving a 63 year-old man and a 93 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 125 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 4 December, hospitals have closed a total of 853 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 834 people. Also as of 4 December, a total of 8,309 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 6,354 people have been closed (76.5% of the total) and, in the case of 1,955 people (23.5%), 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 499,500 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 13,939 or 2.8% 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 221,251 occasions, and 1062 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 466 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.

Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Board website and on its Facebook page.

As of 2 December, and every day, referrals for testing are being issued via the family physician advisory line

As of 2 December, 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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In total, 149 individuals are being treated in hospitals due to symptomatic COVID-19

As of the morning of 21 September hospital treatment is being provided to 149 individuals who have symptomatic COVID-19. A total of 175 patients with COVID-19 are currently receiving hospital treatment, including 126 patients who have not been vaccinated (which means 71.8% of the overall figure), and forty-nine patients who have been fully vaccinated (which amounts to 28.2% of the overall figure).