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COVID-19 blog, 6 November: 241 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

COVID-19 blogi, 6. november: ööpäevaga lisandus 241 positiivset testi

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,427 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, of which 241 (9.9%) were positive.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where 114 further individuals were found to have been infected. Forty-two new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and thirty-five from Rapla County. Nine new cases were added from Pärnu County, five from Hiiu County, and three from Lääne-Viru County. A further two new cases each were added from Tartu County, Valga County, and Võru County, and one new case was added from Lääne County. On twenty-six 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 105.8, and 5.9% of all tests have been found to be positive.

Ninety-one of the 114 new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn. Thirty-six of those new cases which were added from within the area of operations of the Health Board’s northern regional department were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill (including four cases from Viru Prison, thirty-nine cases from Rapla Care Home, of whom twenty-nine individuals were clients and one was an employee, and one case from Tallinn Prison). The circumstances surrounding a further 113 cases are still being investigated.

Forty-two of those new cases from the northern regional department’s area of operations which were added on 5 November were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. On one occasion, the virus was brought in from Latvia. One new case was connected to Rapla Care Home. One further individual was infected in the Viru Prison (that case has been handed over to the eastern regional department). On thirty-three occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown (including one case from Järva County). The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 5,400 people, of whom 876 have fallen ill. There are twenty-one different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. The second workplace outbreak involves eight cases, and the third workplace outbreak also involves eight cases. An outbreak within a family circle includes five individuals, while the first school outbreak involves six cases, and the second school outbreak five cases. A fourth workplace outbreak involves ten cases, while a fifth workplace outbreak includes six individuals, and a party outbreak includes seventeen individuals. A sixth workplace outbreak involves fourteen individuals. The Rapla Care Home outbreak includes sixty-five individuals. A seventh workplace outbreak includes eight individuals. An eighth workplace outbreak includes fifteen individuals, and a sports-related outbreak includes five individuals. A kindergarten outbreak includes another five individuals, an event-related outbreak includes six cases, and an outbreak which is connected to another contact includes eight individuals. A second event outbreak includes five cases and a third event outbreak also includes five cases. A hospital outbreak includes twelve individuals. Two further outbreaks were also added today, these being the Tallinn Prison outbreak which includes five individuals and a third school outbreak with another five individuals.

Sixty-six new cases were found in Viru Prison. On nineteen occasions, the places of residence of those individuals who had become infected were not specified in the population register. Three cases were from Harju County based on their places of residence, a further three cases were from Lääne-Viru County, and twenty-two cases were from Ida-Viru County. There were also a further eleven cases which have not yet been included in today’s statistics.

Twenty further cases were also added from Ida-Viru County in the past 24 hours. Seven individuals were infected within their family circle, six individuals were infected in their workplace, four caught the virus from other members of their sports team, one further case was infected at school, and one case was brought in from Russia. One case was handed over to the Health Board’s southern regional department as it involves an individual who actually lives in Tartu County.

There are eight active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. The first school outbreak in Sillamäe involves thirty-six individuals, the Jõhvi care home outbreak twenty-one individuals, a Narva-Jõesuu workplace outbreak ten individuals, a second Sillamäe school outbreak nine individuals, a Narva workplace outbreak seven individuals, and a Narva kindergarten outbreak a further seven individuals. A total of 171 individuals have tested positive in connection with the prison outbreak. Four of those cases involve prison employees. Another Kohtla-Järve school outbreak was added today which includes five cases.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 1,700 people, of whom 326 have fallen ill.

The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Valga County are still being investigated. One of the new cases from Tartu County was a close contact of an individual who had already fallen ill, while the circumstances surrounding the other case are still being investigated. Based on information in the population register, the new cases from Võru County were handed over to the northern regional department as they involve individuals who actually live in Harju County. The southern regional department is monitoring 511 people, of whom ninety-seven have fallen ill. As part of those efforts the southern regional department is also monitoring one outbreak which occurred at a care home and involves twenty-seven individuals.

One of the new cases from Hiiu County was infected at a family event, three caught the infection via their family members or acquaintances, and the circumstances surrounding the remaining one case are still being investigated. Three of the new cases from Pärnu County were also infected at the same family event which took place in Hiiu County. Two further cases from Pärnu County were infected via their family members or acquaintances. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated, as are the circumstances surrounding the new case from Lääne County. The western regional department is monitoring 386 people, of whom seventy-eight have fallen ill. The western regional department is also monitoring two active outbreaks which involve two family events in Hiiu County. The first outbreak includes nine cases, and the other outbreak includes seven cases.

Fifty-two patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 6 November, a total of fifty-two COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospital, with four patients on a ventilator. Seven new patients were discharged from hospital, and one individual was transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit. Seven new COVID-19 cases were opened.

As of today, 6 November, hospitals have closed a total of 573 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 559 people.

Also as of 6 November, a total of 4,103 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,980 people have been closed (72.6% of the total) and, in the case of 1,123 people (27.4%), 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.

Almost 273,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 5,705 or 2% 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.

The spread of coronavirus in Estonia is increasing every day

The share of cases is also increasing for which the origin of the infection remains unknown. The spread of the virus in Harju County and Tallinn is of especial concern. The Health Board also predicts a rapid increase in the number of close contact cases in this region, with the northern regional department monitoring over 5,400 individuals, of whom 876 have fallen ill.

Do not go to work or school if you are ill! Do not get together with friends or attend any events or parties, not even for a little while. Please stay at home and recuperate.

Get tested as soon as possible. We have recently detected an increase in the percentage of asymptomatic carriers of the virus. The share of positive test results has also increased out of all those tests that have been analysed over a 24-hour-period, which indicates a potential concealed spread of the virus. The Health Board firmly encourages anyone with even the slightest of symptoms to get tested!

Get your information from reliable sources. 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 and www.terviseamet.ee/en. Information can also be obtained by calling 1247.

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.

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 172,904 occasions, and 229 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected.

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.

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

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