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COVID-19 blog, 7 November: 229 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

COVID-19 blogi, 7. november: ööpäevaga lisandus 229 positiivset testi

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,740 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, of which 229 (8.4%) were positive. 

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where 105 further individuals were found to have been infected. Sixty-three new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and ten from Lääne-Viru County. Seven new cases were added from Pärnu County, six from Hiiu County, and a further six from Tartu County. Four new cases were added from Viljandi County, three from Lääne County, two from Järva County, and one new positive case each from Jõgeva County and Põlva County. On twenty-one 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 119.0, and 6.2% of all tests have been found to be positive. 

Eighty-one of the 105 new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn. Thirteen 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. On six occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. 

Sixty-four of those new cases from the northern regional department’s area of operations which were added on 6 November were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill (including twenty-five individuals who were infected within their family circle, thirteen who were infected in the workplace, and twenty-six who came into contact with infected individuals under other circumstances). Four cases were connected to the Viru Prison outbreak, thirty-one to the Rapla Care Centre outbreak, and on four occasions the virus was brought in from Italy, Russia, and Finland. The circumstances surrounding the remaining forty-six cases have remained unknown. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring almost 6,000 people, of whom 892 have fallen ill. There are twenty-one different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. There are three school outbreaks which include sixteen individuals in total, one kindergarten outbreak which includes five cases, seven workplace outbreaks which involve a total of 109 individuals, three event outbreaks which include twenty-eight individuals, and a further four outbreaks which are connected to other contacts and include twenty-seven individuals in total. In addition to those listed above, there is also the Rapla Care Centre outbreaks which include sixty-five individuals, a hospital outbreak which includes fifteen individuals, and the Tallinn Prison outbreak with ten individuals. 

Twenty-one new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours were connected to the Viru Prison outbreak, a further twelve cases were found to be connected to a sports team from Narva, and eleven individuals were infected within their family circle. Seven cases caught the virus in the workplace, two individuals were infected via their acquaintances, two further cases were brought in from Russia, and one individual was infected at school. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases from Ida-Viru County are still being investigated. 

Six of the new cases from Lääne-Viru County were connected to the Viru Prison outbreak, two individuals were infected via family-related contacts, and one new case was brought in from Finland. The circumstances surrounding the remaining one case are still being investigated. 

There are nine active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. The first school outbreak in Sillamäe involves thirty-six individuals, a second Sillamäe school outbreak nine individuals, the Jõhvi care home outbreak twenty-one individuals, and a Narva kindergarten outbreak seven individuals. Ten cases are connected to the Narva-Jõesuu workplace outbreak, and 199 cases to the Viru Prison outbreak. A Kohtla-Järve school outbreak includes five cases, a Sillamäe workplace outbreak six cases, and a Narva sports outbreak fifteen cases. 

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring almost 2,000 people, of whom 402 have fallen ill. 

Two of the new cases from Tartu County were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill, and one new case was infected via a work-related contact. Based on information in the population register, two of the new cases from Tartu County actually live in Harju County. On one occasion, the infection was brought into Tartu County from Sweden. The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Viljandi County, Jõgeva County, and Põlva County are still being investigated. The southern regional department is monitoring almost 800 people, of whom 134 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 thirty-two individuals. 

Four of the new cases from Hiiu County were infected via family contacts, one individual was infected at work, and one further individual who has tested positive actually lives in Harju County and caught the virus via an acquaintance. Three of the new cases from Pärnu County were infected via family contacts, one individual was infected at an event in Hiiu County, and one further individual is an inmate of Viru Prison. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. Similarly, the circumstances surrounding the new cases from Lääne County are also still being investigated. The western regional department is monitoring 356 people, of whom eighty-nine have fallen ill. The western regional department is also monitoring three active outbreaks in Hiiu County which include a family event outbreak which involves eleven cases, an outbreak which is also connected to an event and involves seven cases, and a new family outbreak which was added today and involves five cases. 

Forty-eight patients are being treated in hospital 

As of the morning of 7 November, a total of forty-eight COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospital, with four patients on a ventilator. Seven new patients were discharged from hospital, three individuals were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit, and one further individual was transferred from the West Tallinn Central Hospital to the North Estonia Medical Centre. Six new COVID-19 cases were opened (including one individual who was registered on 7 November 2020). 

As of today, 7 November, hospitals have closed a total of 583 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 568 people. 

Also as of 7 November, a total of 4,184 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 3,045 people have been closed (72.8% of the total) and, in the case of 1,139 people (27.2%), 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. 

Almost 277,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 5,933 or 2.1% 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/en/coronavirus-dataset

The spread of coronavirus in Estonia is increasing every day 

The virus is spreading consistently within Estonia. 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. 

Get tested as soon as possible! Please contact your family physician or call 1220 even if you only develop mild symptoms. 

We encourage all employers to enable their employees to work remotely in order to reduce the potential number of close contact instances in workplaces. It is essential to limit the work-related spread of the virus. 

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 174,958 occasions since 20 August, and 252 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. The number of those individuals who are actually ill is changing constantly, however, as some of those who have highlighted themselves as having been infected subsequently recover. There are currently 121 active cases among the 252 who have highlighted themselves as having been infected. As of today, we will be reporting this figure every day on the Health Board’s website. In addition to downloading the HOIA app, highlighting yourself as having been infected if you have tested positive for COVID-19 is the most important function of the app, as only this will enable the app to serve its purpose and warn others of the possibility of their also having caught the virus.

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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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.