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COVID-19 blog, 8 September: thirty-two new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours 

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,770 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with thirty-two 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 twelve new individuals were found to have been infected. Three new positive coronavirus test results were added from Võru County, three from Ida-Viru County, two from Pärnu County, one from Tartu County, and one from Viljandi County. On ten occasions, the places of residence of the individuals who tested positive were not specified in the population register. 

Based on what is currently known, seven of the twelve new cases from Harju County (of which nine were from Tallinn) which were added in the past 24 hours are close contacts of individuals who had previously fallen ill. One further case was brought in from Germany. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. 

Two of the new cases which were added in the period between 6-7 September were brought in from abroad (from Mexico and Italy), and six individuals caught the infection from their family or from work-related contacts. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring five active outbreaks, of which the Nõmme Kalju outbreak involves fifteen infection cases, while the ‘Viimsepäeva katedraal’ club event which took place on 21 August involves ten cases, the Gourmet Coffee outbreak ten cases, and the sauna party outbreak seven cases. A further eight cases in total are connected to an outbreak that involved catching the infection in the workplace. 

The number of COVID-19 cases for every 100,000 people in Tallinn is 31.0. 

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring 761 people in connection with the spread of coronavirus, of whom 156 have fallen ill. 

Three new cases were added from Ida-Viru County, of which one was from the city of Narva. In two cases, the infected individuals were close contacts of people who had previously tested positive. The circumstances surrounding the remaining one case are still being investigated. The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring almost 600 people in connection with the spread of SARS-CoV-2. There are five active outbreaks in total within the regional department’s area of operations, of which the largest is what is being termed the Estonia Mine outbreak with fifty-six cases (involving thirty-one employees and twenty-five close contacts of those employees). There are fifteen cases that are connected to the Jõhvi Kelder outbreak, fifteen cases that are part of the coronavirus outbreak which originated in the United Kingdom, nine that can be linked to the Ojamaa Mine outbreak, and five to the Viru Prison outbreak (involving three employees and two family members of those employees). 

The five new cases from the southern region were added to an outbreak at a birthday party in Võru. The infected persons were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. As of this morning, what is being termed the Võru birthday party outbreak involves twelve cases in total. The Health Board’s southern regional department is monitoring almost 275 people in connection with the spread of coronavirus, of whom thirty have fallen ill. 

Of the two new cases which were added from Pärnu County, one was connected to travelling abroad (to Austria and Italy), and the other was an individual who had been in contact with a person from Võru County who has also tested positive. Of the party of ten who travelled to Austria and Italy, five positive cases have been added to Pärnu County’s total and four to Võru County’s total. The remaining one individual had already had coronavirus in the spring and has now tested negative. The western regional department is monitoring twenty people, of whom eight have fallen ill. 

Due to an increase in the spread of the virus in Võru County, the Health Board’s cooperation partner has today started collecting samples at a new testing site in Võru. The drive-in testing site, which is manned by nurses from Qvalitas, is located near the car wash in the Kagukeskus Centre car park at 4 Kooli St. Samples are collected based on a referral by a family physician. Once the referral has been received, the call centre will connect with the individual concerned to book a time for testing. Samples are transported by SYNLAB to their lab in Tallinn where they are analysed. Test results are sent to tested individuals within 24 hours. 

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. 

Seven people are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus 

As of the morning of 8 September, seven people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with no patients on a ventilator. No new cases were opened or closed within the past 24 hours. 

As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 418 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 405 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. 

As of 8 September, a total of 2,195 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 1,666 people have been closed (75.9% of the total) and, in the case of 529 people (24.1%), 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 country overall in the last fourteen days is 20.32. 

More than 163,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 2,564 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.koroonakaart.ee/en.

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/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 103,674 occasions, and twenty-four 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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