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

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The last 24 hours have seen a total of 320 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with three new positive test results being added.

Based on the data in the population register, all three positive test results came from Ida-Viru County. In one case the individual who was infected was a close contact of a person who had caught the infection from the Estonia Mine outbreak. In the remaining two cases, the origins of the infection are still being investigated.

More than thirty cases are related to the two outbreaks in Ida-Viru County

Nine visitors to the Jõhvi Kelder bar are now involved in what has become known as the Jõhvi Kelder outbreak in Ida-Viru County. Two of these individuals are employees of the Estonia Mine. Fifteen people in total are connected to the outbreak, with six of them family members or acquaintances of those individuals who were in the bar.

In total, thirteen employees of the Estonia Mine have been infected. The first two individuals to be infected were at the Jõhvi Kelder entertainment establishment. Another eight people who are family members or acquaintances of the mine employees have also fallen ill. Since the first two employees who were infected in the Jõhvi Kelder bar have been accounted for as part of the Jõhvi Kelder outbreak, there are currently nineteen coronavirus cases in total that are related to the Estonia Mine outbreak. 

A 76 year-old woman who had been infected with coronavirus has died

As of the morning of 24 August, eleven people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with no patients on a ventilator. No new patients were discharged from hospitals and two new COVID-19 case were opened.

In Ida-Viru County, a 76 year-old woman with concomitant diseases who had been infected with coronavirus has died while being treated in hospital. 

Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of a total of 64 people in Estonia. As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 402 cases relating to COVID-19 which have involved 389 people. 

A total of 2,025 people have recovered from COVID-19 by today. The cases of 1,543 people have been closed (76.2% of the total) and, in the case of 482 people (23.8%), 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 8.9.

More than 141,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 2,275 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 anyone 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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