Kuressaare Hospital on Saaremaa has announced it will set restrictions on hospital and care home visits starting Tuesday, due to the developments of the epidemiological situation in Estonia.
The hospital announced it will still allow visits if the visitor is cleared medically, the patient has not had any contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 14 days, the patient has no respiratory illnesses or a flu over 37.5C, and has not travelled from a high-risk country over the last 14 days. A list of these countries can be seen here.
Kuressaare Hospital's decision to limit visitations comes in the light of a potential outbreak in Tartu, when a person displaying symptoms visited many public spaces, most notably a party at Vabank night club, which directly led to at least 29 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed, as of Monday.
The island of Saaremaa was the hardest hit region in Estonia during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April, with travel between the island and mainland Estonia suspended in March. By March 27, cases diagnosed in Saaremaa (218) overtook Harju County (208), with then-mayor Madis Kallas also among those to contract COVID-19. However, since late April its rate has flatlined, with the last recorded case on the island being on the last day of that month.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste