Two guests at Pärnu County private party contract coronavirus ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Testing kit for the COVID-19 virus.
Testing kit for the COVID-19 virus. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

A 83-person get-together was held over the weekend at a privately owned school building in Nehatu, Pärnu County, which was followed by two attendees being diagnosed with COVID-19. Most of the guests were Finnish and have returned to their home country where they are now being monitored.

The old school building at Nehatu is currently in the hands of a private owner who is of Finnish descent. The host held a birthday party over the weekend of July 31 - August 2, attended by 80 people from Finland and three from Estonia.

Two Finns decided to visit the island of Muhumaa, where they were notified that one of the partygoers' roommates gave a positive COVID-19 test, leading the two to seek out testing at the North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH). Their tests turned out to be positive for COVID-19 and they were taken to West Tallinn Central Hospital for treatment.

Eike Kingsepp, media adviser for the Estonian Health Board, told ERR that most of the 80 atendees have returned to Finland where they are now being monitored by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

She added that there is no reason to talk of another outbreak, especially compared to the current outbreak in Tartu, where no less than 48 cases (as of August 5) have been traced back to two separate parties in Vabank night club and Naiiv bar.

The host of the party and other people who are still in Estonia are being monitored by the Health Board. They did not have much exposure to the public over the three days of partying, as they prepared their own food and attendees stayed in the old school building or in tents just outside.

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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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