Ida-, Lääne-Viru counties new COVID-19 committee meets first time Thursday ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Ailar Holzmann, who is heading up the committee.
Ailar Holzmann, who is heading up the committee. Source: Eastern Rescue Center.

The committee will be headed up by Ailar Hozlmann, head of the eastern region rescue center (Päästekeskus), who will be joined by Marje Muusikus, head of the Health Board's (Terviseamet) eastern region, and Tarvo Krupp, head of the eastern district prefect, and will convene for the first time on Thursday, via a remote video link.

The committee will discuss ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Ida-Viru County, the focal point of a recent, localized outbreak centered on a bar in the town of Jõhvi and linked to a nearby oil shale mine.

The systematic coordination of information and resources will lead to significantly better monitoring of the coronavirus, Holzmann says.

"Every crisis can only be regulated effectively via coherent cooperation. At the moment, our co-operation requires a joint effort from the state, local authorities and the population of Virumaa," Holzmann said.

Wednesday's coronavirus figures released by the Health Board yielded one case in Lääne-Viru County in addition to nine in Ida-Viru County.

Marje Muusikus said how quickly the virus gets under control depends largely on the public and their sense of responsibility and behavior, adding that they asked people to follow the Health Board's guidelines and avoid crowded locations.

All local municipalities in Ida-Viru County, along with the Lääne-Viru County association of municipalities, the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), the Social Insurance Board (Sotsiaalkindlustusamet ), the education ministry, the rescue center, Narva, Rakvere and Ida-Viru Central hospitals, Karell ambulance service and the Health Board are participating in the committee's activities, ERR's online Estonian news reports.

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