Ten new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in past day

Coronavirus testing site in Kohtla-Järve.
Coronavirus testing site in Kohtla-Järve. Source: Rene Kundla/ERR

667 tests of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 were analyzed in Estonia over the past 24 hours. Ten tests came back positive. The case rate for the past 14 days now stands at 13.8 per 100,000 people.

Data from the population register shows seven cases were confirmed in Harju County and three in Ida-Viru County.

New Tallinn outbreak result of ignoring isolation order

Of the seven new cases in Harju County, all of which were diagnosed in the capital Tallinn. Three are local and two of those were the result of catching the disease from a family member. The circumstances of the remaining cases are still being ascertained.

The Health Board's regional department north is monitoring a group of six people who have taken ill which constitutes a new outbreak.

The outbreak started at a club in Tallinn's Ülemiste City on August 21 where a person who had recently returned from Spain was among the visitors. They tested positive for COVID-19 on August 22.

The Health Board contacted people who had been in close contact with the patient and ordered them to isolate on the same day. Five close contacts of the person had been diagnosed with COVID-19 by Sunday. The Health Board has notified Ülemiste City of the incident.

New Ida-Viru County outbreak

One person diagnosed in Ida-Viru County lives in Tartu and will be contacted by the Health Board's southern department. Another case concerns an Ida-Viru County prison guard; the Health Board and the Viru Prison have determined their close contacts.

One Ida-Viru case concerns a close contact of a person who traveled to Estonia to visit relatives from the United Kingdom. Five close contacts of the UK resident have now taken ill in total, adding another outbreak in Ida-Viru County. A total of six people are associated with the outbreak. Patients tested and currently residing in the UK are not counted as part of the outbreak in Estonia.

The Estonia oil shale mine outbreak now covers 54 cases. The virus started spreading among staff and their family members after two mine employees visited the Jõhvi Kelder bar. As the two employees are counted as part of the Jõhvi Kelder outbreak, the Estonia mine outbreak officially concerns 52 cases.

The so-called Jõhvi Kelder outbreak in Ida-Viru County covers 15 patrons in all.

The Ojamaa oil shale mine outbreak concerns eight people.

The Health Board monitoring over 1,200 people

The Health Board's northern regional department is monitoring over 300 close contacts and 70 cases of COVID-19. The eastern department is monitoring around 700 people, 96 of whom have been diagnosed. The board's southern and western arms are keeping an eye on over 80 close contacts and 18 patients.

Nine people in need of hospital treatment

As of the morning of August 30, nine people are being treated in hospital. There are no patients on assisted breathing. One person was discharged and one person hospitalized over the past 24 hours.

Hospitals have closed 410 COVID-19 cases concerning 397 people by Sunday.

In total, 2,088 people have recovered, with 1,583 cases closed (75.8 percent) and 506 (4.2 percent) waiting to be declared healthy after going 28 days without testing positive.

Estonia has administered a total of 147,902 initial tests. Of these, 2,373 or 1.6 percent of have been positive for SARS-CoV-2.

More accurate coronavirus testing statistics can be viewed in English, Russian or Estonian on koroonakaart.

Health Board: People need to remain isolated when awaiting test results after returning from abroad

The Health Board reminds people they should remain isolated and monitor their health for two weeks after returning from a high-risk country. Attending any kind of social gatherings is not allowed.

People must also remain isolated when awaiting test results – decisions by healthcare workers to send people in for testing are based on reasonable doubt.

A list of countries which are deemed high-risk can be seen here.


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Editor: Marcus Turovski

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