Kohtla-Järve kindergarten, sports club closed after staff contract COVID-19 ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Coronavirus samples being tested in a lab.
Coronavirus samples being tested in a lab. Source: Ser Amantio di Nicolao/Wikimedia Commons

A kindergarten and sports center in Kohtla-Järve, Ida-Viru County, are to close for a week following staff members at both contracting coronavirus.

The Rükkilill kindergarten and the sports center, Kohtla-Järve Spordikeskus, closed from Monday, initially for the rest of this week, pending further monitoring.

One staff member of the kindgergarten tested positive for COVID-19, while two sports center employees also picked up the virus.

The kindergarten worker is self-quarantining at home for two weeks and being monitored by the Health Board (Terviseamet), as are their close contacts.

Both the board and the Kohtla-Järve city government have ruled that the two infected individuals and their close contacts will also be at home for two weeks, whereas the remaining staff members will quarantine for a week.

Ida-Viru County has seen an outbreak of coronavirus with 54 cases linked to an oil shale mine, 15 to a bar in the town of Jõhvi (whose infections crossed over with the mine outbreak after two miners who were carrying the virus visited the premises), along with eight linked to another oil shale mine, and six to an individual who had traveled from the U.K. to visit relatives.

Altogether, over 700 people in Ida-Viru County are being monitored by the Health Board as a result.

Late-night alcohol sales in bars, clubs and restaurants have been banned in an effort to curb the viral spread; a ban had already been in place in Tartu County, and from the weekend, in Harju County, Estonia's most populous region, and three southeastern counties, ahead of next weekend's WRC Rally Estonia.

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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