The average age of a patient being treated in hospital due to coronavirus has dropped to 57, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Thursday. There are 19 people being treated in hospitals across Estonia.
Currently, the youngest patient being treated is 16 and the oldest is 84, the agency told ERR.
In mid-June, the average age of patients hospitalized with the coronavirus was 64. Last week, it was 66 years old, and today the average age had dropped again.
Seven patients are in the West Tallinn Central Hospital (LTK) where people are sent if they do not need to be in intensive care in the North-Eastern region. If their condition declines they are sent to the North East Medical Center (PERH). As of Thursday, PERH is treating one patient with COVID-19.
As the coronavirus situation is worst in Harju County, LTK must be prepared for an increase in the number of patients. The hospital places COVID-19 patients in their infection clinic, 46 beds are currently available, of which nine also have intensive care capabilities.
Imbi Moks, head of LTK, told ERR: "If the number of patients needing care should increase drastically, we are able to create more bed places."
Infection clinic, nurses, doctors and care-takers deal with the patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis. Since the number of such patients is not large yet, the staff is managing just fine.
Moks noted: "If the number of patients were to increase, we would also need to include additional staff from our hospital's other departments. We have made the respective agreements with our workers about if they are needed in the infection clinic."
Ida-Viru Central Hospital is treating six COVID-19 patients. The hospital has the capacity to take in ten patients as of now, 16 without restricting scheduled treatments, according to Anna Medvedeva, the hospital's communications manager.
Medvedeva said: "Currently, it is important for us to maintain scheduled treatments in the regular amount. If the hospital were to significantly restrict scheduled treatments, as they did during the emergency situation in spring, we can increasingly raise that capacity to 60 places."
There are four COVID-19 patients in crack treatment at the University of Tartu Clinic.
Marek Seer, acting chairman of the management board of University of Tartu Hospital, said a requirement for 20 COVID-19 places has been set on the clinic.
Seer said: "The capacity limit of admitting patients depends on the epidemiological situation and the number of patients in need of treatment in Estonia. The clinic is following Estonia's situation carefully and is ready to increase the number of patient beds by reorganizing our treatments."
As there have been no new outbreaks in the Western region, there are currently no patients with coronavirus being treated at Pärnu Hospital.
The Health Board has previously said the coronavirus is now mainly being spread by young people. In Tallinn, most of new infections are related to people between the ages of 20 and 29 who have a lot of close contacts.
Editor: Helen Wright, Kristjan Kallaste