Estonian Health Board implements new measures since the 25th of October to manage the growing number of COVID-19 patients. In health emergencies, only people whose condition is urgent will be hospitalized. All scheduled treatments will be put on hold.
By the order signed today, ambulances can use the volunteers and not fully manned brigades when helping with emergencies. Also, the first aid brigades are allowed to use their operating margin.
All stationary medical care providers must be prepared to take in some COVID-19 patients, but the safety of other patients must be guaranteed. Temporarily, other health services are put on hold for people whose condition is not considered an active emergency. Also, general health care must prioritize emergencies and urgent health care.
The last time Estonian Health Board raised the risk level was on the 20th of August, and after that, it was decided to prioritize vaccination. Currently, the risk of spread of the coronavirus is very high. 446 people are in the hospital because of it, 39 of them are in intensive care, and 20 people are in assisted breathing. It's likely that the epidemic growth continues at least for the next 2-3 weeks.
The Source: Estonian Health Board