Testing for the virus

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  • Tests should be done if symptoms appear. Symptoms usually appear 5-6 days after infection. In some cases, the person infected is contagious a day or two before the symptoms appear.

  • If symptoms appear, stay at home, and call your family doctor. The family doctor will decide whether a test is needed and will give health advice.

  • If the family doctor decides that you need a test, they will send an electronic request to the laboratory and they will call you to agree on the place and time for the test. Wait for the call. Tests can also be done at weekends and on national holidays.

  • All people who receive a letter of referral from their family doctor can book their time for testing for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. After the letter of referral arrives, the public testing system will send a text message to the phone number provided in the letter of referral with a link for e-registration option. This message will be sent to people aged 18 and over. The patient needs to identify themselves with their ID-card or Mobile-ID in the e-registration environment. This helps people to book their testing time, and they do not have to wait for the testing centre to call them.

  • The service is not compulsory, it is an additional option. If you do not wish to use e-registration or you do not receive the text message for technical reasons, then the testing centre will call you for registration in the order of the letters of referral received.

  • Take an ID document with you to the test and be on time.

  • Only a person with an electronic referral can give the nasopharyngeal sample at the agreed time with an ID document. There is no point in coming just in case, only people with a prior registration are tested. You should come alone for the test.

  • Wait for the result. You will be called within two working days. The results will also be in the digilugu.ee portal.

  • If your test is positive, stay at home and follow the advice of your family doctor. If your health deteriorates, contact your family doctor again or call an ambulance on 112. 

  • If Covid-19 infection is confirmed you must remain in self-isolation as ordered by your doctor, following the same rules as those required to quarantine following the Order of the Government No. 257. In either case you may only leave the self-isolation in exceptional circumstances (emergencies, police instructions, or transport to the hospital due to health reasons).

Last updated: 12.10.2020 10:02

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Coronavirus test will be done for:

  • people at any age with symptoms
  • people at any age with any medical indication
  • people receiving hospital in-patient care with virus symptoms

The need for testing is determined by the family doctor who has been provided with specific guidelines which have been agreed jointly by family doctors and the Health Board. The guidelines will help the doctor to make decisions regarding the coronavirus. The family doctor takes into account all the recommendations in the guidelines and evaluates each patient case separately. When deciding, the doctor will take into account the patient’s symptoms, general health and all related diseases. If necessary, the family doctor will direct the patient for testing.

If a person falls ill or has any other health concerns, they should first contact their family doctor or the family doctor help line 1220.

Last updated: 06.10.2020 16:44

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  • If you have fallen ill, call your family doctor. The family doctor will evaluate the need for testing and give medical advice. If testing is necessary, the family doctor will send the order to the laboratory and they will call you to book a time and place of testing. Wait for the call!

  • Make sure that your family doctor has your phone number, otherwise the call centre cannot contact you.

  • If you have received the referral note from the family doctor, you can make your own appointment for coronavirus testing. A short message will be sent to the registered telephone number by the public testing system after receipt of the letter of referral, which includes the e-registration link. The message is received by people aged 18 and more. The patient needs to identify themself by using their ID card or a mobile ID in the e-registration environment. This allows for fast booking time, and there will be no need to wait for the call from the testing centre. This service is an additional option. People not willing to use the e-registration or who cannot receive the text message due to technical problems, will receive a phone call from the testing centre in the order of referral letters received.

  • Bring a personal identification document and arrive in time. Nasal swab will be taken upon presenting your identification. Tests will be carried out only for persons with a digital referral from a family doctor and who have registered to get tested. Do not bring along family members when you come for a test.

  • If you cannot go to the testing location by car, an appointment will be made over the phone for a tester to come to your home.

  • After you have been tested, stay at home and wait for the results. You will receive the results within two working days. If the result was positive, you will get a phone call. The results will also be entered into the patient portal digilugu.ee.

  • If your test result was positive, remain at home and follow the recommendations of your family doctor!

  • If your condition deteriorates, contact your family doctor or call an ambulance by dialling 112.

Additional information: https://synlab.ee/algab-perearsti-saatekirjaga-koroonaviiruse-laiendatud-testimine/

Last updated: 12.10.2020 10:02

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The virus is new, only having emerged at the end of December 2019. It is yet too early to say whether suffering though the disease will create immunity or not.

Last updated: 06.10.2020 16:50

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You can pay to get a coronavirus test from providers including Confido https://broneerimine.confido.ee/ , Medicum https://www.medicum.ee/ , SYNLAB https://minu.synlab.ee/toode/koroonaviiruse-maaramine , Qvalitas Arstikeskus https://qvalitas.ee/et/ and others.

It is reasonable for people showing signs of illness to take a test or if there is a medical reason for it. People showing no signs of infection do not need to take a test as the test result reflects only the moment of testing and a negative result can create a false sense of security and does not mean there will be no infection in the near future.

Last updated: 14.09.2020 10:44

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Persons who have tested positive will definitely receive a phone call. Testing and providing information on test results takes time due to excessive workload, but usually the results come in within 2 days.

When the person tests negative, the test results will be entered to the digital Patient Portal digilugu.ee, and not everybody will receive a phone call. You can access digilugu.ee website using your ID-card or Mobile-ID.

Last updated: 17.04.2020 16:11

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People arriving on foot at the Port of Tallinn, terminals A and D, can take their test with a clinician from Confido, and people arriving at the Tallinn airport can approach the Qvalitas testing point with their letter of referral. The letter of referral will be provided at the airport. Issuing the letter of referral and taking the test will take about five minutes. Testing will take place on a first-come-first-serve basis at the port and airport. The testing sites are open until the last passenger by boat or plane has arrived.

Passengers arriving from a high-risk country at any other sea port or airport or by train or road transport , can get tested by booking a time with the SYNLAB and Medicum testing centres by calling tel 678 0000 (Monday-to-Friday 9 am to 5 pm). Priority in testing will be given to those with symptoms of the disease, therefore the waiting time will be one to two days. If you already know your time of arrival, it is recommended to book the test in advance.

Tests can be carried out in public testing points in Estonia in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Narva, Kohtla-Järve, Viljandi, Paide, Rakvere, Kuressaare and Kärdla.

People who have the Estonian ID-code can test for free, foreign nationals can use card-payment to pay for the test.

In order to reduce the 14-day self-isolation period, the second test must be performed no earlier than on the seventh day following the results of the previous test result. The second test must be negative in order to end the self-isolation period. In order to take the test for free (with the Estonian ID-code), a time must be booked by calling tel 678 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm). Testing for a fee is available with all the service providers.

Last updated: 08.10.2020 11:32

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Currently there are 14 public coronavirus testing sites where you can go with a personal identification document at a pre-booked time to give a nasopharyngeal sample for the coronavirus test.

In order to book a time you must call the booking line of the testing centre 678 0000. Calls are taken from Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00.

The testing sites are located at:

  • Tallinn, Haabersti -- Paldiski mnt 104b, next to Saku Suurhall (SYNLAB tent)
  • Tallinn, Mustamägi -- Ehitajate tee 27, the parking lot of the Mustamäe Health Center (Medicum tent)
  • Tallinn, Lasnamägi -- Narva mnt 95, the Mäe gate of the Tallinn Song Festival Ground (Medicum tent)
  • Tartu -- Laulupeo puiestee 25, near the song festival ground (Qvalitas tent)
  • Viljandi -- the Viljandi market square (SYNLAB bus)
  • Pärnu -- Rannapark P1 the parking lot of Naisterand (Qvalitas tent)
  • Rakvere -- Tuleviku 1, the Rakvere polyclinic (SYNLAB office)
  • Paide -- Tallinna mnt 47, parking lot (SYNLAN bus)
  • Kuressaare -- Aia 25, in front of the main entrance of the Kuressaare hospital
  • Narva -- Joala 20, Narva Gate (Corrigo office)
  • Kohtla-Järve -- Ilmajaama 14, in the parking lot of the G-block (Ida-Viru Central Hospital tent)
  • Hiiumaa -- the location of giving the sample is agreed upon with Hiiumaa Hospital
  • Võru -- Kooli 4, in the parking lot of Kagukeskus, near the car wash (Qvalitas tent)

Last updated: 24.09.2020 16:46

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The self-isolation time of a close contact cannot be reduced.

Last updated: 24.09.2020 16:46

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Due to the increase in testing volumes, the waiting lines are slightly longer. If you gave a correct phone number when the referral was issued, you will definitely be contacted.

Last updated: 24.09.2020 17:01

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Foreign nationals will have to pay a fee to take the test, the coronavirus test at the port and the airport will cost EUR 67, in other places the prices will be indicated by the service provider.

Testing can be carried out by the following service providers:

Last updated: 01.10.2020 09:36

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For taking a sample, the most important thing is that the sample should contain a sufficient amount of virus material. Regarding the method used currently in Estonia, in Europe, and most of the world, it enables to detect the virus in its´ early stages which allows to quarantine the patient immediately.

The second advantage is related to the reliability of the test.

Using a spit test as an alternative to nasal swab would be easier but the sample quantity would need to be standardised (the sufficient quantity of spit provided as a sample). If mass testing is necessary, then the time factor is important, considering how long it would take to spit versus how long it will take to get a nasal swab. With a spit test there is an additional hazard of cross-contamination of the container, and a risk to further the spread of the virus. There have been only a few studies carried out for spit testing, and there are no clear recommendations regarding spit tests from international organisations.

Last updated: 12.10.2020 10:02

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).