1.4 Monitoring and surveillance
Update 15 February:
According to the improvements in the epidemiological situation the government has decided that it would track incidence only at the national level, without looking at the situation of the individual regions.
Update 30 December:
The situation has stabilised and levelled-off at a high level of around 1300 new daily positive cases, around 1200 hospitalised and 200 on intensive care.
A total of 2379 persons have died (data for Sunday, 20 December 2020). The percentage of positive tests among all tested remains high, between 25 and 33%.
There are important regional differences across Slovenia, where Western regions and Central Slovenian region have much lower incidence rates than Eastern and North-Eastern. This is important to keep in mind as this has been used as the ground for a differentiated approach to measures over the holiday period.
Update 26 June:
After a lot of public debate, the government decided to support the development of a tracking and tracing app, and its use should be made compulsory for all who tested positive.
On 17 August 2020 the app #OstaniZdrav (#StayHealthy) was launched for voluntary self-tracking of potential exposure through close contacts. It follows the design of the German app. On 1 September an iOS version was also published for iPhones.
The National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) carries out monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 cases and their contacts through its network of 9 regional offices, where regional/field epidemiologists are responsible for contact registration and contact tracing. The NIJZ is responsible for the registry of communicable diseases and consequently receives all data on registered cases as well as other data related to patients. These data were initially published on the website of NIJZ and mirrored on the website of the Ministry of Health. Since 23 March 2020 they have been published and updated directly on the Government website (see Section 1.1 Health communication) and the Government’s Twitter account.
All critical care admissions, anyone presenting with flu or flu-like respiratory symptoms (as of 19 March 2020) and symptomatic nursing home residents in a local outbreak are now tested for COVID-19 as part of surveillance, although the latter two do not meet the case definition. All swabs, detected cases, hospitalisations for COVID-19, all ICU admissions and deaths are recorded and reported daily through the Government website (also see Section 1.5 on Testing).