11 new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area — restric­tions on social gath­er­ings in hob­bies were tightened

Today Fri­day 21st of May 2021 both Cen­tral Ostrobothnia’s region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group and Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered for an extra meet­ing. Anoth­er 11 coro­n­avirus cas­es have again been con­firmed in Soite’s area and the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions for hob­bies out­doors were tight­ened to max 10 participants.

11 new coro­n­avirus cas­es have again been con­firmed in Soite’s area. The cas­es are part of the same exten­sive chain of infec­tions we have informed about late­ly. The major­i­ty of the new infec­tions have been con­firmed in peo­ple who are already in quar­an­tine, but infec­tions among peo­ple who are not in quar­an­tine are still being con­firmed and the source of these has not been estab­lished with certainty.

The con­ges­tion of coro­n­avirus sam­ples is still being processed, which delays the test results. The com­plet­ed pro­cess­ing of the sam­ples may result in high­er dai­ly num­bers of new infec­tions report­ed in the com­ing days.

Two COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostrobothnia’s cen­tral hospital.

The inci­dence of coro­n­avirus infec­tions in the area is still ris­ing and there is still a risk that new exten­sive expo­sure sit­u­a­tions can occur.

Infor­ma­tion about a pos­si­ble exposure:

  • Tuesday May 18th 6 am to 2 pm S-Market Kälviä
  • Wednesday May 19th 6 am to 2 pm S-Market Kälviä

The list of all pos­si­ble places of expo­sure can be found at:

Soite is con­cerned about the infor­ma­tion that the iso­la­tion and quar­an­tine instruc­tions have not been fol­lowed by every­one. Soite wish­es to remind every­one that break­ing a quar­an­tine ordered by an infec­tious dis­ease physi­cian is ille­gal. Soite will, if need­ed, request assis­tance from the police.

The same coro­na guide­lines for infec­tion pre­ven­tion also apply regard­ing virus mutations:

  • reduce the number of close contact to a minimum - avoid all unnecessary social gatherings!
  • be sure to use a protective mask – mask use is recommended for everyone older than 12 years!
  • maintain a safety distance of 2 meters
  • maintain good hand hygiene
  • follow regional recommendations and restrictions

We urge every­one who has even mild symp­toms indica­tive of coro­n­avirus to quick­ly seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing. You should not go out­side your home even if you have only mild symptoms!

We also ask that quar­an­tined peo­ple exposed to the coro­n­avirus only con­tact Soite through one con­tact chan­nel, in order to avoid the same mat­ter being han­dled by sev­er­al pro­fes­sion­als at the same time. Con­cen­trat­ing all com­mu­ni­ca­tion to one chan­nel (e.g. Bud­dy­Care or the helpline) makes the job eas­i­er for Soite’s professionals.

The region­al COVID-19 task group tight­ened restric­tions on social gath­er­ings in hobbies

Cen­tral Ostrobothnia’s region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group gath­ered on Fri­day May 21st 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture as well as the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions. Soite’s area is in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase, and thus the author­i­ty group has issued stricter region­al rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing social gath­er­ings in hobbies:

The tighter restric­tions in hob­bies will take effect imme­di­ate­ly and will remain in effect until 1st of June 2021, as will oth­er region­al rec­om­men­da­tions. All cur­rent reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­na web­site:


Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are pro­gress­ing well with­in Soite’s area and it is expect­ed that Soite will receive a larg­er num­ber of vac­cine dos­es due to the wors­ened epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion. Exclud­ing addi­tion­al deliv­er­ies, 5700 coro­na vac­cine dos­es will become avail­able next week, of which 3700 are intend­ed for per­sons receiv­ing their first dose. It is esti­mat­ed that in Soite’s area there are cur­rent­ly about 5000 per­sons who have a right to their first vac­cine dose.

Cur­rent­ly, vac­ci­na­tion is open for all res­i­dents over the age of 50 as well as 16–64-year-old per­sons who belong to risk group 1 or 2 and have an ill­ness or con­di­tion that is very high­ly or high­ly pre­dis­pos­ing to severe coro­n­avirus disease.

Appoint­ment book­ing by phone will open anew on Tues­day 25th of May 2021 at 12 noon and more appoint­ments will also become avail­able in the Oma­hoito elec­tron­ic appoint­ment book­ing sys­tem on Tues­day at 12 noon.

  • Electronic appointment booking in the Omahoito service on the address: is open for all groups currently eligible for vaccination. More appointments will become available on Tuesday at 12 noon. Log on to the Omahoito service with your online bank user identifiers (or some other means of strong identification) in order to book an appointment for yourself. Days on which appointment times are available will be marked with green in the web calendar. You can book an appointment for another person if you have made an agreement regarding this. Read more: (in Finnish).
  • Telephone booking on 06 828 7488 opens Tuesdays at 12 noon. The telephone line is open as long as appointments are available. The line will be cut when the number of available appointments runs out. At other times, those who call will hear a message on the phone. You can also book an appointment for an elderly person by phone.

Appoint­ment times will be added to the elec­tron­ic book­ing sys­tem at oth­er times as well if they become avail­able due to can­cel­la­tions or sud­den increas­es in the num­ber of vac­cines. The Oma­hoito ser­vice is open 24/7. Days on which appoint­ment times are avail­able will be marked with green in the web calendar.

Please fol­low Soite’s chan­nels on the web and on social media as well as the local media in order to see when your age group has the right to a vaccination!


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