16 new coro­n­avirus infec­tions con­firmed in Soite’s area — one of the ear­li­er infec­tions con­firmed to be the Indi­an vari­ant of the coronavirus

Six­teen new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area. The cas­es are part of the same exten­sive chain of infec­tions we have informed about dur­ing the last few days and which start­ed at a first of May brunch. The chain of infec­tions has led to sev­er­al fur­ther chains of infec­tion, the most exten­sive of which is one that start­ed from an expo­sure sit­u­a­tion at Kokkolan ammat­tikam­pus (Kokko­la voca­tion­al school).

The virus has been spread­ing quick­ly in the area as the cir­cum­stances have been favourable due to two expo­sure sit­u­a­tions. In total, 41 coro­n­avirus infec­tions have been con­firmed as part of the chain of infec­tions that start­ed from the first May brunch. Cir­ca 300 peo­ple have been quar­an­tined. The inci­dence of infec­tions in the region dur­ing the last 14 days has quick­ly risen to over 50/100,000 citizens

Sam­ples from the chain of infec­tions have been sent for analy­sis in order to find pos­si­ble virus muta­tions. The sequenc­ing result of one sam­ple has been con­firmed as the Indi­an vari­ant of the coro­n­avirus. Read more about the Indi­an vari­ant in THL’s mes­sage (in Finnish).

At present, the infec­tions are spread­ing in Soite’s area espe­cial­ly among young peo­ple and young adults, some of whom have very mild symp­toms. No patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed for COVID-19 at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Cen­tral Hospital.

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

  • reduce the number of close contact to a minimum - i.e. avoid all unnecessary social gatherings!
  • be sure to use a face mask carefully
  • keep a safety distance of 2 meters to other people
  • maintain good hand hygiene
  • follow the regional regulations and recommendations

The fol­low­ing places have been added to the list of pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tions of exposure:

  • Thursday 6th of May 2021 circa 9 am to 9.15 café Kulma, Kokkola
  • Thursday 6th of May 2021 4 pm to 6.30 pm restaurant Roja, Kokkola
  • Friday 7th of May 2021 11 am to 11.30 am restaurant Sigrids, Kokkola
  • Monday 10th of May 6.30 am to 7.30 am Osmo Aho Oy´s bus journey from Veteli to Kokkola
  • Monday 10th of May 3.10-4.10 Osmo Aho Oy’s bus journey from Kokkola to Veteli

The list of all pos­si­ble places of expo­sure can be found at Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site:

We urge every­one who has even just mild symp­toms that fit the coro­n­avirus to seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing.

Seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing ear­ly and even if you have only very mild symptoms:

  • Online by filling out the corona symptom evaluation at the address:
  • By calling Soite’s corona helpline: 06 828 7499 (open weekdays 8 am to 5 pm and weekends 8 am to 4 pm). Children (persons younger than 16 who are ill): Soite’s paediatric emergency clinic 06 826 4444 (open around the clock 24/7) If you require urgent care, call Soite's Medical Helpline, phone 116 117.

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