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05.01.2022

The Author­i­ty Task Group Sug­gests Stricter Region­al Restric­tions on Gath­er­ings – the Num­ber of Coro­n­avirus Cas­es is Increas­ing Quick­ly in Soite’s Area

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­n­ian region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group gath­ered on Wednes­day 5th of Jan­u­ary 2022 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. Due to the omi­cron vari­ant of the coro­n­avirus, the num­ber of coro­n­avirus infec­tions is quick­ly increas­ing in the Soite area. The group of author­i­ties sug­gests that the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency lim­its the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants at pub­lic events and pub­lic gath­er­ings indoors to 10 per­sons and that sec­tion 58 d of the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act be applied to Soite’s area. The region­al face mask rec­om­men­da­tion was expand­ed to include pri­ma­ry schools in the area from fifth grade up.

The inci­dence of coro­n­avirus con­tin­ues to increase quick­ly in Soite’s area. The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 459/100,000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area and the inci­dence dur­ing 14 days is 355. Just yes­ter­day, 59 new infec­tions were con­firmed in Soite’s area. Last week a total of 1,800 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en, of which 11.4 per­cent were pos­i­tive. Three COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hos­pi­tal. There are cur­rent­ly no coro­n­avirus patients in inten­sive care.

Last week, only 41% of infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons already in quar­an­tine. Still, 82 per­cent of the infec­tions have been traced. How­ev­er, the num­ber of coro­n­avirus infec­tions is increas­ing so quick­ly that Soite has to pri­or­i­tize infec­tion track­ing and because of this, per­sons who have received a pos­i­tive coro­n­avirus test result can no longer be called indi­vid­u­al­ly. Per­sons who have been infect­ed will receive a text mes­sage that pro­vides short instruc­tions for how to act and instruc­tions for when to con­tact Soite. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion in the mes­sage pub­lished on Jan­u­ary 4th 2022.

Infec­tions are spread­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly among chil­dren, young peo­ple and young adults. The major­i­ty of infec­tions was con­firmed among per­sons younger than 20 years and per­sons in the age group 20 to 29. Only 12 per­cent of the infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons aged 60 and old­er. Regard­ing the coro­n­avirus sta­tis­tics, the major­i­ty of infec­tions with the omi­cron vari­ant of the coro­n­avirus has been con­firmed in per­sons who are vac­ci­nat­ed. Although the num­ber of infec­tions has increased, the need for hos­pi­tal care has not increased in the area. It is espe­cial­ly impor­tant to take the coro­n­avirus vac­cine now that the quick­ly spread­ing omi­cron vari­ant is present in the area, as the vac­cine pro­tects you from seri­ous forms of coro­n­avirus dis­ease in particular.

Soite’s area is still being clas­si­fied as an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion. The region­al rec­om­men­da­tions remain large­ly unchanged, but the region­al face mask rec­om­men­da­tion was expand­ed to include pri­ma­ry schools from fifth grade up. A rec­om­men­da­tion about remote work is in effect in the area until 31st of Jan­u­ary 2022.

The group of author­i­ties sug­gests that the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency of West­ern and Inland Fin­land should re-eval­u­ate the restric­tions con­cern­ing pub­lic events and pub­lic gath­er­ings so that for one month, the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants allowed at gath­er­ings in the area would be lim­it­ed to 10 per­sons. The cur­rent restric­tion issued by the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency of West­ern and Inland Fin­land lim­its the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants at indoor pub­lic events and pub­lic gath­er­ings to 20. The restric­tion is in effect until the 30th of Jan­u­ary 2022. The group of author­i­ties also sug­gests that sec­tion 58 d of the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act should be applied to Soite’s area. The pro­pos­al will be reviewed by the Agency, which will make a deci­sion regard­ing it.

Cur­rent reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­na web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/ 

The author­i­ty task group would like to remind every­one that you should not leave your home if you have even only mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion. Espe­cial­ly those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have received only one dose of the vac­cine should seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing with­out delay and even if they have only very mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infection.

We strong­ly rec­om­mend that you get ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed against the coro­n­avirus, as the coro­n­avirus is not going away and it will be very dif­fi­cult to avoid the dis­ease in the future. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed. Vac­ci­na­tions give an effec­tive pro­tec­tion against severe forms of coro­n­avirus disease.

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions with a third dose have been off to a good start in the Soite area. Vac­ci­na­tions are main­ly done dur­ing walk-in vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing, which means you can come to a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion when it suits you best. The timetable for vac­ci­na­tions can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group will hold its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 12th of Jan­u­ary 2022 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. If there are changes in the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion, the author­i­ty task group will con­vene if nec­es­sary. The author­i­ty task group con­sists of experts from the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare (THL), the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency (AVI), Cen­tre for Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment, Trans­port and the Envi­ron­ment (ELY) and Soite.

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