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26.05.2021

Soite’s area remains in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase – 5 new coro­n­avirus cases

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group met on Wednes­day 26th of May 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture and rec­om­men­da­tions. Soite’s area remains in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. Changes were made to the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions for dis­tance learn­ing on the upper sec­ondary school lev­el as well as for hob­bies. The time the rec­om­men­da­tions will remain in effect was extend­ed until the 15th of June 2021. Five new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area.

The num­ber of coro­n­avirus infec­tions have begun to decrease, but the sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous. The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is 204/100.000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area. The major­i­ty of the new infec­tions have been con­firmed in peo­ple who were already in quar­an­tine, but infec­tions are still also being con­firmed among peo­ple who are not in quar­an­tine, and mass expo­sures in schools and at work­places are also being report­ed. 1.7% of the coro­n­avirus tests are pos­i­tive. Three COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­n­ian cen­tral hospital.

Spe­cial mea­sures have been tak­en at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­n­ian cen­tral hos­pi­tal and at Soite’s hous­ing ser­vice units to pre­vent the spread of the virus to Soite’s units. Safe­ty mea­sures and screen­ing of patients for coro­n­avirus infec­tions have been inten­si­fied at the cen­tral hospital.

The author­i­ty task group made the fol­low­ing changes to the region­al recommendations:

  • Upper secondary institutes in the area are in distance learning until the end of the semester.
  • Hobby activities outdoors in groups of max 10 people are possible if the corona safety instructions are followed.
  • Outdoors, in hobby groups for children and young people, Soite’s recommendations regarding restrictions on gatherings (max 10 persons) during the community transmission phase should be followed.

It is rec­om­mend­ed that cel­e­bra­tions of the end of the semes­ter in schools as well as upper sec­ondary school grad­u­a­tions are held on a small scale with­out an audi­ence and that safe­ty dis­tances and hygiene rec­om­men­da­tions are tak­en into account. The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion may still change quick­ly. More spe­cif­ic rec­om­men­da­tions on how to arrange cel­e­bra­tions may be issued next week, if necessary.

The new rec­om­men­da­tions remain in effect until the 15th of June 2021. All 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/

In order for the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion to calm down before sum­mer, it is impor­tant that every­one care­ful­ly fol­lows the rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing social gath­er­ings and the hygiene rec­om­men­da­tions for pre­ven­tion of the spread of infec­tions. It is now impor­tant to keep the num­ber of close con­tacts to a min­i­mum and to be mind­ful of prop­er use of face masks as well as to main­tain a safe­ty dis­tance of 2 meters and exer­cise good hand hygiene. Unnec­es­sary social gath­er­ings should be avoided!

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group has its actu­al next meet­ing on Wednes­day June 2nd 2021.

The sit­u­a­tion today

Five new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area. All cas­es were con­firmed among peo­ple who were already in quarantine.

The region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture can be found on Soite’s coro­na web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/corona-virus-info/  

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!

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