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11.05.2021

Soite’s area is in the accel­er­a­tion phase — five new infec­tions and stricter region­al recommendations

Cen­tral Ostrobothnia’s region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group gath­ered on Tues­day May 11th 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture as well as the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions. Soite’s area meets the key fig­ures of the accel­er­a­tion phase, so the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing social gath­er­ings will be made stricter and the stu­dents at Kokkolan ammat­tiopis­to (Kokko­la voca­tion­al school) will switch to dis­tance learn­ing. Five new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area. The cas­es are relat­ed to the exten­sive chain of infec­tion we have informed about before.

Last week (week 18), a total of 20 new coro­n­avirus infec­tions were con­firmed in Soite’s area. The per­cent­age of pos­i­tive sam­ples was 1.2% (num­ber of tests cir­ca 1600) Over the past 14 days, a total of 26 coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area and the inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing the last 14 days is cur­rent­ly 33.5/100,000 cit­i­zens. No patients are cur­rent­ly receiv­ing treat­ment for COVID-19 at the Cen­tral Hospital.

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion in the area has become sig­nif­i­cant­ly worse dur­ing the past week and the sit­u­a­tion is seri­ous. Soite’s area meets the key indi­ca­tors of the accel­er­a­tion phase and it is there­fore nec­es­sary to make the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions stricter. The changes to the rec­om­men­da­tions are as follows:

  • the recommendation for private gatherings indoors is max 10 people
  • the recommendation for private gatherings outdoors is max 20 people
  • all indoor recreational activities for adults and children will be suspended
  • In Kokkola, the students at Kokkola vocational campus (ammattikampuksen oppimisympäristö) who study at Keski-Pohjanmaan ammattiopisto, Kokkolan kaupungin ammattilukio and Ammattiopisto Luovi will switch to distance learning between May 12th and 23rd 2021.
  • Students, teachers and others who may have visited Kokkola vocational campus on Wednesday May 5th or after that will be in self-quarantine.

The new region­al coro­n­avirus rec­om­men­da­tions remain in effect from May 12th to May 23rd 2021. All cur­rent reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/

In the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency’s (AVI) cur­rent deci­sion, the max­i­mum num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in pub­lic events and pub­lic gath­er­ings is 50 peo­ple. The Agency will inform sep­a­rate­ly about pos­si­ble changes to the restric­tions on num­bers of participants.

We now ask every­one to observe the coro­n­avirus rec­om­men­da­tions care­ful­ly. It is now very impor­tant to keep the num­ber of close con­tacts to a min­i­mum and to be mind­ful of prop­er use of face masks, main­tain a safe­ty dis­tance of 2 meters and prac­tice good hand hygiene. Unnec­es­sary social gath­er­ings should be avoid­ed! The coro­n­avirus hygiene instruc­tions and region­al rec­om­men­da­tions for the pre­ven­tion of coro­n­avirus infec­tion must be followed.

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group has its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 19th of May 2021 or ear­li­er if the sit­u­a­tion requires it.

The sit­u­a­tion today

Five 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.

No new places of mass expo­sure have been added to the list. Pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tions of exposure:

  • Sunday 2nd of May between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Word of Faith Church Finland church service, Kokkola.
  • Tuesday 4th of May between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 a.m. the gym Kuntokeskus Liikku, Kokkola.
  • Tuesday 4th of May between 4.30 pm to 6 pm the gym Kuntokeskus Liikku, Kokkola.
  • Tuesday 4th of May between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. swimming centre Vesiveijari, Kokkola.
  • Wednesday 5th of May between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Keski-Pohjanmaan ammattiopisto (the unit at Närvilänkatu 8), the Jobsteri event, Kokkola.
  • Wednesday 5th of May between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kokkolan keilahalli (Kokkola bowling alley)
  • Wednesday 5th of May between 7 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. swimming centre Vesiveijari, Kokkola.
  • Friday 7th of May from 8 am to 16 pm Rengasmarket, Kokkola.
  • Thursday 6th of May 2021 circa 6.50 am to 7.30 am Osmo Aho Oy's bus journey between Kaustinen and Kokkola vocational school campus (Kokkolan ammattikampus).
  • Thursday 6th of May 2021 circa 1.45 pm to 2.30 pm Osmo Aho Oy's bus journey between Kokkola vocational school campus (Kokkolan ammattikampus) and Kaustinen.
  • Thursday 6th of May 2021 circa 3.10 pm to 4.10 pm Osmo Aho Oy's bus journey between Kokkola vocational school (Kokkolan ammattikampus) campus and Kaustinen.
  • Friday 7th of May 2021 circa 6.50 am to 7.30 am Osmo Aho Oy's bus journey between Kaustinen and Kokkola vocational school campus.
  • Friday 7th of May 2021 circa 12.00 noon to 12.45 pm Osmo Aho Oy's bus journey between Kokkola vocational school campus and Kaustinen.
  • Friday 7th of May 2021 10 am to 11 am Fire hazard drill (organized by Alholmens Kraft Oy).

We ask those who vis­it­ed these places to observe them­selves for any symp­toms and quick­ly book an appoint­ment for 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: https://www.omaolo.fi/?lang=en
  • 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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