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22.09.2021

Soite’s area remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic – infec­tions main­ly in young unvac­ci­nat­ed people

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 task group met on Wednes­day 22nd of Sep­tem­ber 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area. Infec­tions occur main­ly among young unvac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple. The author­i­ty task group rec­om­mends that social gath­er­ings are avoid­ed, espe­cial­ly among younger age groups, where the vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age is still low­er than the tar­get per­cent­age. The region remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic and region­al rec­om­men­da­tions remain unchanged.

Over the past 14 days, a total of 38 coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite and the inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 96/100,000 cit­i­zens. Last week a total of 1,427 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en and the share of pos­i­tive test results has increased to 2.6 per­cent. The trace­abil­i­ty of the chains of infec­tion is 85 %. One patient is cur­rent­ly being treat­ed for coro­n­avirus infec­tion at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal. A coro­n­avirus expo­sure sit­u­a­tion that occurred on Mon­day 20th of Sep­tem­ber from 12 noon to 12:30 pm at Kokko­la Cen­tria can­teen (Talon­po­jankatu 2) has been added to the list of pos­si­ble expo­sures to the coro­n­avirus.

Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are main­ly occur­ring among unvac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple and peo­ple who have only recent­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed. The aver­age age of those infect­ed is cur­rent­ly 32 years. Infec­tions have been con­firmed most fre­quent­ly in 10–19-year-old per­sons (42%) and 20–29-year-old per­sons (21%). The major­i­ty of infec­tions were infec­tions that occurred with­in the fam­i­ly. The sec­ond largest source of infec­tions has in recent days been gath­er­ings in the spare time.

The author­i­ty task group rec­om­mends that social gath­er­ings are avoid­ed, espe­cial­ly among younger age groups, where the vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age is still low­er than the tar­get per­cent­age (80%). You can check the vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age via Soite’s coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion indicator.

You should not go to school or work if you have symp­toms. It is easy to get test­ed for coro­n­avirus infec­tions in the Soite area and it is rec­om­mend­ed that those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have received only one dose of the vac­cine seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing with­out delay and even if they have only very mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion. While wait­ing for the result of the coro­n­avirus test, you must stay at home. For instruc­tions on how to act if a child has symp­toms of infec­tion and for instruc­tions on coro­n­avirus test­ing, vis­it Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/toimi-nain/ (avail­able in Finnish and Swedish).

It is safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vaccinated

The coro­n­avirus will cir­cu­late in the pop­u­la­tion for a long time to come, and vac­ci­na­tions are the only way to pre­vent infec­tions and, in par­tic­u­lar, seri­ous forms of coro­n­avirus infec­tion that require hospitalization.

We strong­ly rec­om­mend that you get vac­ci­nat­ed against the coro­n­avirus, as it will be dif­fi­cult to avoid the dis­ease in the future. The soci­ety is open­ing up and restric­tions relat­ed to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic are being removed nation­wide, but the coro­n­avirus is not dis­ap­pear­ing. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed. The risks asso­ci­at­ed with the vac­cine are sig­nif­i­cant­ly small­er than those asso­ci­at­ed with coro­n­avirus infec­tion. Link: Infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus vaccination

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions will now main­ly be done dur­ing appoint­ment-free walk-in vac­ci­na­tion days instead of dur­ing appoint­ments. This week, Soite is vac­ci­nat­ing the pop­u­la­tion e.g. at Pris­ma in Kokko­la Thurs­day 23rd of Sep­tem­ber from 9 am to 3 pm and at Kokko­la City­mar­ket Fri­day 24th of Sep­tem­ber 9 am to 3 pm. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion and the timetable for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/

In the Soite area, a third dose of coro­n­avirus vac­cine will be giv­en to severe­ly immuno­com­pro­mised per­sons aged 12 and old­er, and vac­ci­na­tions with a third dose for health and social care staff will also begin this week. More infor­ma­tion in the bulletins:

The author­i­ty task group’s decisions

As per the task group’s deci­sion, the Soite area remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. The region­al rec­om­men­da­tions remain unchanged. 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/

We still rec­om­mend that you avoid gath­er­ings, fol­low hygiene guide­lines for pre­vent­ing infec­tions, and use a face mask in accor­dance with region­al rec­om­men­da­tions.

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty work group will hold its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 29th of Sep­tem­ber 2021 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 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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