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25.08.2021

Soite’s area remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus epidemic

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group met on Wednes­day 25th of August 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. The author­i­ty task group decid­ed that Soite’s area remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. Events that are orga­nized in the area have to fol­low the restric­tions on social gath­er­ings issued by the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency on August 23rd 2021 (in Finnish) and also take into account the facts stat­ed  in the let­ter by the Min­istry of Social Affairs and Health (in Finnish).

Over the past 14 days, a total of 59 coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area and the inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 76/100,000 cit­i­zens. 1.2% of the coro­n­avirus tests are pos­i­tive. Soite’s coro­n­avirus test­ing has been very busy dur­ing the past few days, which may cause delays in get­ting test results.

Last week, 80% of the chains of infec­tion were traced. Half of the infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons who were already in quar­an­tine. In the Soite area, coro­n­avirus infec­tions are cur­rent­ly most preva­lent among 20–29-year-olds. No patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal because of COVID-19.

As per the author­i­ty task group’s deci­sion, the Soite area remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. The region­al rec­om­men­da­tions remain unchanged, but some spec­i­fi­ca­tions have been made to the instruc­tions. Like­wise, spec­i­fi­ca­tions have been made in the region­al instruc­tions for event organizers.

  • Updates to the instructions for organizers of events in the area:
    • For example events where admission tickets are sold to the public should observe the guidelines issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
    • At events, it must be ensured that during indoor events, everyone has their own seating and that during outdoor events, it is possible to maintain safety distances.
    • There is no need to draw up a written plan for private events such as weddings, graduations or funerals, but coronavirus safety guidelines should be taken into account at these events as well.
  • Updates to recommendations for private events and hobbies:
    • The restrictions on social gatherings issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency do not apply to private events or hobbies, but the COVID-19 regional authority task  group strongly emphasizes the importance of maintaining safety distances and following hygiene guidelines during all gatherings and hobbies.
    • Social events should be kept as small as possible and if possible, the participation of participants should be scheduled in a manner that ensures not everyone attends the event at the same time.
    • During private events and during hobby activities, the size of the space must be taken into consideration so that safety distances (2 metres) can be maintained.
    • A recommendation regarding the use of protective face masks is in effect in the area, which also applies to private events and hobby activities.
    • Only persons who are perfectly healthy should participate in events and hobby activities.

All region­al coro­n­avirus reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions are list­ed on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/  

Instruc­tions for event orga­niz­ers in the Soite area: https://korona.soite.fi/en/instructions-to-event-organizers/  

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group will hold its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 1st 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 task group con­sists of experts from the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare (THL), the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency, Cen­tre for Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment, Trans­port and the Envi­ron­ment and Soite.

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