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12.01.2022

The Num­ber of Coro­n­avirus Infec­tions Con­tin­ue to Rise Quick­ly in Soite’s Area – the rec­om­men­da­tion on remote work was extended

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group met on Wednes­day 12th of Jan­u­ary 2022 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. Due to the omi­cron vari­ant of the coro­n­avirus, the num­ber of coro­n­avirus infec­tions con­tin­ues to rise quick­ly in the Soite area. In the Soite area, the author­i­ty task group awaits the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency’s deci­sion regard­ing the group’s sug­ges­tion to lim­it 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 time the rec­om­men­da­tions on remote work will remain in effect was extend­ed until the 31st of March 2022.

The inci­dence of coro­n­avirus con­tin­ues to increase quick­ly in Soite’s area. The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 680/100,000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area and the inci­dence dur­ing 14 days is 545. Last week a total of 2,000 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en, of which 14.6 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, 74 per­cent of the infec­tions were traced. The major­i­ty of infec­tions were infec­tions that occurred with­in the fam­i­ly. Sources of infec­tions have also includ­ed meet­ings with friends and acquain­tances.   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 on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site.

Infec­tions are spread­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly among chil­dren, young peo­ple and the work­ing age pop­u­la­tion. The major­i­ty of infec­tions was con­firmed among per­sons younger than 20 years and per­sons in the age group 20 to 29. Only 7.5 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. 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 rec­om­men­da­tion about remote work was extend­ed to March 31st 2022. An exten­sive facial mask rec­om­men­da­tion is in effect with­in Soite’s area. 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/ 

Last week, the group of author­i­ties sug­gest­ed that the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency of West­ern and Inland Fin­land lim­it 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 pro­pos­al is still rel­e­vant and the group awaits the agency’s deci­sion. 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 Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare is inves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty of home tests for pupils. Cur­rent­ly, the author­i­ty task group does not find it nec­es­sary to rou­tine­ly test asymp­to­matic pupils in the Soite area. An anti­gen home test does not nec­es­sar­i­ly find an infec­tion in an asymp­to­matic per­son. In accor­dance with ear­li­er rec­om­men­da­tions, home tests are still rec­om­mend­ed for any­one who has symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion, such as a fever, a run­ny nose or a cough. Coro­n­avirus anti­gen home tests may not nec­es­sar­i­ly recog­nise the omi­cron vari­ant as accu­rate­ly as pre­vi­ous vari­ants, so we rec­om­mend repeat­ing the home test again after a few days if the symp­toms of res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion per­sist. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about coro­n­avirus home tests can be found on the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Welfare’s website

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. 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 19th 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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