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.