The Group of Authorities Recommends Stricter Regional Restrictions on Gatherings – the Number of Coronavirus Cases Increases in Soite’s Area
The Central Ostrobothnia regional COVID-19 group of authorities had a meeting on Wednesday 22nd of December 2021 in order to assess the situational picture and the regional recommendations. The number of coronavirus cases is increasing quickly in Soite’s area. The group of authorities suggests that the Regional State Administrative Agency limits the number of participants at public events and public gatherings to 10 persons. Soite’s area is still classified as an area with community transmission and the regional restrictions and recommendations remain the same at this point. The time the recommendation on remote work is in effect was extended to the 31st of January 2022.
The incidence of coronavirus infections has doubled in the course of one week in Soite’s area and the group of authorities is worried about the situation. The regional incidence is currently 167/100 000 citizens in 14 days. Last week, about 1 600 coronavirus tests were taken and 6.5% of these were positive. Last week, 60% of infections were confirmed in persons who were not in quarantine. However, 85% of the infections could be traced. The infections are still spreading particularly among children and young people. Most of the infections are confirmed in persons who are unvaccinated or who have an incomplete series of vaccinations. Six COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital. Three of them are in intensive care.
Soite’s area is still classified as an area with community transmission. The regional recommendations are not changed. The time the recommendation on remote work in the form of a hybrid model is in effect was extended to the 31st of January 2022. An extensive recommendation on the use of face masks is in effect in the area. In Soite’s area, using COVID-19 passports at the swimming halls in the area is considered, but legal consultation is still needed.
The group of authorities suggests that the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland reconsiders the restriction on the number of persons at public events and public gatherings so that gatherings of 10 persons are allowed and that this restriction is in effect for a month. At the moment, the Regional State Administrative Agency’s restriction in the area is that 50 persons are allowed at public events and public gatherings that are held indoors. At the moment, the restriction is in effect until the 5th of January 2022.
Soite awaits more specific instructions from the Finnish Government on keeping the coronavirus epidemic in check and if needed, we will specify the regional recommendations in accordance with the instructions. We recommend actively following Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en
All the regional regulations and recommendations regarding the coronavirus epidemic are listed on Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/
The group of authorities recommends that Christmas is celebrated in as small groups as possible and preferably at home with the closest persons. One should meet with friends and relatives only if one is healthy and preferably vaccinated. If you visit a close person who lives in a nursing home or a unit for supported housing and belongs to an at-risk group, it is important to follow the instructions from the unit carefully.
It is of utmost importance to remember the same principles during the holidays as otherwise during the coronavirus epidemic. It is important to practice good hand and coughing hygiene and to use face masks in accordance with recommendations. We also recommend acquainting oneself with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL’s coronavirus recommendations for Christmas.
The group of authorities reminds everyone that one should not move outside the home if one has even just mild symptoms of a respiratory infection. Particularly 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 a complete series of vaccinations, as the coronavirus is not going away and it is very difficult to avoid the illness in the future. It is significantly safer to encounter the coronavirus if you are vaccinated, as the vaccines give efficient protection against the serious form of the illness.
The vaccinations with a third dose have come off to a lively start in Soite’s area. The third vaccine dose is important especially for persons aged 60 and older and for persons who belong to a medical risk group. We encourage those who belong to these groups to get a third vaccine dose as soon as possible 3 months after the second dose. In Soite’s area, vaccinations are now mainly given on walk-in vaccination days without appointment booking, which means you can come to a coronavirus vaccination when it suits you best. The schedule for vaccinations can be found on Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/
The Central Ostrobothnia regional COVID-19 group of authorities has its next meeting on Wednesday 29th of December 2021 in order to assess the regional coronavirus situation and recommendations. If the regional coronavirus situation changes, the group of authorities gathers for a meeting if needed. The group of authorities consists of experts from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL, the Regional State Administrative Agency, the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment and Soite.