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22.12.2021

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.

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