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24.11.2021

Soite’s area is still clas­si­fied as an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion — there is a high risk of get­ting a coro­n­avirus infec­tion in the area

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group met on Wednes­day 24th of Novem­ber 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. Even though a slight decrease can be seen in the coro­n­avirus inci­dence rate, the sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous and the risk of get­ting a coro­n­avirus infec­tion in the area is high. Soite’s area is clas­si­fied as a coro­n­avirus com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion area and region­al restric­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions remain unchanged.

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area, even though a decrease can be seen in the num­ber of infec­tions and in the inci­dence rate. The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 226/100,000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area and a total of 175 coro­n­avirus infec­tions were con­firmed dur­ing the past 14 days. Cur­rent­ly, a large num­ber of coro­n­avirus tests are being tak­en in the Soite area: around 2,000 coro­n­avirus per week, and last week 5.5% of the sam­ples were pos­i­tive. Last week, 53% of the infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons already in quar­an­tine. Of the infec­tions that have been con­firmed, 80 per­cent have been traced. Two COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hos­pi­tal. There is cur­rent­ly a high risk of get­ting a coro­n­avirus infec­tion in the Soite area.

Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are still main­ly con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have not received a com­plete series of vac­ci­na­tions. One third of the infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons who had received two vac­cine dos­es. Most of these were infec­tions that had hap­pened with­in the fam­i­ly. A coro­n­avirus infec­tion is pos­si­ble despite two vac­cine dos­es if one is in con­tact with a per­son with COVID-19 for a long peri­od of time. Elder­ly per­sons and per­sons who have an under­ly­ing dis­ease and whose vac­cine response has weak­ened have also been infect­ed despite two vac­cine dos­es. Those who get COVID-19 despite two vac­cine dos­es usu­al­ly have a mild form of the disease.

Infec­tions are still spread­ing main­ly among chil­dren and young peo­ple as well as their par­ents. Last week, the major­i­ty of infec­tions was record­ed among per­sons aged 10 to 19 (27%) and chil­dren under the age of 10 (14%). The sec­ond high­est num­ber of infec­tions was con­firmed in the age groups of their par­ents, i.e. per­sons aged 30 to 39 and 40 to 49. Less than 15 per­cent of the infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons aged 60 and old­er. The major­i­ty of infec­tions were infec­tions that occurred with­in the fam­i­ly. Sources of infec­tions have also includ­ed meet­ings with friends and acquain­tances as well as work­places and hobbies.

Soite’s area is still being clas­si­fied as an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion. The region­al rec­om­men­da­tions remain unchanged. An exten­sive facial mask rec­om­men­da­tion is in effect with­in Soite’s area as well as a rec­om­men­da­tion about remote work in the form of a hybrid mod­el. Events and gath­er­ings should be orga­nized only after care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion and the coro­n­avirus relat­ed hygiene guide­lines should be observed. Orga­niz­ers of events are respon­si­ble for the coro­n­avirus safe­ty dur­ing events.

In accor­dance with sub-sec­tion 1 of sec­tion 58 in the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act, the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency for West­ern and Inland Fin­land has for­bid­den all such pub­lic events that are held indoors in the munic­i­pal­i­ties in the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict (with the excep­tion of Reisjärvi) all such indoor pub­lic events with more than 100 (one hun­dred) participants:

  1. where such audience spaces are used where not all participants have been allotted a seat of their own or
  2. that are sing-along events that are considered public events.

The reg­u­la­tion is in effect for three weeks between 15th of Novem­ber and 5th of Decem­ber 2021. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion in the agency’s mes­sage (in Finnish).

Restau­rant restric­tions for the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase are also in effect in the Soite 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/ 

Instruc­tions for event orga­niz­ers are found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/instructions-to-event-organizers/. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion can also be found on the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency’s web­site.

As the pre-Christ­mas sea­son approach­es, the author­i­ty task group rec­om­mends that you read the list of sug­ges­tions for safe pre-Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions that the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare has com­piled. The Institute’s guide­lines state that it would be advis­able also for pri­vate event organ­is­ers to use a coro­n­avirus pass­port, and that it is impor­tant that the coro­n­avirus pass­port be used through­out the event, not just after a cer­tain time.

The author­i­ty task group empha­sizes the impor­tance of a com­plete coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion series. We would like to remind the pub­lic that a third vac­ci­na­tion dose is rec­om­mend­ed for every­one over the age of 60 and per­sons who belong to a risk group. Regard­ing the sec­ond vac­ci­na­tion dose, we encour­age all age groups who have a right to a vac­ci­na­tion to seek out a boost­er vac­ci­na­tion as soon as pos­si­ble if six weeks have passed since the first vac­cine dose.

We strong­ly rec­om­mend that you get ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed against the coro­n­avirus, as the coro­n­avirus is not going away and it will be dif­fi­cult to avoid the dis­ease in the future. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed. Vac­ci­na­tions will be done main­ly 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 author­i­ty task group would still like to remind every­one that you should not leave your home if you have even only mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion. It is rec­om­mend­ed that those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have received only one dose of the vac­cine seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing with­out delay and even if they have only very mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infection.

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group will hold its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 1st of Decem­ber 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 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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