Soite remains an area with community transmission — remote work and using protective masks are important to prevent the spread of infections
The Central Ostrobothnian regional COVID-19 authority task group gathered on Wednesday 1st of December 2021 to assess the regional coronavirus situation and recommendations. The coronavirus incidence is decreasing, but the situation is still serious. Soite’s area is classified as an area with community transmission of the coronavirus and regional restrictions and recommendations remain unchanged. The authority task group would like to remind everyone of the importance of using a protective face mask and to work from home when possible.
The epidemic situation is still serious in the Soite area, but for the past three weeks, the number of infections and the incidence rate have been decreasing. The incidence of infections during 14 days is currently 138/100,000 residents in the entire Soite area. A fairly large amount of coronavirus tests are taken in the Soite area, but lately the number of tests has been decreasing. Last week a total of 1,175 coronavirus tests were taken, of which 3.7 percent were positive. Last week, 64% of infections were confirmed in persons already in quarantine. Two COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital. There is still 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. Infections are still spreading mainly among children and young people as well as their parents. Last week, the majority of infections was recorded among children younger than 10 years and persons aged 10 to 19. 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.
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. 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 authority task group notes that correctly performed antigen home tests are a good supplement when testing for coronavirus. Home tests are suitable for those people who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a fever, a cold or a cough. A positive result for a home test should still always be confirmed with a coronavirus test performed by health care professionals. Additional information about coronavirus home tests can be found on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s website
Soite’s area is still being classified as an area with community transmission. The regional recommendations remain unchanged. 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/
The authority task group would especially like to remind everyone of the importance of the extensive facial mask recommendation and that facial mask use is recommended for the lower secondary school students (grades 7 to 9) as well as at upper secondary institutes and higher education institutions.
It is recommended that remote work in the form of a hybrid model should still be used at workplaces in accordance with the employer’s guidelines. The hybrid model for remote work means that employees take turns to work from home part of the time, as far as this is possible, so that not everyone is at the work place simultaneously. The authority task group also recommends that meetings should be held primarily remotely.
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 forbids 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:
- where such audience spaces are used where not all participants have been allotted a seat of their own or
- 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). The agency will inform about the possible continuation of restrictions in the near future.
Restaurant restrictions for an area with community transmission are also in effect in the Soite area.
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 regional COVID-19 authority task group will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 8th 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.