The Soite area is defined as being an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion of the coro­n­avirus — the epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion remains serious

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group met on Wednes­day 17th of Novem­ber 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. The coro­n­avirus inci­dence shows signs of lev­el­ling out, but the sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the region. Soite’s area is still clas­si­fied as a coro­n­avirus com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion area. Region­al reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions remain unchanged.

The epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion seems to have lev­elled out last week, and the inci­dence rate and num­ber of cas­es no longer con­tin­ued to increase. How­ev­er, the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area. The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 306/100,000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area. Around 2,000 coro­n­avirus sam­ples are tak­en per week, and last week 5.5% of the sam­ples were pos­i­tive. Last week, 49% of infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons already in quar­an­tine. Of the infec­tions that have been con­firmed, 84 per­cent have been traced.

Ten COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hos­pi­tal. Some of the infec­tions were con­firmed after an expo­sure on the psy­chi­atric ward. Patients with COVID-19 are iso­lat­ed and treat­ed sep­a­rate­ly from oth­er patients. Although the need for hos­pi­tal care has increased, we will man­age the sit­u­a­tion with­out adjust­ing oth­er hos­pi­tal oper­a­tions, i.e. oth­er hos­pi­tal oper­a­tions will con­tin­ue as normal.

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 (48%) was record­ed among per­sons aged 10 to 19 (25%) and chil­dren under the age of 10 (23%). 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. Last week, the aver­age age of the infect­ed was 28. 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 day care and schools.

Soite’s area is still being clas­si­fied as an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion of the coro­n­avirus. The region­al restric­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing social gath­er­ings 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 an area of com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion 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: 

Instruc­tions for event orga­niz­ers are found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: 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 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.

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:

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty work group will hold its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 24th of Novem­ber 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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