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03.11.2021

Soite area remains in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic — coro­n­avirus safe­ty should be observed dur­ing events

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group gath­ered on Wednes­day 3rd of Novem­ber 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area and the area remains in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. The author­i­ty task group stress­es that orga­niz­ers of pub­lic events should take crit­i­cal look at whether an event is nec­es­sary to arrange.

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area and the inci­dence of infec­tion is the high­est in Fin­land. Last week a total of 112 new coro­n­avirus infec­tions were con­firmed in Soite’s area. The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 269/100,000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area. The num­ber of coro­n­avirus tests that are being tak­en is ris­ing and last week a total of cir­ca 2,000 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en, of which 5.5 per­cent were pos­i­tive. Of the infec­tions that have been con­firmed, 84 per­cent have been traced. Five COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hospital.

Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are still main­ly con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have not received a com­plete series of vac­ci­na­tions. Cur­rent­ly, infec­tions are spread­ing main­ly among chil­dren and young peo­ple as well as their par­ents. Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are cur­rent­ly preva­lent par­tic­u­lar­ly among per­sons younger than 10 years and per­sons aged 10 to 19. One third of the infec­tions have been con­firmed in per­sons aged 30 to 49. The major­i­ty of infec­tions were infec­tions that occurred with­in the fam­i­ly. Sources of infec­tions have also includ­ed work­places and schools. The list of pos­si­ble expo­sures has been updat­ed. The list of pos­si­ble expo­sures in the Soite area: https://korona.soite.fi/en/possible-exposures-to-covid-19/

As per the author­i­ty task group’s deci­sion, the Soite area remains in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. The region­al rec­om­men­da­tions remain unchanged, but the need for an expan­sion of the restric­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions is still being assessed. All 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 stress­es that pub­lic events in the area should be orga­nized only in accor­dance with care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion. Orga­niz­ers of events are respon­si­ble for the coro­n­avirus safe­ty dur­ing events. Dur­ing pub­lic events, the hygiene guide­lines relat­ed to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic should be observed and orga­niz­ers should be espe­cial­ly mind­ful of the size of the space in rela­tion to the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants, so that suf­fi­cient safe­ty dis­tances can be main­tained. The rec­om­men­da­tion is that only half of the cus­tomer places should be in use. Orga­niz­ers of pub­lic events with more than 50 par­tic­i­pants must draw up a writ­ten plan for the pre­ven­tion of coro­n­avirus infec­tions and deliv­er it to Soite’s unit for infec­tious dis­eases. 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.

The exten­sive facial mask rec­om­men­da­tion is still in effect with­in Soite’s area as well as a rec­om­men­da­tion about remote work in the form of a hybrid mod­el. Restau­rant restric­tions for the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase are also in effect in the Soite area.

Please observe coro­n­avirus safe­ty guide­lines dur­ing pri­vate events and gath­er­ings. The author­i­ty task group rec­om­mends that meet­ings be orga­nized only after care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion and tak­ing into account the hygiene guide­lines relat­ed to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. Pri­vate events should be kept as small as pos­si­ble and, if pos­si­ble, the par­tic­i­pants should be sched­uled into dif­fer­ent groups. Orga­niz­ers of events are respon­si­ble for the coro­n­avirus safe­ty dur­ing events.

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. The vac­cine pro­tects not only you but the soci­ety as a whole. The effec­tive­ness of the vac­ci­na­tions is clear when look­ing at the cur­rent epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion, as the infec­tions are con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or have only recent­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed. The risks asso­ci­at­ed with the vac­cine are sig­nif­i­cant­ly small­er than those asso­ci­at­ed with coro­n­avirus infec­tion. Link: Infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus vaccination

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. First, sec­ond and third dos­es are admin­is­tered dur­ing the walk-in-days. The timetable for the walk-in days 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 3rd 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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