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.