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08.12.2021

Soite remains an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion of the coronavirus

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­n­ian region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group gath­ered on Wednes­day 8th of Decem­ber 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. Regard­ing this autumn’s wave, the worst epi­dem­ic phase is over and the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is start­ing to calm down in Soite’s area. Soite’s area is still clas­si­fied as a coro­n­avirus com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion area and region­al restric­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions remain unchanged.

The coro­n­avirus infec­tions and the inci­dence rate keep decreas­ing in Soite’s area. 59 coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area in the past 14 days and the inci­dence is cur­rent­ly 76/100 000 cit­i­zens dur­ing 14 days. Last week a total of 1,207 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en, of which 1.7 per­cent were pos­i­tive. Last week, 55% of infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons already in quar­an­tine. 85 per­cent of the infec­tions have been traced. Three COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hospital.

60 per­cent of the coro­n­avirus infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have not received a com­plete series of vac­ci­na­tions. 40% of infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons who had received two vac­cine doses.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 (40%), 20 to 29 (25%) and 30 to 39 (20%). Less than 5% of the infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons old­er than 50. 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. Those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have received only one dose of the vac­cine should 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.  Dur­ing recent weeks, about 10 per­cent of the infec­tions have been found with the help of coro­n­avirus tests that were done at home.  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 from 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. 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.

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/ 

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 and pub­lic gath­er­ings that are held indoors in the munic­i­pal­i­ties in the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict (with the excep­tion of Reisjärvi) that have over 50 (fifty) par­tic­i­pants.
 

The reg­u­la­tion is in effect from Decem­ber 6th 2021 to Jan­u­ary 5th 2022. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion in the agency’s mes­sage (in Finnish). Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion and answers to fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions can be found on the agency’s web­site.

Restau­rant restric­tions for an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion are also in effect in the Soite area.

We strong­ly rec­om­mend that you get ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed against the coro­n­avirus, as the coro­n­avirus is not going away and it will be very dif­fi­cult to avoid the dis­ease in the future. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vaccinated. 

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions with a third dose have been off to a good start in the Soite area. A third vac­cine dose is giv­en to every­one over the age of 18 if 5 to 6 months have passed since they received the sec­ond dose.

Vac­ci­na­tions are main­ly done 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 15th 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 task 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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