The Soite area remains in the community transmission phase of the coronavirus epidemic — the epidemic is not calming down
The Central Ostrobothnia regional COVID-19 authority task group met on Wednesday 10th 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 regional recommendations remain unchanged, but the need for an expansion of the restrictions and recommendations is still being assessed. 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 epidemic situation is still serious in the Soite area and the regional incidence of infection has been rising for several weeks. Unfortunately, the epidemic does not seem to be calming down, and new infections have also been detected this week at the same rate as during the previous week. Last week, a total of 130 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in Soite’s area. The incidence of infections during 14 days is currently 320/100,000 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 6.4 percent were positive. Of the infections that have been confirmed, 82 percent have been traced.
Six COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital.The workload caused by hospitalizations has remained high, and if the number of COVID patients increases, we will have to think about reducing or changing our operations.
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 highest number of infections was recorded among persons aged 10 to 19 (25%), children under the age of 10 (18%), and in the age groups of their parents, i.e. persons aged 30 to 39 (14%) and 40 to 49 (13%). 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 schools.
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. 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 organised only after careful consideration and the coronavirus related hygiene guidelines should be observed. Organizers of events are responsible for the coronavirus safety during events. Restaurant restrictions for the community transmission phase 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: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/
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.
- Participate in celebrations only if you are well. If you have symptoms indicative of coronavirus infection, do not participate in even a small gathering, even if you have been vaccinated. Stay at home instead, and if your symptoms are serious, seek help from medical professionals. Check what your municipality prescribes regarding seeking out coronavirus tests and act in accordance with this.
- Celebrate in groups only if you are vaccinated. The coronavirus vaccine provides effective protection against severe coronavirus disease. You still have time to seek out vaccination for your own and other people’s safety. Although vaccination does not eliminate the risk of getting and spreading an infection completely, it significantly reduces the secretion of the virus and thus the spread from person to person.
- Remember to observe good hand and cough hygiene. This way, you also prevent the spread of other diseases.
- Keep the Koronavilkku coronavirus app on also during celebrations and follow the instructions it gives.
- Continue using a protective face mask especially in public indoor spaces if maintaining a safe distance to other people is difficult. For example, it is a good idea to use a mask when traveling by public transport. Use a mask especially if you have not received a full set of vaccinations.
- Download the European Union’s coronavirus certificate from your My Kanta Pages before the pre-Christmas celebrations begin. The certificate works as a coronavirus passport. This way, you have a coronavirus passport ready as soon as you need it.
- Remember moderation when consuming alcohol.
- Have fun during the pre-Christmas celebrations!
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. More information on the Institute’s web site.
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 vaccinate yourself fully 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. 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 work group will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 17th 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.