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10.11.2021

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.

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