The coronavirus situation is worsening again — Soite remains an area with community transmission of the coronavirus
The Central Ostrobothnia regional COVID-19 authority task group met on Wednesday 15th of December 2021 to assess the regional coronavirus situation and recommendations. The coronavirus situation has quickly deteriorated in Soite’s area and the authority task group is worried about the situation. Soite’s area is still classified as an area with coronavirus community transmission and regional restrictions and recommendations remain unchanged. It is recommended that you celebrate Christmas with a small group of close contacts. Visit friends and relatives only if you are healthy, and preferably vaccinated.
The incidence and number of coronavirus infections have started rising again in Soite’s area and the authority task group is worried about the situation. A total of 31 new coronavirus cases have already been confirmed during the beginning of this week, whereas a total of 26 new cases were confirmed during the entirety of last week. 68 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Soite’s area in the past 14 days and the incidence is currently 88/100 000 citizens during 14 days. Last week a total of 1,060 coronavirus tests were taken, of which 2.1 percent were positive. Last week, only 31% of infections were confirmed in persons already in quarantine. 65 percent of the infections have been traced. Four COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital, and two of these patients are being treated at the intensive care unit.
52 percent of the coronavirus infections were confirmed in persons who have not been vaccinated or who have not received a complete series of vaccinations. 48% of infections were confirmed in persons who had received two vaccine doses. A coronavirus infection is possible despite two vaccine doses if one is in contact with a person with COVID-19 for a long period of time. Elderly persons and persons who have an underlying disease and whose vaccine response has weakened have also been infected despite two vaccine doses. Those who get COVID-19 despite two vaccine doses usually have a mild form of the disease.
Infections are still spreading mainly among children and young people as well as their parents. Last week, the majority of infections was recorded among children younger than 10 years (31 percent). Infections are also prevalent in people aged 20 to 29 years (19%), 30 to 39 years (15%) and 40 to 49 years (19%). Less than 10% 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 hobbies and workplaces.
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. Restaurant restrictions for an area with community transmission are also in effect in the Soite area.
The Regional State Administrative Agency of Western and Inland Finland has issued a restriction of no more than 50 participants that applies to indoor public events and public gatherings until the 5th of January 2021. Additional information in the agency’s message (available in Finnish and Swedish). Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the agency’s website.
Current regulations and recommendations regarding the coronavirus epidemic within Soite’s area are listed on Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/
The authority task group recommends that you spend Christmas with as small a group of people as possible and preferably at home with your closest circle of contacts. Meet up with friends and relatives only if you are healthy, and preferably vaccinated. If you are visiting a loved one who belongs to a risk group and lives at a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is important to follow the unit’s instructions for visits carefully.
It is a priority to remember the same safety principles during the holidays as during other times during the coronavirus epidemic. The most important part is to observe good hand and cough hygiene and to use a face mask in accordance with the recommendations.
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. Especially 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.
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. Vaccinations give an effective protection against severe forms of the coronavirus disease.
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. The third vaccine dose is important especially for persons aged 60 and older and for persons who belong to a medical risk group, and we encourage those who belong to these groups to get a third vaccine dose as soon as possible 5 to 6 months after 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 22nd 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.