The Number of Coronavirus Infections Continues to Increase in the Soite Area — the Recommendations Remain Unchanged
The Central Ostrobothnia regional COVID-19 authority task group met on Wednesday 19th of January 2022 to assess the regional coronavirus situation and recommendations. Due to the omicron variant of the coronavirus, the number of coronavirus infections continues to rise quickly in the Soite area. The regional recommendations remain unchanged. We are still awaiting the Regional State Administrative Agency’s decision regarding restrictions on gatherings and applying section 58 d of the Communicable Diseases Act to Soite’s area.
The incidence of coronavirus continues to increase quickly in Soite’s area. Yesterday, 108 new coronavirus infections were confirmed, which is is the highest daily number so far. The incidence of infections during 14 days is currently 950/100,000 residents in the entire Soite area. Last week a total of 2,000 coronavirus tests were taken, of which 17 percent were positive.
In Soite’s area, people who belong to risk groups and elderly persons are well protected from serious forms of COVID-19 thanks to the vaccinations, which results in a low hospital workload. Two COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia Central Hospital. There are currently no coronavirus patients in intensive care.
However, the number of coronavirus infections is increasing so quickly that Soite has to make prioritizations in the infection tracking, and today we will inform in more detail about the new guidelines for infection tracking. Persons who have received a positive coronavirus test will receive a text message that provides short instructions for how to act and instructions for when to contact Soite. Additional information on Soite’s coronavirus website.
Infections are spreading particularly among children, young people and the working age population. The majority of infections have been confirmed in the age groups 10 to 19, 20 to 29 and 40 to 49. Less than 8 percent of the infections were confirmed in persons aged 60 and older. The effect of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus can be seen in the coronavirus statistics in that most of those who are infected have been vaccinated. It is especially important to take the coronavirus vaccine now that the quickly spreading omicron variant is present in the area, as the vaccine protects you from serious forms of coronavirus disease in particular.
Soite’s area is still being classified as an area with community transmission. The regional recommendations remain unchanged. A recommendation about remote work and an extensive facial mask recommendation is in effect within Soite’s area. All current regulations and recommendations regarding the coronavirus epidemic are listed on Soite’s corona website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/
The group of authorities has previously suggested that the Regional State Administrative Agency of Werstern and Inland Finland limit the number of participants at public events and public gatherings indoors to 10 persons and that section 58 d of the Communicable Diseases Act be applied to Soite’s area. The proposal is still relevant and awaits the agency’s decision. The current restriction issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency of Western and Inland Finland limits the number of participants at indoor public events and public gatherings to 20. The restriction is in effect until the 30th of January 2022.
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. We recommend home tests for anyone who has symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a fever, a runny nose or a cough. Additional information on Soite’s coronavirus website: If you suspect an infection, follow these instructions.
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 coronavirus disease. Within Soite’s area, 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 26th of October 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.