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 26th 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. The Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency’s deci­sion regard­ing restric­tions on gath­er­ings and apply­ing sec­tion 58 d of the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act is in effect in Soite’s area.

The inci­dence of coro­n­avirus con­tin­ues to increase quick­ly in Soite’s area. Last week a total of 935 new coro­n­avirus infec­tions were con­firmed in Soite’s area. Last week cir­ca 2,000 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en, of which 27.3 per­cent were pos­i­tive. The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 1,208/100,000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area.

Cur­rent­ly, no patients with COVID-19 are treat­ed at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal. In Soite’s area, mem­bers of 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.

Infec­tions are spread­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly among chil­dren and young peo­ple. Less than 4 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 a large part of those who are infect­ed have been vac­ci­nat­ed. A great deal of the infec­tions are also found in unvac­ci­nat­ed per­sons; last week, 43% of infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed at all. 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 COVID-19 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. Cur­rent reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­na web­site: 

In accor­dance with sub-sec­tion 1 of sec­tion 58 in the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act, the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency for West­ern and Inland Fin­land has for­bid­den all pub­lic events that are held indoors in the munic­i­pal­i­ties in the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict (with the excep­tion of Reisjärvi) with more than 10 par­tic­i­pants.

Accord­ing to the agency’s deci­sion, those who are respon­si­ble for the use of cus­tomer and pub­lic spaces must arrange the use of the spaces in such a way that the risk of coro­n­avirus infec­tions due to close con­tact between cus­tomers, groups and per­sons who take part in activ­i­ties may be prevented.

The reg­u­la­tion is in effect from Jan­u­ary 23rd 2022 to Feb­ru­ary 20th 2022. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion in the agency’s mes­sage (in Finnish).

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.

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:

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group will hold its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 2nd of Feb­ru­ary 2022 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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