The area is approaching the community transmission phase of the coronavirus pandemic — the need for hospital care has increased
The Central Ostrobothnian regional COVID-19 authority task group gathered on Wednesday 6th of October 2021 to assess the regional coronavirus situation and recommendations. The coronavirus situation is still serious in the Soite area. Both the number of infections and the need for hospital care are increasing. Soite’s area remains in the acceleration phase of the coronavirus epidemic, but is approaching the community transmission phase due to the increased workload caused by hospitalizations. We would like to emphasize that a strong face mask recommendation is still in effect in the area. You should not leave your home if you have even only mild cold-like symptoms.
Over the past 14 days, a total of 64 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Soite and the incidence of infections during 14 days is currently 83/100,000 citizens. Last week a total of 1,114 coronavirus tests were taken and the share of positive test results is 3.7 percent. The traceability of the chains of infection is 80 %.
The epidemic situation in the region remains serious and there has been a clear increase in the need for hospital care: five COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital. Due to the workload caused by the hospitalizations, the epidemic situation in Soite’s area is approaching the community transmission phase.
Coronavirus infections are mainly concentrated to those who have not been vaccinated or have only recently been vaccinated. The average age of those infected is currently 25.5 years. Most of the infections have been confirmed in young people and young adults. Infections are most prevalent in people aged 10 to 19 years (40%), 20 to 29 years (24%) and 30 to 39 years (17%). The majority of infections were infections that occurred within the family. Infections have also been confirmed primarily in workplaces as well as during different social gatherings in the spare time.
As per the authority task group’s decision, the Soite area remains in the acceleration phase of the coronavirus epidemic. The regional recommendations regarding social gatherings remain unchanged. All 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/
The authority task group emphasizes that a strong face mask recommendation is still in effect in the Soite area. Use of a protective mask is recommended for everyone older than 12 years, including those who have been vaccinated:
- in public places, such as shops and other places outside the home
- at lower secondary schools (grades 7 to 9) in the area
- at upper secondary institutes (vocational training and upper secondary schools) as well as higher education institutions and universities in the area
- when using public transport, during school transports and when transporting people who belong to a risk group
- when visiting social and health care units
- when going to coronavirus tests
- when returning to Finland from a risk country
- Use of face mask is also recommended in other situations, both indoors and outdoors, if it is impossible to maintain safety distances.
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 especially recommend that you do not visit elderly people or attend family celebrations immediately after traveling abroad or if you have mild cold-like symptoms. When visiting Soite’s housing service units, the unit’s instructions for visits must be followed.
We still recommend that you avoid gatherings, follow hygiene guidelines for preventing infections, and use a face mask in accordance with regional recommendations. 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 get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, as it will be difficult to avoid the disease in the future. The society is opening up and restrictions related to the coronavirus epidemic are being removed nationwide, but the coronavirus is not disappearing. The effectiveness of the vaccinations is clear when looking at the current epidemic situation, as the infections are concentrated to those who have not been vaccinated or have only recently been vaccinated. It is significantly safer to encounter the coronavirus if you are vaccinated. The risks associated with the vaccine are significantly smallerthan those associated with coronavirus infection. Link: Information about the coronavirus vaccination
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 the walk-in days 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 13th 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 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.