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06.10.2021

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.

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