Soite continues on the baseline when it comes to the coronavirus epidemic — the regional restrictions on gatherings are revoked
The Central Ostrobothnia regional COVID-19 group of authorities had a meeting on Wednesday 23rd of June 2021 in order to assess the situational picture and the regional recommendations. The group of authorities decided that Soite’s area continues on the baseline when it comes to the coronavirus epidemic. The regional recommendations were eased in several ways e.g. when it comes to recommendations on gatherings and when it comes to use of face masks. It is still important to exercise good hand hygiene, to keep safe distances and to seek out coronavirus testing even if one only has mild symptoms. It is also not recommended that the use of face masks stops altogether. The new regional recommendations are in effect until further notice.
The coronavirus situation is calm in Soite’s area. The regional incidence is 1.3/100 000 citizens and 0.1% of the coronavirus tests are positive. The latest coronavirus case was confirmed on Tuesday the 8th of June 2021. One person who has been infected with the coronavirus is cared for at the Central Ostrobothnia Central Hospital.
In accordance with the decision by the group of authorities, Soite’s area continues on the baseline when it comes to the coronavirus epidemic. The regional recommendations are eased e.g. in following ways:
- No restrictions on gatherings ordered by the Regional State Administrative Agency or recommendations regarding gatherings are in effect in the area.
- A wider recommendation on the use of face masks is no longer in effect in public spaces, but it is still recommended that face masks are used in situations where it is impossible to maintain safe distances. It is recommended that face mask is used:
- in public transport and in the transport of persons who belong to an at-risk group
- when going to a social- or health care unit
- when going to a coronavirus test
- when returning to Finland from a risk country
- It is recommended that face masks are used in other situations as well if it is impossible to maintain safe distances (2 metres).
- The recommendation on remote work is revoked, but the employer is responsible for coronavirus safety in the workplace, and workplaces are advised to spread out breaks and to maintain safe distances. Use of face mask is required when working in social and health care.
- Special caution should be taken when travelling to EU and Schengen areas, and trips outside these areas should be avoided. Please follow the instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL.
The regional recommendations are in effect from 23rd of June 2021 and until further notice. All the regional regulations and recommendations regarding the coronavirus epidemic within Soite’s area are listed on Soite’s coronavirus website. The website also contains instructions for event organizers.
The group of authorities extends a warm thanks to the citizens in Soite’s area for following the recommendations! Acting in a coronavirus safe way helped the area to return quickly from a serious epidemiological situation back to the baseline. Hopefully, we can spend the summer in a calm coronavirus situation. It is still a good idea to follow hygiene practises for preventing the coronavirus, to seek out coronavirus testing even if one only has mild symptoms and to use a mask when it is impossible to keep safe distances. Globally, the coronavirus epidemic is not over and infections are still possible. It is, therefore, a good idea to remember coronavirus safety.
Coronavirus vaccinations help prevent the epidemic from spreading and vaccinations have progressed very well in Soite’s area. The vaccinations of the citizens within Soite are now progressing with regards to all persons over the age of 16 as well as 12–15-year-old adolescents who belong to risk group 1 and 2. The vaccination coverage is also rising in the younger age groups — thank you for that as well! In all, 76% of the citizens in Central Ostrobothnia health care district over the age of 16 have now received their first vaccine dose. 24% of all persons over the age of 16 have received their second vaccine dose. When it comes to all citizens, 59% have received their first dose, which is slightly above the average in the whole country.
The regional COVID-19 group of authorities has its next meeting on Wednesday 4th of August 2021 in order to assess the regional coronavirus situation and recommendations. If the regional coronavirus situation changes, the group of authorities gathers for a meeting if needed.