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23.06.2021

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  • A wider recommendation on the use of face masks is no longer in effect in public spaces, but it is still recommended that face masks are used in situations where it is impossible to maintain safe distances.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.

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