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04.08.2021

Soite’s area con­tin­ues on the base­line when it comes to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic — a strong rec­om­men­da­tion on face masks comes into effect

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 group of author­i­ties had a meet­ing on Wednes­day 4th of August 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 group of author­i­ties decid­ed that a strong rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks comes into effect because of the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion in Fin­land as a whole. The group of author­i­ties also wish­es to remind every­one of the impor­tance of vac­ci­na­tions when it comes to man­ag­ing the epidemic.

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion has wors­ened some­what in Soite’s area after the calm weeks in sum­mer. Yes­ter­day, two new coro­n­avirus infec­tions were con­firmed in Soite’s area. 12 coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area in the past 14 days and the inci­dence is cur­rent­ly 15.5/100 000 cit­i­zens in the area. 0.4% of the coro­n­avirus tests are pos­i­tive. 100% of the chains of infec­tion have been traced. No patients with COVID-19 are treat­ed at the moment 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 coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion has wors­ened in Fin­land dur­ing the past few weeks and the group of author­i­ties decid­ed that a strong rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks comes into effect in order to keep the epi­dem­ic as calm as pos­si­ble in Soite’s area.  Use of a face mask is rec­om­mend­ed for all per­sons old­er than 12, even those who have been vaccinated:

  • in public places such as shops and in other places outside the home
  • at the lower secondary schools in the area (grades 7-9)
  • at upper secondary institutes (vocational training and upper secondary schools) as well as higher education institutions and universities in the area
  • in public transport, in school transport and when transporting people who belong to a 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
  • Use of face masks is also recommended in other situations if it is impossible to maintain social distances.

The region­al rec­om­men­da­tions are in effect until fur­ther notice. Link: All the region­al reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic with­in Soite’s area.

As the vaca­tions end and the coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram is still unfin­ished so that many per­sons of work­ing age have not yet received their sec­ond vac­ci­na­tion dose, the group of author­i­ties rec­om­mends work­ing from home if pos­si­ble. The employ­er is respon­si­ble for coro­n­avirus safe­ty in the work­place, and work­places are advised to spread out breaks and to main­tain safe distances.

The group of author­i­ties also encour­age per­sons of work­ing age to seek out coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions if they have not yet been vac­ci­nat­ed. The coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic is not over yet and the virus may spread at work­places if the vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age is not high enough. Coro­n­avirus vac­cines give effec­tive pro­tec­tion against the more seri­ous forms of COVID-19. The vac­cines also pro­tect against the long-term effects of COVID-19, the so-called long COVID, which may cause pro­longed tired­ness, short­ness of breath, cough and joint and chest pain. The coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduces the secre­tion of the virus and its spread­ing from one per­son to anoth­er – the vac­ci­na­tion pro­tects both you and your loved ones.

In all, 66% of all the cit­i­zens in Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia health care dis­trict have now received their first vac­cine dose. 35% of the cit­i­zens in the area have received their sec­ond vac­cine dose. The coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions of the cit­i­zens with­in Soite are 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 region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/corona-virus-info/.

The group of author­i­ties wish­es to remind every­one that one should not go to the work­place, to school or to day care if one has even just mild symp­toms. Com­mon symp­toms that fit the coro­n­avirus are e.g. fever, sore throat, cough, headache, mus­cle ache, tired­ness and dis­tur­bances when it comes to smell or taste. Con­se­quent­ly, please seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing even if you only have mild symp­toms that fit the coro­n­avirus. You should seek out test­ing even if you have already been vaccinated.

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 group of author­i­ties has its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 11th 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. The group of author­i­ties con­sists of experts from the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL, the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency, the Cen­tre for Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment, Trans­port and the Envi­ron­ment as well as Soite.

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