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.