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13.10.2021

Soite con­tin­ues in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase — the rec­om­men­da­tion on remote work and the exten­sive rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks is in effect

Infor­ma­tion on the 13th of Octo­ber 2021

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 group of author­i­ties had a meet­ing on Wednes­day 13th of Octo­ber 2021 in order to assess the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture and the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions. The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in Soite’s area. Soite con­tin­ues in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase when it comes to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. It is rec­om­mend­ed that pos­si­bil­i­ties to work remote­ly are utilised in the area. The exten­sive rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks is in effect for now.

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the area. The region­al inci­dence is cur­rent­ly 123/100 000 cit­i­zens in 14 days. 26 new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area this week. The num­ber of coro­n­avirus tests has increased and last week, a total of 1389 were tak­en. 4.1% of these were pos­i­tive. Five patients with COVID-19 are treat­ed at the moment at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Cen­tral Hospital.

Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are main­ly occur­ring among unvac­ci­nat­ed per­sons and per­sons who have only recent­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed. Infec­tions are occur­ring most com­mon­ly among 10–19-year-old per­sons and sec­ond most com­mon­ly among per­sons under the age of ten and in the age group 30–39-year-olds. The aver­age age among those who have been infect­ed is cur­rent­ly 33 years. Most of those who have been infect­ed have been infect­ed in the fam­i­ly circle.

In accor­dance with the deci­sion by the group of author­i­ties, Soite’s area con­tin­ues in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase when it comes to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. The region­al rec­om­men­da­tions remain for the most part unchanged. All the region­al reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/

The group of author­i­ties dis­cussed the rec­om­men­da­tion on remote work and the region­al, exten­sive rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks. When it comes to remote work, it is rec­om­mend­ed that employ­ers utilise a so called hybrid mod­el where some of the work is, if pos­si­ble, done remote­ly in turns, so that only a part of the per­son­nel present at the work­place at the same time. The rec­om­men­da­tion on remote work is in effect in Soite’s area until the 31st of Octo­ber 2021. It is also rec­om­mend­ed that breaks are held in small­er groups at work­places, that social dis­tanc­ing is prac­tised and that meet­ings are held in a coro­n­avirus safe way.

The exten­sive rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks is still in effect in Soite’s area and remains in effect for now. The rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks is, thus, also still in effect in the schools and edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions in the 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 general 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, both indoors and outdoors, if it is impossible to maintain safe distances.

The group of author­i­ties reminds every­one that one should not move out­side the home if one has even just mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion. 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 still rec­om­mend that you avoid gath­er­ings, fol­low hygiene guide­lines for pre­vent­ing infec­tions, and use a face mask in accor­dance with region­al rec­om­men­da­tions.

We strong­ly rec­om­mend get­ting a full vac­ci­na­tion series, as it is dif­fi­cult to avoid the dis­ease in the future. The soci­ety is open­ing up and the restric­tions con­nect­ed to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic are lift­ed nation­al­ly, but the coro­n­avirus is not dis­ap­pear­ing. The effect of vac­cines is seen clear­ly in the cur­rent epi­demi­o­log­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, as the infec­tions are main­ly con­cen­trat­ed to unvac­ci­nat­ed per­sons and per­sons who 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 small­er than those asso­ci­at­ed with a coro­n­avirus infec­tion. Link: Infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus vaccination

Vac­ci­na­tions are now main­ly giv­en on walk-in vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing, which means you can come to a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion when it suits you best. The sched­ule for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/ The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 group of author­i­ties has its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 20th of Octo­ber 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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