Current Coronavirus Information in Soite’s Area on November 15th 2021
The current situation of infection
The coronavirus situation remains serious in the Soite area. During last week (week 45), a total of 107 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in the Soite area. Half of those infected were already in quarantine. The average age of those infected is 28 years. 84 percent of the infections have been traced.
Last week, circa 1,967 coronavirus samples were taken. The percentage of positive samples was 5.5 %. Coronavirus infections are still mainly concentrated to those who have not been vaccinated or who have not received a complete series of vaccinations.
Thirteen COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia Central Hospital. Patients with COVID-19 are isolated and treated separately from other patients. Although the need for hospital care has increased, we will manage the situation without adjusting other hospital operations, i.e. other hospital operations will continue as normal.
The key figures in the situational picture have been updated:
- Infections during last week: 107 (a week ago 130)
- In hospital care: 13 coronavirus patients
- Number of infections in the last 14 days: 237 (a week ago 242)
- The incidence of infections during the last 14 days/100,000 citizens: 306 (a week ago 313)
- 5.5 % of coronavirus test results are positive (a week ago 6.4 %)
- Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 5 coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in the Central Ostrobothnia hospital district
- The epidemic status of the coronavirus epidemic in Central Ostrobothnia: area with community transmission
The list of possible exposures has been updated! Coronavirus exposures may have occurred in the following places:
- 10th of November 6 pm - 7.30 pm Amarillo, Kokkola
- 10th of November 4.30 pm - 5 pm McDonald’s, Kokkola
- 9th of November 5 pm - 6 pm the swimming centre Vesiveijari, Kokkola
- 6th of November 4 pm - 5 pm ABC Hesburger, Kokkola
- 4th of November 6 am - 8 am the swimming centre Vesiveijari, Kokkola
The list of all possible exposures in the Soite area: https://korona.soite.fi/en/possible-exposures-to-covid-19/
The most important part is to follow the hygiene recommendations and seek out coronavirus testing if you are not yet vaccinated. Current recommendations regarding the coronavirus epidemic within Soite’s area are listed on Soite’s corona website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/
Those who are still unvaccinated should seek out coronavirus testing immediately even if they only have very mild symptoms indicative of coronavirus. The coronavirus test result should be awaited at home and in quarantine so as not to potentially expose others to the coronavirus, for example in the workplace.
Those who have received two doses should seek out coronavirus testing if they have been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus case and are experiencing symptoms or if they are suffering from symptoms of a respiratory infection and belong to a risk group or work with the social and health care services.
Directives and recommendations within Soite’s area
In accordance with sub-section 1 of section 58 in the Communicable Diseases Act, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland forbids all such public events that are held indoors in the municipalities in the Central Ostrobothnia Hospital District (with the exception of Reisjärvi) that have over 100 (one hundred) participants and: Reisjärvi) all such indoor public events with more than 100 (one hundred) participants:
1. where such audience spaces are used where not all participants have been allotted a seat of their own or
2. that are sing-along events that are considered public events.
The regulation is in effect for three weeks between 15th of November and 5th of December 2021. Additional information in the Institute’s message (in Finnish).
Instructions for event organizers
Instructions for event organizers are found on Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/instructions-to-event-organizers/.
By law, the COVID-19 passport is intended for situations where there are restrictions that have been set in place by authorities in order to prevent the spread of the epidemic. The COVID-19 passport may also be used at private gatherings, for example during pre-Christmas celebrations, in order to ensure the coronavirus safety at the event.
Soite’s corona vaccination indicator has been updated! In total, 88.3% of the citizens in the Soite area over the age of 12 have now received their first vaccine dose. 81.9 percent of persons over the age of 12 have received their second vaccination dose. Of the entire population in the area, 75.5% have received their first dose and 70% their second. Vaccinations with the third doses are under way and so far, 2,392 third doses have been administered.
Vaccinations will be done mainly during walk-in vaccination days without appointment booking, which means you can come to a coronavirus vaccination when it suits you best. First, second and third doses will be administered during the walk-in-days. At a walk-in vaccination, it is possible to arrange for the second dose to be given earlier than planned, if at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination.
This week, vaccination days without appointment booking are organized:
- 15th of November 9 am - 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 16th of November 9 am to 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 16th of November 9 am - 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 17th of November 9 am to 7 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 17th of November 9 am - 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccine: Pfizer and Moderna
- 18th of November 9 am - 3.30 pm, Perho health care centre (Vanhainkodintie 20). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 18th of November 9 am - 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 18th of November 8.30 am - 3.30 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (the parish centre) (Valtakatu 20). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 19th of November 9 am to 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 19th of November 9 am - 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 19th of November 12 noon -12.45 pm Teerijärvi health station (Hörbyntie 8). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 19th of November 8.30 am - 3.30 pm Toholampi seurakuntakoti (parish house) (Lampintie 7). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 20th of November 9 am - 5 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccine: Pfizer and Moderna
Additional information and the timetable for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/
An appointment for a coronavirus vaccination may still be booked online on https://soite.terveytesi.fi/ or by phone on 06 828 7488 (telephone hours: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 3 pm and Friday 9 am to 2 pm) or by phone via your local health centre.
Vaccinations are now progressing with regards to all persons over the age of 12 who live in Soite’s area. All persons over 60 years of age and all persons over 12 years of age in risk groups 1 and 2 can visit Soite’s vaccination points for a third coronavirus vaccination if at least 6 months have passed since they received their second dose. The vaccination information is checked at the vaccination site and if less than 6 months have passed since the second vaccination, a third vaccine dose cannot yet be given.
A third vaccine dose is also still available for immunocompromised persons over the age of 12 as well as personnel within the social and health care systems.
Coronavirus vaccine recipients can also receive the influenza vaccine during the same visit if they belong to the target group for influenza vaccinations.
Why should I take the coronavirus vaccine?
- Coronavirus vaccines give effective protection against 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.
- By taking the vaccine, you can protect not only yourself but also others. The coronavirus vaccination significantly reduces the secretion of the virus and its spreading from one person to another.
- The risks associated with the vaccine are significantly smaller than those associated with coronavirus infection. Link: Information about the coronavirus vaccination
- With vaccinations, we can return to a more normal life and the need for restrictions is reduced. Everyone who decides to take the vaccine makes a difference.