Current coronavirus information in Soite’s area on the 14th of March 2022 – the number of coronavirus infections is on an all-time high in Soite’s area
The current situation of infection
The number of coronavirus cases is still very high in Soite’s area. The need of hospital care is also still great. During last week (week 10), 1,069 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Soite’s tests. This is the highest number that has been confirmed by Soite in a week during the pandemic. Last week, 1,900 coronavirus tests were taken. The share of positive test results was 55%. Positive results in home tests are not included in these numbers, and the real number is thus even higher.
13 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia Central Hospital. No patients with COVID-19 are currently treated in intensive care.
The risk of infection is currently very high in Soite’s area and that is why we continue to remind of the importance of safety measures associated with the coronavirus. In order to minimize the risk of infection, it is important to follow the coronavirus hygiene recommendations i.e. wash your hands, use a protective mask and maintain a safe distance. We wish to remind everyone that a broader recommendation on the use of face masks is in effect in Soite’s area.
A recommendation on remote work is also still in effect in Soite’s area. 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 small group is present at the workplace at the same time.
The key figures in the situational picture have been updated:
- Infections last week: 1,069 (a week ago 823)
- In hospital care: 13 patients with coronavirus
- The number of coronavirus cases during the last 14 days: 1,892 (a week ago 1,611)
- The incidence of infections during the last 14 days/100 000 citizens: 2,440 (a week ago 2,081)
- Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 13 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
Home testing is recommended as the primary method for confirming a coronavirus infection. Home tests are recommended for everyone who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, a head cold or a cough. We recommend repeating the home test again after a few days if the symptoms of respiratory infection persist.
If a coronavirus test is positive, you have to stay in home isolation. The duration of isolation for a person who has become ill is 5 days starting from the day they were tested, regardless of vaccination protection. The day of the test is day 0. During home isolation, one must avoid all contact with persons outside the home.
One’s occupational health or health centre may write a certificate for a five-day sick-leave based on a positive result in a home test and based on your contact. The act is in effect from February 28th through June 30th 2022. For more information, please read the website of the Finnish Government (in Finnish).
If you get a positive result in a home test and have no underlying diseases, have mild respiratory symptoms and your general condition is good, you do not usually need to contact the health care services or to seek out coronavirus testing in the health care services.
A positive result in a home test should be verified in the health care services if one needs a medical certificate A for the employer for sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease. Following a change in the Health Insurance Act, one must contact one’s occupational health or one’s health centre in order to get a medical certificate A. Soites Infection Control Unit no longer writes medical certificate A.
Up-to-date instructions can be found on Soite’s coronavirus website:
- Do this if you suspect a coronavirus infection
- Treating a Coronavirus Infection at Home
- Instructions for Persons Who Have Covid-19
It is especially important to take the coronavirus vaccine now, as the quickly spreading omicron variant is present in the area, as the vaccine protects you from serious forms of coronavirus disease in particular. Please take the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible if you have not yet done so, or if you have not yet taken the booster vaccine doses.
Coronavirus vaccinations are given as follows:
- The vaccinations of the citizens are progressing with regards to all persons over the age of 5 who live in Soite’s area. The second dose can be given when at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination.
- A third vaccine dose is given to everyone over the age of 60 and to persons who belong to medical risk groups and are at least 18 years if at least 3 months have passed since they received the second dose.
- A third vaccine dose is given to all persons aged 18 to 59 if at least 4 months have passed since they received the second dose.
- 12-17-year old persons who belong to a risk group are given a third vaccine dose if at least six months has passed since the second dose. A third dose may also be given to other 12-17-year-old persons if this is necessary for other than medical reasons, for example because of travelling.
- A third dose is also given to persons aged 12 and older who have a severe immunodeficiency, if at least two months have passed since the second dose.
- A fourth dose is given to persons aged 12 and older who have a severe immunodeficiency, if at least 3 months have passed since the third vaccination.
- Coronavirus vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 are arranged by appointment at Soite’s vaccination centrals. Appointments are booked online via Soite’s Omahoito service: https://soite.terveytesi.fi. In order for a 5-11-year-old child to be vaccinated, consent is needed from both parents.
Naturally, first doses of the vaccine are also still being distributed and we encourage you to seek out coronavirus vaccination if you are completely unvaccinated. The coronavirus is not going away and it is very difficult to avoid the illness in the future. It is significantly safer to encounter the coronavirus if you are vaccinated.
Soite’s corona vaccination indicator has now been updated! In all, 90.5% of the citizens in Central Ostrobothnia health care district over the age of 18 have now received their first vaccine dose. 88.3% of all persons over the age of 18 have received their second vaccine dose. 64.8% of all persons over the age of 18 have received their third vaccine dose.
Vaccinations are mainly given on walk-in vaccination days without appointment booking, which means you can come to a coronavirus vaccination when it suits you best.
Vaccination days without appointment booking are organized this week as follows:
- 14th – 15th of March 9 am – 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- 15th of March 3 pm – 6 pm Teerijärvi health station (Hörbyntie 8). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 16th of March 9 am – 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 16th of March 9 am – 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax
- 17th of March 8.30 am – 3.30 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (the parish centre) (Valtakatu 20). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- 17th of March 9 am – 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- 17th of March 12 noon – 4.30 pm, Perho health care centre (Vanhainkodintie 20). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- 18th of March 8.30 am – 3 pm Toholampi seurakuntakoti (parish house) (Lampintie 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- 18th of March 9 am – 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- 19th of March 9 am – 3 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: 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 the number 06 828 7488. Phone hours Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm and Friday 9 am to 2 pm. You can also book an appointment via your health care centre.