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25.04.2022

Cur­rent Coro­n­avirus Infor­ma­tion in Soite’s Area on April 25th 2022

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infection 

The inci­dence of the coro­n­avirus con­tin­ues to decrease slow­ly in Soite’s area, but there is still a great deal of COVID-19 in cir­cu­la­tion. The need of hos­pi­tal care is on a high lev­el espe­cial­ly among the elder­ly and per­sons who belong to a risk group. Dur­ing last week (week 16), 552 new coro­n­avirus cas­es were con­firmed in Soite’s tests. Last week, about 1,130 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en. The share of pos­i­tive test results was 49%. Pos­i­tive results in home tests are not includ­ed in these num­bers, and the real num­ber is thus even higher. 

17 patients with COVID-19 are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal. One patient with COVID-19 is cur­rent­ly being treat­ed in inten­sive care. 

The key fig­ures in the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture have been updat­ed: 

  • Infections last week: 552 (a week ago 637) 
  • In hospital care: 17 patients with the coronavirus 
  • The number of coronavirus cases during the last 14 days: 1,187 (a week ago 1,486) 
  • The incidence of infections during the last 14 days/100 000 citizens: 1,534 (a week ago 1,920) 
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 23 coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in the Central Ostrobothnia hospital district.   

Instruc­tions  

The risk of infec­tion is cur­rent­ly 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.  One can go to work and to school only if one is com­plete­ly healthy. 

A rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks is still in effect in Soite’s area. A rec­om­men­da­tion on remote work is also 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. 

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 got symp­toms or start­ing from the day they were test­ed, regard­less of vac­ci­na­tion pro­tec­tion. The day the symp­toms began or the day of test­ing 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 

Vac­ci­na­tions 

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 available for everyone over the age of 60 and to persons who belong to medical risk groups and are at least 18 years old if at least 3 months have passed since they received the second dose.  
  • A third vaccine dose is available for 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. 
  • A fourth coronavirus vaccine is now available in Soite’s area for all persons who have turned 80 and for elderly who live in nursing homes, 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.  Consent is needed from both parents in order for a 5-11-year-old child to be vaccinated. 

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, 90.6% of the cit­i­zens in Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia health care dis­trict over the age of 18 have now received their first vac­cine dose. 88.4% of all per­sons over the age of 18 have received their sec­ond vac­cine dose. As many as 66.2% 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: 

  • 25th of April 9 am – 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna. 
  • 25th of April 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm Teerijärvi health station (Hörbyntie 8). Vaccine: Pfizer. 
  • 26th of April 9 am – 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna. 
  • 27th of April 9 am – 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax 
  • 27th of April 10.15 am – 4.20 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer. 
  • 28th of April 8.30 am – 3.30 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (the parish centre) (Valtakatu 20). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna. 
  • 28th of April 9 am – 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna. 
  • 29th of April 8.30 am – 3 pm Toholampi seurakuntakoti (parish house) (Lampintie 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 the num­ber 06 828 7488. Phone hours Mon­day to Thurs­day from 9 am to 3 pm. You can also book an appoint­ment via your health care centre. 

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