Current issues about the coronavirus situation within Soite region
Within Soite’s area, the coronavirus situation is still quite calm and preparations proceed according to plan. No new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Soite’s area recently. The latest case was confirmed 20.7.2020. Overall, 32 coronavirus infections have now been confirmed in Central Ostrobothnia’s hospital district.
The situation is busy in the coronavirus helpline and at the infection receptions, and the number of tests has doubled compared to June. As per national recommendations, coronavirus tests are performed on anyone showing respiratory symptoms or other symptoms indicative of coronavirus infections.
Within Soite, about 100 tests are done every day and the results are usually received within 1–2 days. In Kokkola tests are done on Soite’s coronavirus receptions, emergency reception and pediatric reception. Furthermore, tests are done at the coronavirus receptions at the health stations in Tunkkari and Kannus.
If you have even only mild symptoms indicative of corona, stay at home and contact Soite’s coronavirus helpline 06 828 7499 (open every day 8 am to 16 pm). If your health condition requires emergency care, please call Soite’s emergency reception at 06 826 4500 or Soite’s pediatric reception on 06 826 4444.
Prevention of coronavirus infection – no mask recommendation yet for Central Ostrobothnia
In the prevention of coronavirus it is important to observe hygiene guidelines and restrictions on meetings:
- Do not go to work, school or public places even if you have only mild cold-like symptoms
- Observe good hand and cough hygiene. Wash your hands with water and soap often. Cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue or your elbow, not your hand.
- Maintain social distancing and a safety distance of 1-2 meters.
- If possible, work from home.
- Avoid unnecessary travelling abroad.
- Aditional information about the prevention of coronavirus infection can be found on the Finnish Institute for health and welfare’s web page.
The Finnish goverment and the Finnish Institute for health and welfare have given out recommendations regarding the use of protective masks. The recommendation is regional and concerns hospital districts where coronavirus infections have been confirmed during the last two weeks. No new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Central Ostrobothnia during the last two weeks, and thus masks have not been recommended for this area. The recommendation can be found on the Finnish Institute for health and welfare’s website.
Soite has instructed schools and other educational institutions in how to prevent the spread of coronavirus and in how to act if a student falls ill.
Tracking those exposed to the virus, and implementing isolation and quarantine
Isolation means that a patient who has been infected is isolated from healthy individuals. Isolation may be carried out at home or at a hospital, and is done to prevent further spread.
Quarantine means restricting a healthy person’s freedom of movement. Some infectious diseases can be contagious even before the actual symptoms show. Quarantine prevents the ibnfection from spreading through a possibly symptom free carrier.
According to the Communicable Diseases Act (1227/2016), a physician responsible for communicable diseases in the municipality or hospital district may order a person into isolation or quarantine if the person has a generally hazardous communicable disease or is suspected of having a generally hazardous communicable disease or a communicable disease that is reasonably suspected of being generally hazardous. In this case, the person is entitled to sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease.
In case of a coronavirus infection the patient is placed in home quarantine after the coronavirus test and the quarantine lasts at least until the test result is ready. If the patient is confirmed to have a coronavirus infection, they will have to remain in isolation in accordance with what has been prescribed by physician in charge of communicable diseases.
Soiten’s personnel tracks those who have been exposed to the coronavirus and prescribes quarantine as needed for those who have been in close contact with the person infected. If a person who has been exposed to coronavirus begins to show symptoms, Soite will check to see if it is because of a coronavirus infection. Depending on the results of the examination, the quarantine is expanded as needed to the patient’s family and friends. Before this the patient’s family and friends do not infect others.
Soite is currently preparing for the introduction of the national coronavirus app Korona-vilkku, an app that helps track the chain of infection. We will publish more information about this later.
Visits at Soite’s wards
Because of the coronavirus, restrictions on visiting are currently implemented at the central hospital. 1–2 visitors at a time are allowed at wards, and these visitors have to be symptom-free. Visitors have to use surgical face masks and observe the corona guidelines for hygiene. The wards have reserved surgical masks to distribute to visitors.
At Soite’s enhanced round-the-clock care units, residents may receive their friends and family in their own room. 1–2 visitors at a time are allowed and the visit may last 1–2 hours. The visitor has to use surgical face masks and observe the corona guidelines for hygiene. Soite’s personnel will hand out protective masks to visitors.