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14.08.2020

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.

Coro­n­avirus tests

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.

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