Four new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area — a mass expo­sure in Kannus

Four new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area on the after­noon of Thurs­day 25th of Feb­ru­ary. The infec­tions are not relat­ed to one anoth­er, nor do they seem to be relat­ed to the chains of infec­tions that have pre­vi­ous­ly been con­firmed in the area. The ori­gin of the infec­tions is cur­rent­ly under investigation.

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion in Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia sig­nif­i­cant­ly wors­ened dur­ing Thurs­day. It is now very impor­tant to keep the num­ber of close con­tacts to a min­i­mum and to be mind­ful of prop­er use of face masks, safe­ty dis­tances and hand hygiene. Unnec­es­sary social gath­er­ings should be avoided!

If the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion requires it, a deci­sion regard­ing a tran­si­tion to the accel­er­a­tion phase will be made in the near future.

One of the new infec­tions was con­firmed in Kan­nus and is asso­ci­at­ed with a mass expo­sure at a school, Juhani Vuorisen koulu, between Feb­ru­ary 22nd and 23rd 2021. We have start­ed con­tact­ing those exposed and Soite will con­tact every­one who has been exposed as soon as pos­si­ble. Sev­er­al dozens of peo­ple will be placed in quarantine.

Kan­nus’ edu­ca­tion­al admin­is­tra­tion has decid­ed that in order to ensure that class­es will be able to con­tin­ue, the ninth graders at Juhani Vuorisen koulu will switch to dis­tance learn­ing on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 26th, 2021, after which the win­ter hol­i­days will begin. The city of Kan­nus will use the Wilma net­work to inform stu­dents and par­ents lat­er in more detail about how class­es will be arranged after the win­ter holidays

Soite asks young peo­ple in Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia to be very care­ful regard­ing their per­son­al coro­na safe­ty and to avoid unnec­es­sary social con­tacts dur­ing the next week. Seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing ear­ly and even if you have only very mild symp­toms indica­tive of the coro­n­avirus.

Seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing ear­ly and even if you have only very mild symptoms:

  • Online by filling out the corona symptom evaluation at the address:
  • By calling Soite’s coronavirus helpline: 06 828 7499 (open weekdays 8 am to 5 pm and weekends 8 am to 4 pm). Children (for persons younger than 16 who are ill). Soite’s paediatric emergency clinic 06 826 4444 (open around the clock 24/7) If you require urgent care, call Soite's Medical Helpline, phone 116 117.

Stop the spread of the coronavirus:

  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and seek out coronavirus testing early and even if you have only very mild symptoms
  • Use a mask
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Cough in your sleeve or in a tissue
  • Keep a distance to other people
  • Install and use the Koronavilkku coronavirus app
  • When it’s your turn, take the coronavirus vaccine.

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