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29.09.2021

Soite’s area remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic — the num­ber of infec­tions is rising

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group met on Wednes­day 29th of Sep­tem­ber 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion in the Soite area is still seri­ous and the num­ber of infec­tions is ris­ing. This epi­dem­ic is spread­ing among unvac­ci­nat­ed young adults. Soite’s area remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic and the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions remain unchanged. A strong face mask rec­om­men­da­tion is still in effect in the area.

Over the past 14 days, a total of 61 coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite and the inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 79/100,000 cit­i­zens. Last week a total of 1,206 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en and the share of pos­i­tive test results is 1.9 per­cent. The trace­abil­i­ty of chains of infec­tions is 75 %. Last week, 49 peo­ple were quar­an­tined. Two COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hospital.

This week the num­ber of coro­n­avirus infec­tions has begun to rise and yes­ter­day, on Tues­day 28th of Sep­tem­ber, a total of 19 coro­n­avirus infec­tions were con­firmed in a sin­gle day, which is the third high­est num­ber of dai­ly cas­es dur­ing the entire epidemic.

Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are main­ly con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or have only recent­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed. The aver­age age of those infect­ed is cur­rent­ly 29 years. Most of the infec­tions have been con­firmed in per­sons aged 20 to 29 years and per­sons aged 10 to 19 years. The major­i­ty of infec­tions were infec­tions that occurred with­in the fam­i­ly. The sec­ond most com­mon source of recent infec­tions has been dif­fer­ent social gath­er­ings dur­ing leisure time. 

As per the author­i­ty task group’s deci­sion, the Soite area remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. Region­al rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing social gath­er­ings remain unchanged. All cur­rent reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­na web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/

As infec­tions occur main­ly among young peo­ple who are still unvac­ci­nat­ed or who have an incom­plete vac­ci­na­tion series, and as the num­ber of infec­tions is ris­ing, the author­i­ty task group con­sid­ers it impor­tant that the region­al strong face mask rec­om­men­da­tion remains unchanged. Use of face masks curbs the spread of infec­tions in schools and edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions. The rec­om­men­da­tion about remote work is also still in effect in the Soite area.

We still rec­om­mend that you avoid gath­er­ings, fol­low hygiene guide­lines for pre­vent­ing infec­tions, and use a face mask in accor­dance with region­al rec­om­men­da­tions.

The group of author­i­ties wish­es to remind every­one that one should not go to school or work if one has symp­toms. It is easy to get test­ed for coro­n­avirus infec­tions in the Soite area and it is rec­om­mend­ed that those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have received only one dose of the vac­cine seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing with­out delay and even if they have only very mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion. While wait­ing for the result of the coro­n­avirus test, you must stay at home. For instruc­tions on how to act if a child has symp­toms of infec­tion and for instruc­tions on coro­n­avirus test­ing, vis­it Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/toimi-nain/ (avail­able in Finnish and Swedish).

We strong­ly rec­om­mend that you get vac­ci­nat­ed against the coro­n­avirus, as it will be dif­fi­cult to avoid the dis­ease in the future. The soci­ety is open­ing up and restric­tions relat­ed to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic are being removed nation­wide, but the coro­n­avirus is not dis­ap­pear­ing. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed. The risks asso­ci­at­ed with the vac­cine are sig­nif­i­cant­ly small­erthan those asso­ci­at­ed with coro­n­avirus infec­tion. Link: Infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus vaccination

The group of author­i­ties also stress­es the impor­tance of the sec­ond vac­cine dose. It is impor­tant to take the sec­ond dose of the vac­cine to strength­en the pro­tec­tive effect of the vac­cine against both the orig­i­nal coro­n­avirus strain and the virus muta­tions. The sec­ond dose also ensures that the pro­tec­tive effect lasts as long as pos­si­ble. Regard­ing the sec­ond vac­cine dose, Fin­land aims for an 80% vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age so that the soci­ety can be opened up safe­ly again. The sec­ond dose can be giv­en when at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination.

Vac­ci­na­tions will be done main­ly dur­ing walk-in vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing, which means you can come to a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion when it suits you best. The timetable for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group will hold its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 6th of Octo­ber 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. If there are changes in the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion, the author­i­ty task group will con­vene if nec­es­sary. The author­i­ty group con­sists of experts from the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare (THL), the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency (AVI), Cen­tre for Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment, Trans­port and the Envi­ron­ment (ELY) and Soite.

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