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20.04.2020

Infor­ma­tion on the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion in Soite on the 20th of April 2020

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group has a dai­ly meet­ing and updates the sit­u­a­tion pic­ture. The sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues to be calm in Soite’s area and the prepa­ra­tions pro­ceed accord­ing to plan.

The sit­u­a­tion is unchanged: No new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed today in Soite’s area. No coro­n­avirus patients are cared for on wards. Over­all, 16 coro­n­avirus infec­tions have been con­firmed in Soite’s area, and all chains of infec­tion have been traced. 

The sit­u­a­tion is still very calm on the coro­n­avirus clin­ic and on the coro­n­avirus helpline. The Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL has widened the test cri­te­ria, but this has not yet led to an increased num­ber of calls. 

Soite expands coro­n­avirus test­ing to the infec­tion units in Kan­nus and Tunkkari as of this week. Tests con­tin­ue to be done in Kokko­la on the coro­n­avirus clin­ic, in the com­mon emer­gency clin­ic and the pae­di­atric emer­gency clin­ic. A sep­a­rate announce­ment is made about this.

Soite has now a coro­n­avirus test­ing appa­ra­tus of its own. It is pri­mar­i­ly used to analyse urgent cas­es. Soite will then quick­ly have the infor­ma­tion on whether e.g. a patient who has come to the emer­gency clin­ic needs to be iso­lat­ed or if the per­son­nel who cares for him/her needs to use all pro­tec­tive gear. Quick diag­nos­tics will also speed up the work on ward 9, which func­tions as a coro­n­avirus sort­ing ward. In addi­tion to its own diag­nos­tics, Soite will con­tin­ue to send tests to Nord­Lab lab­o­ra­to­ries for analy­sis. The results from Nord­Lab come with­in a day. 

The coro­n­avirus task group is wor­ried about the fact that the num­ber of client and patient vis­its to units has decreased in a wor­ry­ing degree. Soites health cen­tres, the emer­gency clin­ic and social ser­vices are open and serve clients. If a client is giv­en an appoint­ment to Soite, a pro­fes­sion­al per­son has come to the con­clu­sion, that com­ing for treat­ment entails a small­er risk for the patient than leav­ing the health prob­lem untreat­ed. We want to con­tin­ue to stress that it is safe to come to Soite and that it is rec­om­mend­ed that health prob­lems are treat­ed in time. Oth­er­wise, they may get worse and lead to a need of urgent care in the emer­gency clin­ic or in spe­cialised health care.

The list on changes in the open­ing hours and oth­er changes in Soite was changed as follows:

  • All patients with a cold who need to come to a reception are treated in an infection unit. In Kokkola, these patients are treated on the coronavirus clinic, and patients outside Kokkola are treated in infection units in Kannus and Veteli (Tunkkari). Those who live in Kruunupyy are treated either in Kokkola or in Veteli (Tunkkari).
  • The reception in Lestijärvi is closed for the time being from 21th of April 2020. Those who live in the area are, regardless of health problem or concern, treated in other units in Soite. Contact by phoning 040 804 2000 as before.
  • Materials for outpatient care can be ordered electronically via the portal palse.fi.

The updat­ed infor­ma­tion on open­ing hours and oth­er changes in Soite due to the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion can be found on this page.

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