Message about Soite’s coronavirus situational picture on 28th of March 2021 — the number of coronavirus infections and the need for hospital care remain very high
The current situation of infection
The number of coronavirus infections and the need for hospital care remain very high in the Soite area. During last week (week 12), a total of 1,129 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in Soite’s tests. Last week, 1,994 coronavirus tests were taken. The share of positive tests was 57 %. This does not include infections confirmed through home tests, so the actual number is even higher.
The hospital workload is currently on a very high level. Nineteen COVID-19 positive patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital. There are currently no coronavirus patients in intensive care.
It is especially important to take the coronavirus vaccine now that the quickly spreading omicron variant is present in the area, as the vaccine protects you from serious forms of coronavirus disease in particular. Please take the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible if you have not yet done so, or if you have not yet taken the booster vaccine doses. A fourth coronavirus vaccine dose is now recommended for everyone aged 80 and older as well as for elderly persons living in nursing homes.
The key figures in the situational picture have been updated:
- Infections during last week: 1,129 (a week ago 1,112)
- In hospital care: 19 coronavirus patients
- Number of infections in the last 14 days 2,241 (a week ago 2,181)
- The incidence of infections during the last 14 days/100 000 citizens: 2,895 (a week ago 2,818)
- Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 15 coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in Soite’s area
- The epidemic status of the coronavirus epidemic status in Central Ostrobothnia: area with community transmission
The risk of infection in the Soite area is now very high, and we would once more like to remind everyone of the importance of the coronavirus safety procedures. In order to minimize the risk of infection, it is still important to follow the coronavirus hygiene recommendations i.e. wash your hands, use a protective mask and maintain a safety distance. You can go to work or school only if you are completely healthy. We would like to remind everyone that an extensive facial mask recommendation is in effect within Soite’s area.
A recommendation about remote work is still in effect within Soite’s area. It is recommended that employers utilize the hybrid model for remote work at workplaces so that employees take turns to work from home part of the time, as far as this is possible, so that not everyone is at the work place simultaneously.
Home testing is recommended as the primary method for confirming a coronavirus infection. Home tests are recommended for anyone who has symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a fever, a runny nose or a cough. We recommend repeating the home test again after a few days if the symptoms of respiratory infection persist.
If the coronavirus test is positive, you should stay in home isolation. The duration of isolation at home for a person who has become ill is 5 days starting from the day their symptoms began or the day they were tested, regardless of vaccination protection. The day the symptoms began or the testing day is day 0. During the duration of the home isolation, you have to avoid all contacts outside your home.
If you contact your occupational health services or health central, they can write a sick leave certificate for 5 days based on a home test. The Act is in effect from 28th of February to 30th of June 2022. Read more in the message on the Finnish Government’s website (in Finnish).
If you have received a positive result from a home test and are generally healthy, have mild respiratory symptoms and overall are feeling well, you do not generally need to contact the healthcare services or seek out coronavirus testing within the healthcare services.
If you need a medical certificate A for sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease for your employer, a positive home test result has to be confirmed within the health care services. Due to the Health Insurance Act being changed, you have to contact your own occupational health services or health central for a medical certificate A. Soite’s Infection Control Unit no longer issues medical certificates A.
Current instructions are found on Soite’s coronavirus website:
- If you suspect an infection, follow these instructions
- Treating a Coronavirus Infection at Home
- Instructions for people who have COVID-19
Coronavirus vaccinations are given as follows:
- Coronavirus vaccinations are now progressing with regards to all persons over the age of 5 who live in Soite’s area. The second dose can be given when at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination..
- A third vaccine dose is given to everyone over the age of 60 and to persons who belong to medical risk groups and who are at least 18 years or older if at least 3 months have passed since they received the second dose.
- A third vaccine dose is given to everyone aged 18 to 59 years if at least 4 months have passed since they received the second dose.
- A third vaccine dose is given to 12—17-year-olds who belong to a risk group if at least 6 months have passed since the second dose. A third dose can be given to other 12–17-year-olds if it is needed for other than medical reasons, for example before traveling somewhere.
- A third dose is given to persons aged 12 and older who have a severe immunodeficiency, if at least 2 months have passed since the second vaccination.
- A fourth dose is given to persons aged 12 and older who have a severe immunodeficiency, if at least 3 months have passed since the third vaccination.
- A fourth dose is given to persons aged 80 and older as well as to elderly residents at nursing homes, if at least 3 months have passed since the third vaccination
- Coronavirus vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 will be arranged by appointment at Soite’s vaccination centrals. You can book an appointment via Soite’s online Omahoito service: https://soite.terveytesi.fi/citizenportal/#/login. When 5-11 year old children are vaccinated, consent is needed by both parents.
Naturally, first doses of the vaccine are still being distributed and we encourage you to seek out coronavirus vaccination if you are completely unvaccinated. The coronavirus is not going away and it will be very difficult to avoid the disease in the future. It is significantly safer to encounter the coronavirus if you are vaccinated.
Soite’s corona vaccination indicator has been updated! In total, 90.6% of the citizens in the Soite area over the age of 18 have now received their first vaccine dose. 88.4 percent of persons over the age of 18 in the area have received their second vaccination dose. As many as 65.5 percent of persons over the age of 18 in the area have received their third vaccination dose.
Vaccinations are given mainly during walk-in vaccination days without appointment booking, which means you can come to a coronavirus vaccination when it suits you best. If you want Novavax’ vaccine, you have to book an appointment by phone.
This week, vaccination days without appointment booking are organized: 28th of March 9 am – 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
- 29th of March 9 am – 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
- 29th of March 3 pm to 5 pm Teerijärvi health station (Hörbyntie 8). Vaccine: Pfizer
- 30th of March 9 am – 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax
- 30th of March 10 am – 4.20 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer
- 31st of March 8.30 am – 3.30 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (the parish centre) (Valtakatu 20). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
- 31st of March 9 am – 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
- 31st of March 12 noon – 3.30 Perho health care centre (Vanhainkodintie 20). Vaccine: Pfizer
- 1st of April 8.30 am – 3 pm Toholampi seurakuntakoti (parish house) (Lampintie 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
Additional information and the timetable for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/
An appointment for a coronavirus vaccination may still be booked online on https://soite.terveytesi.fi/ or by phone on the number 06 828 7488. Phone hours Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. You can book an appointment via your health centre.