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04.04.2022

Mes­sage about Soite’s coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture on the 4th of April 2022 — the infec­tions con­firmed dur­ing March were main­ly caused by the omi­cron sub-vari­ant BA.2

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infection 

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion has eased some­what in the Soite area, although the num­ber of infec­tions and the need for hos­pi­tal­iza­tion remain on a high lev­el. Dur­ing last week (week 13), a total of 805 new coro­n­avirus infec­tions were con­firmed in Soite’s tests. Last week, 1,569 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en. The share of pos­i­tive tests was 51 %. This does not include infec­tions con­firmed through home tests, so the actu­al num­ber is even higher. 

Some of the tests tak­en in Soite are sent for a more detailed analy­sis, sequenc­ing, in order to deter­mine the virus vari­ant. Analy­ses have shown that the coro­n­avirus wave that occurred in Soite’s area in March was caused main­ly by the omi­cron sub-vari­ant BA.2. The symp­toms are the same in both sub-vari­ants, but sub-vari­ant BA.2 is more infec­tious than the pre­vi­ous omi­cron virus and this part­ly explains the high num­ber of infections. 

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. 

Fif­teen COVID-19 pos­i­tive patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hos­pi­tal. There are cur­rent­ly no coro­n­avirus patients in inten­sive care. 

The key fig­ures in the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture have been updated:

  • Infections during last week: 805 (a week ago 1,129) 
  • In hospital care: 15 coronavirus patients 
  • Number of infections in the last 14 days 1,934 (a week ago 2,241) 
  • The incidence of infections during the last 14 days/100 000 citizens:  2,499 (a week ago 2,895) 
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 17 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 also 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 day the per­son is test­ed is count­ed as 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 

Vac­ci­na­tions 

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 also 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 also 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 also 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 65.7 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 the Novavax vac­cine, you have to book an appoint­ment by phone. This week, vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing are organized:

  • 4th of April 9 am – 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
  • 5th of April 9 am – 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
  • 6th of April 9 am – 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax.
  • 6th of April 10 am – 4.20 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
  • 6th April 4 pm – 7 pm Lestijärvi health station (Niemeläntie 3A). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
  • 7th of April 8.30 am – 3.30 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (the parish centre) (Valtakatu 20). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
  • 7th of April 9 am – 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
  • 7th of April 12 noon - 3 pm, Perho health care centre (Vanhainkodintie 20). Vaccine: Pfizer.
  • 7th of April 3 pm - 6 pm Kruunupyy health station (Säbråntie 1). Vaccine: Pfizer.   8th 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 also book an appoint­ment via your health centre. 

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