Infor­ma­tion on the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture regard­ing the coro­n­avirus in Soite on the 22nd of Feb­ru­ary 2021

As of now, Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group has a meet­ing on Thurs­days and when need­ed. We will still pub­lish infor­ma­tion about the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture on Mon­days as well. The pre­pared­ness is in accor­dance with plan.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infection

No new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area after the four cas­es we informed about dur­ing the weekend.

We empha­size that it is still extreme­ly impor­tant to fol­low coro­na hygiene guide­lines: it is espe­cial­ly 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.

The key fig­ures in the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture have been updated:

  • The number of coronavirus cases during the last 14 days: 17 (the previous number was 19)
  • The incidence of infections during the last 14 days/100 000 citizens: 21.8 (the previous number was 24)
  • No patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated at the Central Ostrobothnia Central Hospital.
  • 0.75% of the coronavirus tests are positive. During week 7, 1458 people were tested for coronavirus in Soite.
  • The number of coronavirus infections that have been confirmed in Soite since the pandemic began: 207
  • The traceability of chains of infection is 80% in the hospital district
  • The epidemiological situation in Central Ostrobothnia: base level

Ski tracks, slopes, and forests are now the safest places for a holiday

THL (the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare) rec­om­mends that win­ter hol­i­day­mak­ers get their out­door exer­cise among close friends and avoid large crowds.  The risk of infec­tion is cur­rent­ly present in all parts of Fin­land, although there are region­al dif­fer­ences in the inci­dence of the virus. The epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion changes con­stant­ly and trav­el­ling increas­es the risk of the virus spreading. 

“This year it is worth con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty of spend­ing the ski­ing hol­i­day close to home and focus­ing on out­door activ­i­ties among peo­ple close to you”, says THL direc­tor Mika Salminen.

Those with symp­toms of coro­n­avirus dis­ease should not take part in any hol­i­day activ­i­ties. Instead, you should seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing immediately.

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about safe win­ter hol­i­days at THL:s web site.


Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions of the elder­ly are pro­gress­ing with­in Soite’s area. The appoint­ment book­ing to coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions for elder­ly per­sons above the age of 80 who live at home and their infor­mal care­givers as well as oth­er elder­ly per­sons (over the age of 70, e.g. spous­es) who live in the same house­hold will open again next week on Tues­day 23rd of Feb­ru­ary at 12 noon. The appoint­ment book­ing will be opened every Tues­day at 12 noon as long as we have vac­cine dos­es available.

You can book an appoint­ment for coro­na vac­ci­na­tion either elec­tron­i­cal­ly or by phone:

  • book an appointment by phone: 06 828 7488. Opens Tuesdays at 12 noon as long as there are appointments available. At other times, you will hear a recorded message. You can also book an appointment for an elderly person by phone.
  • electronic appointment booking in the Omahoito service on the address:
    You have to log in to the Omahoito service with your own bank codes (or other secure identification) before you can book an appointment for yourself. You can book an appointment for another person if you have made an agreement regarding this. Read more: (in Finnish)

The elec­tron­ic appoint­ment book­ing runs more smooth­ly and we rec­om­mend that you book your appoint­ment online if pos­si­ble. If an infor­mal care­giv­er or part­ner who lives in the same house­hold is to be vac­ci­nat­ed at the same time, the appoint­ment book­ing must be done by phone for both.

Please make sure that your elder­ly rel­a­tives get a vac­ci­na­tion appoint­ment and get to the vac­ci­na­tion site.

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions for peo­ple younger than 70 years of age who belong to risk group 1 are also under way in Soite’s area. At first, peo­ple from this group who attend check-ups at Soite (such as organ trans­plan­ta­tion and can­cer patients) will be vac­ci­nat­ed.  They will be per­son­al­ly con­tact­ed by phone so that a vac­ci­na­tion appoint­ment can be agreed on. This course of action is pos­si­ble since the num­ber of peo­ple to be vac­ci­nat­ed is rel­a­tive­ly small. Per­sons younger than 70 will be vac­ci­nat­ed using AstraZeneca’s vac­cine, while per­sons old­er than 70 will receive Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine.

You can fol­low how the vac­ci­na­tion pro­gress­es in the area with the help of Soite’s coro­na vac­ci­na­tion indi­ca­tor, which is updat­ed on Mon­day after­noons.


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