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26.02.2021

Soite con­tin­ues on the base lev­el when it comes to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic — one new case today

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group had an extra meet­ing on Fri­day the 26th of Feb­ru­ary 2021 in order to assess the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture and the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions. Soite’s area con­tin­ues on the base lev­el when it comes to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic and the rec­om­men­da­tions are still valid until the 15th of March 2021. One new coro­n­avirus case has been con­firmed in Soite’s area.

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group had an extra meet­ing on Fri­day the 26th of Feb­ru­ary 2021 in order to assess the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture because the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion wors­ened quick­ly on Thurs­day the 25th of Feb­ru­ary 2021. Four new coro­n­avirus cas­es were con­firmed in Soite’s area on Thurs­day after­noon and the cas­es did not seem to be relat­ed to one anoth­er or the the chains of infec­tion that have pre­vi­ous­ly been con­firmed in the area.

The author­i­ty task group not­ed that the area is close to meet­ing the cri­te­ria for mov­ing from the base lev­el to the accel­er­a­tion phase, but that cur­rent­ly this assess­ment can­not be made. The region­al sit­u­a­tion does not yet meet all the cri­te­ria for the accel­er­a­tion phase. There­fore, Soite’s area remains at the coro­n­avirus base lev­el until fur­ther notice.  The next cou­ple of days will show how the chains of infec­tions devel­op and if clus­ters of infec­tions form in the area.  The sit­u­a­tion is being close­ly mon­i­tored and the near future will show if there is an epi­demi­o­log­ic basis for reclas­si­fy­ing the area as an accel­er­a­tion phase area, which would result in stricter restric­tions in the area.

The direc­tive from the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency (Alue­hallintovi­ras­to) regard­ing a max­i­mum of 20 par­tic­i­pants at pub­lic events and gath­er­ings, both indoors and out­doors, is in effect until 1st of March 2021. The Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency will give a new direc­tive regard­ing the restric­tions on par­tic­i­pants today. With­in Soite’s area, the region­al author­i­ty group still rec­om­mends that no pri­vate gath­er­ings with more than 10 par­tic­i­pants should be arranged.

Cur­rent rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­na web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group has its next meet­ing on Mon­day 1st of March 2021.

The author­i­ty task group also wish­es to remind every­one of the update of the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act, which came into effect on Mon­day 22 Feb­ru­ary 2021, and in par­tic­u­lar § 58 c of the Act, which oblig­es all actors in the Soite area to with­in their premis­es act to pre­vent the spread of the coro­na epi­dem­ic. In prac­tice, this means the pos­si­bil­i­ty of main­tain­ing a safe­ty dis­tance of 2 meters and wash­ing one’s hands has to be ensured for all clients and par­tic­i­pants vis­it­ing the premis­es.  The Act also states that work­spaces and sur­faces have to be thor­ough­ly cleaned.

The sit­u­a­tion today

One new coro­n­avirus case has been con­firmed in Soite’s area. The chain of infec­tion is known and the infect­ed per­son was already in quar­an­tine. The case has thus not lead to any new exposures. 

A pos­si­ble exposure:

  • Between the 21st and the 23rd of February at the grocery store Sale in Koivuhaka in Kokkola. A customer who has been to the store has later been tested positive for the coronavirus. We ask that those who have been to Sale during the above-mentioned period keep an eye on their symptoms and seek out coronavirus testing with a low threshold.

One of the coro­n­avirus cas­es that was con­firmed yes­ter­day has been found in clos­er exam­i­na­tion to be a so called false pos­i­tive, i.e. the test has in fur­ther exam­i­na­tion been found to be neg­a­tive. The sta­tis­tics on Soite’s web­site will be corrected.

The region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site. Link: the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture.

Seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing ear­ly and even if you have only mild symptoms:

  • Online by filling out the coronavirus symptom checker at: https://www.omaolo.fi/palvelut/oirearviot/649.
  • By calling Soite’s corona helpline: 06 828 7499 (open weekdays 8 am to 5 pm and weekends 8 am to 4 pm). Children (under 16-year-old persons who are ill): Soite’s paediatric emergency clinic 06 826 4444 (open around the clock 24/7). If your health requires urgent care, call Soite’s Medical Helpline, 116 117.

Stop the coro­n­avirus from spreading:

  • Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer often
  • Cough into your sleeve or into a handkerchief
  • Keep a distance of 2 metres to other people
  • Use a mask
  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and seek out coronavirus testing at an early stage and even if you only have mild symptoms
  • Install and use the Koronavilkku coronavirus app
  • Get vaccinated when it’s your turn.
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