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24.02.2021

Soite remains at the coro­n­avirus base lev­el – two new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area

Cen­tral Ostrobothnia’s region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group gath­ered on Wednes­day 24th of Feb­ru­ary 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture as well as the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions. Soite remains at the coro­n­avirus base lev­el and cur­rent rec­om­men­da­tions remain in effect until 15th of March 2021. Two new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area.

Dur­ing last week (week 7) a total of 11 new coro­n­avirus infec­tions were con­firmed in Soite’s area. 50 peo­ple were placed in quar­an­tine. Over the past 14 days, a total of 17 coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite and the inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing the last 14 days is cur­rent­ly 21.8 /100 000 cit­i­zens No COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at the Cen­tral Hospital.

Despite the part­ly wor­ry­ing devel­op­ment of the coro­na sit­u­a­tion, the author­i­ty task group con­clud­ed that Soite’s area will remain at the base lev­el when it comes to the coro­n­avirus, as the sit­u­a­tions have been well-man­aged and trace­able. The cur­rent region­al coro­n­avirus rec­om­men­da­tions remain in effect until 15th of March 2021.  It is espe­cial­ly impor­tant to try to avoid groups and reduce all social con­tact as much as pos­si­ble and of course to fol­low the hygiene instruc­tions in order to pre­vent fur­ther coro­n­avirus infections.

It is rec­om­mend­ed that those who par­tic­i­pate in the matric­u­la­tion exam­i­na­tions place them­selves in vol­un­tary quar­an­tine to avoid social con­tacts for 14 days before the start of the exam­i­na­tions. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion in THL’s mes­sage (in Finnish).

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 dur­ing this week.  The Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency strong­ly rec­om­mends avoid­ing all phys­i­cal gath­er­ings if one does not have to orga­nize them. 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 the page Reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions.

The author­i­ty task group also wish­es to remind every­one of the update of the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act, which came to effect on Mon­day 22 Feb­ru­ary 2021, and in par­tic­u­lar §58c of the Act, which oblig­es all actors in the Soite area, such as pri­vate com­pa­nies, foun­da­tions, munic­i­pal­i­ties and joint munic­i­pal­i­ties and reli­gious com­mu­ni­ties and bod­ies gov­erned by pub­lic law to with­in their premis­es act to pre­vent the spread of the coro­na epi­dem­ic. In prac­tice, this means that the pos­si­bil­i­ty of main­tain­ing safe­ty dis­tances and wash­ing one’s hands have to be ensured for all clients and par­tic­i­pants vis­it­ing the premis­es.  Fur­ther­more, instruc­tions regard­ing how to pre­vent the spread of infec­tions have to be for­mu­lat­ed. The Act also states that work­spaces and sur­faces have to be thor­ough­ly cleaned.

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group has its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 3rd of March 2021. If new nation­al guide­lines are issued, the author­i­ty task group may meet ear­li­er than this.

Today’s sit­u­a­tion

Two new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area. The chains of infec­tion have been traced and those infect­ed were already in quar­an­tine since before the infec­tions were confirmed.

Link: the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture

Stop the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Cough in your sleeve or in a tissue
  • Keep a distance to other people
  • Use a mask
  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and seek out coronavirus testing early and even if you have only very mild symptoms
  • Install and use the Koronavilkku coronavirus app
  • When it’s your turn, take the coronavirus vaccine.

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

  • Online by filling out the corona symptom evaluation at the address: https://www.omaolo.fi/?lang=en
  • By calling Soite’s corona helpline: 06 828 7499 (open weekdays 8 am to 5 pm and weekends 8 am to 4 pm). Children (for persons younger than 16 who are ill). Soite’s paediatric emergency clinic 06 826 4444 (open around the clock 24/7). If you require urgent care, call Soite's Medical Helpline, phone 116 117.
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