27.08.2020

Soite starts dis­trib­ut­ing pro­tec­tive masks to low-income house­holds

Central Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Services Soite starts distributing facial masks to low-income households starting on Monday 31st of August. We distribute primarily fabric masks, four per person. Included with the masks will be instructions for correct use and washing of the mask. The majority of the masks are reusable fabric masks that have been used by employees at Soite’s departments. After use, the fabric masks have been washed industrially after use and then stored correctly in storage.   

The national recommendation is that citizens buy their own facial masks. Free masks are intended for low-income citizens who cannot afford masks. The distribution of masks is confidence-based, no-one has to prove that they belong to a low-income household or that they need free masks when visiting the distribution point. Facial masks will be handed out only for personal needs and use.

Soite’s dis­tri­b­u­tion points

The distribution of masks to low-income households will begin at the following Soite departments:

Kokkola:

  • The office for adult social work, iPark, Vaasantie 6, 67100 Kokkola
    Tuesday September 1st and Thursday September 3rd and Tuesday 8th of September and Thursday 10th of September between 14:00 and 16:00
  • Koivuhaka service center, Mäntynäädänkatu 6, 67800 Kokkola
    Monday August 31st and Monday September 7th between 13:00 and 15:00

Kruunupyy: 
The Municipal house (Kommunhuset/Kuntatalo), Säbråvägen 2, 68500 Kronoby
Thursday 3rd of September and Thursday 10th of September between 13:00 and 15:00

Kannus:            
The Kela house (office of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland), Torikuja 3, 69100 Kannus
Tuesday September 1st and Thursday September 3rd and Tuesday September 8th and Thursday September 10th between 12:00 and 14:00.

Toholampi:
The help desk at the municipal house (Kuntatalo), Lampintie 5, 69300 Toholampi
Wednesday September 2nd  and Wednesday September 9th between 12:00 and 14:00

Lestijärvi: 
The health centre, Niemeläntie 3A, 69440 Lestijärvi
Monday August 31st and Monday September 7th between 12:00 and 14:00

Kaustinen:      
Family and social care center Pajala (Perhe- ja sosiaalikeskus Pajala), Pajalantie 1, 69600 Kaustinen
Thursday September 3rd and Thursday September 10th between 12:00 and 15:00

Perho:              
The Municipal house (Kuntatalo), Keskustie 2, 69950 Perho
Tuesday September 1st and Tuesday 8th of September between 9:00 and 11:00

Halsua:             
The Municipal house (Kuntatalo), aikuissosiaalityön huone, Kauppisentie 5, 69510 Halsua
Wednesday September 2nd  between 13:00 and 15:00

Veteli:              
The Municipal house (Kuntatalo) lobby, Kivihyypäntie 1, 68700 Veteli
Friday September 4th and Friday September 11th between 9:00 and 11:00

Kälviä:              
The health centre, Kälviäntie 24, 68300 Kälviä
Thursday September 3rd and Thursday September 10th between 14:00 and 16:00

Lohtaja:            
The health centre, Lohtajantie 3, 68230 Lohtaja
Monday August 31st and Monday September 7th between 14:00 and 16:00

Ullava:              
The health centre, Ullavantie 701, 68370 Ullava
Wednesday September 2nd  and Wednesday September 9th, between 13:00 and 15:00

Teerijärvi:       
The health centre, Hörbyntie 8, 68700 Teerijärvi
Monday August 31st and Monday September 7th between 12:00 and 15:00

Alaveteli:        
The health centre, Misterhultintie 4, 68410 Alaveteli
Wednesday September 2nd  and Wednesday September 9th between 13:00 and 15:00

Do not come to the distribution points if you are unwell. Please keep a safe distance to other visitors.

If you have a question concerning the distribution of masks, please call the secretary for social work for adults, phone 040 806 5095, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

When should I use a mask?

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends using protective masks to protect other people within those hospital districts where cases of coronavirus infections have occurred during the last two weeks.

The use of facial masks is recommended for people over the age of 15:

  • in public transport
  • when going to coronavirus tests
  • when returning to Finland from a risk country.
  • facial masks can also be used in other situations, if it is impossible to maintain safe social distances.

A facial mask is one method for preventing the spread of coronavirus infections. It is still particularly important to maintain a safety distance of 1–2 meters anytime this is possible, wash your hands, cough into your elbow or into a disposable napkin and avoid touching your face.

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s instructions for facial masks:

How to use facial masks correctly, video (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)

Recommendation for the use of facial masks for citizens (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)

Soite’s instructions for use of facial masks

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