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29.12.2021

Soite still an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion – firmer restric­tions regard­ing pub­lic gath­er­ings in the area

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 group of author­i­ties had a meet­ing on Wednes­day 29th of Decem­ber 2021 in order to assess the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture and the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions. The num­ber of coro­n­avirus infec­tions is high in the area and the Soite area is still clas­si­fied as an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion of the coro­n­avirus. Stricter region­al restric­tions have been issued.

The Soite area is still clas­si­fied as an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. The region­al inci­dence is cur­rent­ly 291/100 000 cit­i­zens in 14 days. Dur­ing the past 14 days, a total of 225 coro­n­avirus infec­tions have been con­firmed in the area. Last week, about 1,600 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en and 7.4% of these were pos­i­tive. Last week, about one third of infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons who were not in quar­an­tine. How­ev­er, 87% of the infec­tions could be traced. Four COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hos­pi­tal. One of them is in inten­sive care.

Last week, the major­i­ty of infec­tions were detect­ed in chil­dren under 10 years of age (25%) and in per­sons aged 10–19 (19%). Only 12% of cas­es were diag­nosed in peo­ple over 60 years of age. In the Soite area, 50% of those over 60 years of age and 80% of those over 80 years of age have tak­en a third coro­n­avirus vac­cine dose, which helps to explain the low rates of infec­tion in those over 60 years of age. The major­i­ty of infec­tions occurred with­in the family.

On Decem­ber 28th 2021, the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency of West­ern and Inner Fin­land issued a deci­sion regard­ing restric­tions on gath­er­ings in the Soite area. Pur­suant to sec­tion 58 (1) of the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act, the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency pro­hibits all indoor pub­lic events and pub­lic gath­er­ings attend­ed by more than 20 peo­ple in the munic­i­pal­i­ties of the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict (exclud­ing Reisjärvi). The deci­sion is in effect from Decem­ber 31st 2021 to Jan­u­ary 30th 2022. Link to the Agency’s mes­sage (in Finnish).

In addi­tion, the gov­ern­ment has approved a reg­u­la­tion regard­ing a tem­po­rary restric­tion of the use of the coro­n­avirus pass­port referred to in sec­tion 58 i of the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act. The reg­u­la­tion tem­porar­i­ly lim­its the use of the coro­n­avirus pass­port so that from Decem­ber 31st 2021 to Jan­u­ary 30th 2022 the coro­n­avirus pass­port can­not be used as an alter­na­tive to region­al restric­tions at pub­lic events and cus­tomer premis­es. Link to the Min­istry of Social Affairs and Health’s message.

The COVID-19 group of author­i­ties rec­om­mends that the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants at pri­vate gath­er­ings should also be lim­it­ed to max 20. Fur­ther­more, an exten­sive rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of a face mask as well as a rec­om­men­da­tion on remote work in the form of a hybrid mod­el is still in effect.

All the region­al reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic are list­ed on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/

The group of author­i­ties reminds every­one that one should not move out­side the home if one has even just mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion. Par­tic­u­lar­ly those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have received only one dose of the vac­cine should seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing with­out delay and even if they have only very mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infection.

We strong­ly rec­om­mend a com­plete series of vac­ci­na­tions, as the coro­n­avirus is not going away and it is very dif­fi­cult to avoid the ill­ness in the future. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed, as the vac­cines give effi­cient pro­tec­tion against the seri­ous form of the illness.

The vac­ci­na­tions with a third dose have come off to a live­ly start in Soite’s area. Soite has decid­ed that any­one under the age of 60 (18 to 59 years) can receive a third dose of the vac­cine if at least 4 months have passed since the sec­ond vac­ci­na­tion. The third vac­cine dose will be giv­en to the above group with a short­ened vac­ci­na­tion inter­val start­ing Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 3rd, 2022.

In Soite’s area, vac­ci­na­tions are now main­ly giv­en on walk-in vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing, which means you can come to a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion when it suits you best. The sched­ule for vac­ci­na­tions can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 group of author­i­ties has its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 29th of Decem­ber 2021 in order to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. If the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion changes, the group of author­i­ties gath­ers for a meet­ing if need­ed. The group of author­i­ties con­sists of experts from the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL, the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency, the Cen­tre for Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment, Trans­port and the Envi­ron­ment and Soite.

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