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05.10.2020

Soite’s area is still on base lev­el: a strong rec­om­men­da­tion on face masks is in effect

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group dis­cussed the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion in the area at its meet­ing on Mon­day 5th of Octo­ber 2020 and dis­cussed mov­ing more per­son­nel resources to infec­tion prevention.

Lat­er on Fri­day, the group of region­al author­i­ties also had a meet­ing. The group con­sists of Soite, the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agen­cies, The Finnish insti­tute for health and wel­fare THL and the Cen­tre for Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment, Trans­port and the Envi­ron­ment. The group assessed the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture con­cern­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic in Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia and deemed Soite’s area to be still on the base lev­el when it comes to the epi­dem­ic, despite an increased num­ber of coro­n­avirus cases.

In Soite’s area, the cri­te­ria for the accel­er­a­tion stage are met only when it comes to inci­dence. The inci­dence is cur­rent­ly 17.9/100 000 cit­i­zens. The share of pos­i­tive test results of all coro­n­avirus tests is, how­ev­er, still under 1 % and almost 100% of the chains of infec­tions have been traced.

The group of region­al author­i­ties sup­port­ed the rec­om­men­da­tion on wider use of face masks in the area that Soite issued ear­li­er. Soite strong­ly rec­om­mends wide­spread use of face masks in pub­lic spaces, stores and in oth­er places when run­ning errands out­side the home. The rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks also applies to upper sec­ondary insti­tutes (voca­tion­al train­ing and upper sec­ondary school) and to uni­ver­si­ties of applied sci­ences and uni­ver­si­ties. Link: Instruc­tions on the cor­rect use of face masks.

In this sit­u­a­tion, it is impor­tant to use Soite’s per­son­nel resources in infec­tion pre­ven­tion. This will lead to changes in Soite’s units.

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