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13.01.2021

Soite’s area re-clas­si­fied as base lev­el – rec­om­men­da­tions remain large­ly unchanged until 14th of Feb­ru­ary 2021

Cen­tral Ostrobothnia’s region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group gath­ered on Tues­day 13th of Jan­u­ary 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture as well as the region­al direc­tives and rec­om­men­da­tions. Soite’s area will be re-clas­si­fied as base lev­el, but rec­om­men­da­tions remain large­ly unchanged until 14th of Feb­ru­ary 2021. The rec­om­men­da­tions will be eased for swim cen­tres and libraries. No mask rec­om­men­da­tion will be giv­en for pri­ma­ry schools due to the area being on base level.

The coro­n­avirus inci­dence cor­re­sponds to the def­i­n­i­tion of the base lev­el in Soite’s area: The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing the last 14 days/100 000 cit­i­zens is 7.7 and of the coro­n­avirus tests 0.2% of the coro­n­avirus tests are pos­i­tive. The sit­u­a­tion in the area has remained calm for a few weeks already.  Cen­tral Ostrobothnia’s COVID-19 author­i­ty task group decid­ed that Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus pandemic.

Since the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion on a nation­al lev­el still is seri­ous, no rec­om­men­da­tions can be sig­nif­i­cant­ly eased. The fol­low­ing changes will be made to the region­al coro­na rec­om­men­da­tions in Cen­tral Ostrobothnia:

  • Swim centres can re-open with special arrangements starting from 18.1.2021. In the swim centres, adequate safety distances and hygiene have to be maintained. To enable proper safety distancing, only about every fourth changing cubicle should be kept open for use, and the total number of people attending the sauna/showers at any given time should be limited.
  • The reading rooms at libraries can be open provided hygiene recommendations are observed.
  • The regional facial mask recommendations concern students on the secondary-school level and above. According to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the facial mask recommendation does not concern primary schools in a base level area.

The restric­tions regard­ing social gath­er­ings and oth­er rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion remain unchanged and in force until 14th of Feb­ru­ary 2021. With­in Soite’s area, it is rec­om­mend­ed that no pri­vate gath­er­ings with more than 10 par­tic­i­pants should be arranged. Cur­rent direc­tives and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the accel­er­a­tion phase with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­na web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/

The Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency will dur­ing the rest of the week give an updat­ed direc­tive regard­ing the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants dur­ing pub­lic occa­sions and meetings.

No new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area. The lat­est pos­i­tive coro­n­avirus infec­tion in the area was con­firmed on 10th of Jan­u­ary 2021. No patients with COVID-19 are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal. The region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture can be found at Soite’s coro­na web­site. Link: Sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture.

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