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24.09.2020

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group informs on the 24th of Sep­tem­ber 2020

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group has a meet­ing on Mon­days, Thurs­days and when need­ed and it updates the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture. The pre­pared­ness is in accor­dance with plan.

No new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed today in Soite’s area. The lat­est case was con­firmed on Tues­day 22nd of Sep­tem­ber 2020 and we informed about it on Wednes­day 23rd of Sep­tem­ber 2020. Over­all, 45 coro­n­avirus infec­tions have been con­firmed in Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia health care district.

THL has updat­ed its rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks today. The rec­om­men­da­tion is based on three phas­es when it comes to the spread­ing of the coro­n­avirus: the base lev­el, the accel­er­a­tion stage and the spread­ing stage (read more in THL’s arti­cle). Soite is on the base lev­el, which means the rec­om­men­da­tion on the use of face masks still applies as before. The sit­u­a­tion is mon­i­tored con­tin­u­ous­ly. There is a risk that the num­ber of cas­es will rise as the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion accel­er­ates in the country.

Soite will con­tin­ue to dis­trib­ute face masks to low-income per­sons dur­ing weeks 40–41. The nation­al rec­om­men­da­tion is that cit­i­zens by their own face masks. Free masks are intend­ed for low-income per­sons who can­not afford masks. More infor­ma­tion in the arti­cle.

We want to stress that it is impor­tant that those who live in the area main­tain safe dis­tances (at least 1 metre) and good hand and cough­ing hygiene) (read more instruc­tions). Fur­ther­more, we wish to appeal espe­cial­ly to the sports clubs and hob­bies in the area that they give instruc­tions to the par­tic­i­pants on safe dis­tances and good hand and cough­ing hygiene when peo­ple gath­er in their spare time.

We also wish to remind every­one who is in vol­un­tary quar­an­tine or have been put in quar­an­tine by a doc­tor of the instruc­tions regard­ing quarantine: 

“A per­son who is in quar­an­tine must avoid close con­tact with peo­ple out­side the fam­i­ly. It is okay to go out if one avoids going close to oth­er peo­ple. Going e.g. to work, school, kinder­garten, hob­bies and to the store is not allowed, as it is dif­fi­cult to avoid close con­tact in these places. (Source: THL)

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