The coro­n­avirus inci­dence rate is decreas­ing with­in Soite’s area

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group informs on the 2nd of Decem­ber 2021

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered on Thurs­day Decem­ber 2nd 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al picture.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infection

The epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion with­in the Soite area con­tin­ues as dur­ing last week. The coro­n­avirus inci­dence is decreas­ing, but the week­ly num­bers of infec­tions are still high.

The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 130/100,000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area, and a total of 101 coro­n­avirus infec­tions were con­firmed dur­ing the past 14 days. Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are still main­ly con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have not received a com­plete series of vac­ci­na­tions. Three COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hospital.

The list of pos­si­ble expo­sures has been updat­ed! Coro­n­avirus expo­sures may have occurred in the fol­low­ing places:

  • November 28th 2021 5 pm to 6 pm, Prisma Kokkola

The list of pos­si­ble expo­sures in Soite’s area:

Espe­cial­ly those who are still unvac­ci­nat­ed should seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing imme­di­ate­ly even if they only have very mild symp­toms indica­tive of coro­n­avirus. The coro­n­avirus test result should be await­ed at home and in quar­an­tine so as not to poten­tial­ly expose oth­ers to the coro­n­avirus, for exam­ple in the workplace.

Please note! Do not come direct­ly to the com­mon emer­gency clin­ic (yhteispäivystys/samjour) if you have cold-like symp­toms or sus­pect that you have a coro­n­avirus infec­tion, instead call the com­mon emer­gency clin­ic first, phone 116 117. The com­mon emer­gency clin­ic has a sep­a­rate entrance for patients with infec­tions and the risk of coro­n­avirus expo­sure increas­es if the guide­lines are not followed.

Med­ical exam­i­na­tions and coro­n­avirus tests in the Soite area for per­sons trav­el­ing from main­land Africa

In accor­dance with the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency for West­ern and Inland Finland’s deci­sion (in Finnish), per­sons arriv­ing in Fin­land from cer­tain south­ern African coun­tries have been ordered to par­tic­i­pate in a manda­to­ry health check, as part of which a coro­n­avirus sam­ple can be tak­en. The order to par­tic­i­pate in a manda­to­ry health check will apply to per­sons who have stayed in one of the fol­low­ing coun­tries dur­ing the last 14 days:

  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Mozambique
  • Malawi.

The Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare updates the list of coun­tries when new infor­ma­tion becomes avail­able. The instruc­tion to par­tic­i­pate in a health check does not apply to chil­dren younger than 6.

Trav­el­ers from the coun­tries men­tioned above must con­tact Soite’s coro­n­avirus helpline, phone 06 828 7499 to seek out a med­ical exam­i­na­tion and coro­n­avirus test as soon as they return to Finland.

Fur­ther­more, we rec­om­mend that every­one trav­el­ling out­side Fin­land makes use of the FINENTRY ser­vice when they return to Finland.

How to pre­vent an infection

We still empha­size the impor­tance of tak­ing the vac­cine. Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group strong­ly encour­ages those res­i­dents in the region who are not yet vac­ci­nat­ed to take the coro­n­avirus vac­cine as soon as pos­si­ble! The task group empha­sizes the impor­tance of a com­plete coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion series.

  • We would like to remind the public that a third vaccination dose is recommended for everyone over the age of 60 and persons who belong to a risk group when 6 months (2 months for persons with an immunodeficiency) have passed since their second vaccine dose.
  • Regarding the second vaccination dose, we encourage all age groups who have a right to a vaccination to seek out a booster vaccination soonest possible if six weeks have passed since the first vaccine dose.

We strong­ly rec­om­mend that you get ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed against the coro­n­avirus, as the coro­n­avirus is not going away and it will be dif­fi­cult to avoid the dis­ease in the future. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed. The effec­tive­ness of the vac­ci­na­tions is clear when look­ing at the cur­rent epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion, as the infec­tions are con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or have only recent­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed. The risks asso­ci­at­ed with the vac­cine are sig­nif­i­cant­ly small­er than those asso­ci­at­ed with coro­n­avirus infection.

To pre­vent infec­tions it is still impor­tant to:

  • Seek out coronavirus testing immediately and even if you have only mild symptoms of a respiratory infection, especially if you are not vaccinated. Appointment booking:
  • Maintain good hand hygiene: Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Avoid social gatherings.
  • Use protective face masks. Link: regional face mask recommendation
  • The most important and effective way to prevent coronavirus infections, and especially serious forms of the disease, is to take a coronavirus vaccine.

Next week’s infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus situation

Due to Finland’s Inde­pen­dence Day, there will be no infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion dur­ing regard­ing week 48 on Mon­day next week, if the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues as cur­rent­ly. The key fig­ures in the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture will be updat­ed next time on Wednes­day 8th of Decem­ber in con­junc­tion with the mes­sage from the COVID-19 author­i­ty task group’s meeting.


Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are pro­gress­ing with­in Soite’s area. Vac­ci­na­tions are now pro­gress­ing with regards to all per­sons over the age of 12 who live in Soite’s area.

The aim is to fur­ther increase vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age in the Soite area by bring­ing vac­ci­na­tions clos­er to the pub­lic and mak­ing them more eas­i­ly avail­able. Next week, Soite will be vac­ci­nat­ing at shop­ping cen­tres in the Kokko­la area: Fri­day Decem­ber 10th between 4 pm and 8 pm Min­i­mani (vac­cines: Pfiz­er and Mod­er­na) and Sat­ur­day Decem­ber 11th 10 am to 4 pm K‑Citymarket (vac­cine: Pfizer).

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are main­ly done dur­ing appoint­ment-free walk-in vac­ci­na­tion days instead of dur­ing appoint­ments. On vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing, you can come to get your coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion when it suits you best. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion and the timetable for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site:

An appoint­ment for a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion may still be booked online on or by phone on the num­ber 06 828 7488. Phone hours Mon­day to Thurs­day from 9 am to 3 pm and Fri­day 9 am to 2 pm. You can also book an appoint­ment via your health cen­tral (page is in Finnish)

If you wish to, you can take the influen­za vac­cine dur­ing the same appoint­ment that you receive the coro­n­avirus vac­cine. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about the influen­za vac­cine can be found on Soite’s web site (in Finnish).

You can fol­low how the vac­ci­na­tions pro­gress­es in the area with the help of Soite’s coro­na vac­ci­na­tion indi­ca­tor, which is updat­ed on Mon­day afternoons.

Why should I take the coro­n­avirus vaccine?

  1. Coronavirus vaccines give effective protection against serious forms of COVID-19.
  2. The vaccines also protect against the long-term effects of COVID-19, the so-called long COVID, which may cause prolonged tiredness, shortness of breath, cough and joint and chest pain.
  3. By taking the vaccine, you can protect not only yourself but also others. The coronavirus vaccination significantly reduces the secretion of the virus and its spreading from one person to another.
  4. The risks associated with the vaccine are significantly smaller than those associated with coronavirus infection. Link: Information about the coronavirus vaccination
  5. With vaccinations, we can return to a more normal life and the need for restrictions is reduced. Everyone who decides to take the vaccine makes a difference

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