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: https://korona.soite.fi/en/possible-exposures-to-covid-19/
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
- Eswatini (Swaziland)
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: https://korona.soite.fi/en/coronavirus-clinic/
- 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: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/
An appointment for a coronavirus vaccination may still be booked online on https://soite.terveytesi.fi/ 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?
- Coronavirus vaccines give effective protection against serious forms of COVID-19.
- 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.
- 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.
- The risks associated with the vaccine are significantly smaller than those associated with coronavirus infection. Link: Information about the coronavirus vaccination
- 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