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09.12.2021

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is calm­ing down in Soite’s area

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered on Thurs­day Decem­ber 9th 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al picture.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infection

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion in Soite’s area has calmed sig­nif­i­cant­ly, but remains seri­ous in the neigh­bour­ing coun­ties. There is still a risk that the sit­u­a­tion can dete­ri­o­rate even in Soite’s area.  Soite’s area is still being clas­si­fied as an area with coro­n­avirus com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion. All region­al reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/  

The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 59/100,000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area and a total of 46 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.

Espe­cial­ly those who are 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.

Cor­rect­ly per­formed anti­gen home tests are a good sup­ple­ment when test­ing for coro­n­avirus.  Home tests are suit­able for those peo­ple who have symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion, such as a fever, a cold or a cough. A pos­i­tive result from a home test should still always be con­firmed with a coro­n­avirus test per­formed by health care pro­fes­sion­als. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about coro­n­avirus home tests can be found on the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Welfare’s website

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. Read more in the mes­sage.

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 a full vac­ci­na­tion series. The coro­n­avirus is not going away and it will be very dif­fi­cult to avoid the dis­ease in the future. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed. 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! We also empha­size the impor­tance of a com­plete coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion series. A third vac­cine dose is giv­en to every­one over the age of 18 if 5 to 6 months have passed since they received the sec­ond dose.

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.

Vac­ci­na­tions

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. Res­i­dents are now espe­cial­ly active in get­ting the third dose.

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. Soite will be offer­ing vac­ci­na­tions at Chy­de­nia shop­ping cen­tre in Kokko­la on Fri­day 17th of Decem­ber from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are now 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 cen­tre (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 web­site (in Finnish).

You can fol­low how the vac­ci­na­tions progress 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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