The coronavirus situation remains very serious in the Soite area — the infection tracing is still under a heavy workload
Soite’s coronavirus task group gathered on Thursday November 11th 2021 to evaluate the regional situational picture.
The current situation of infection
The coronavirus situation is still very serious in the Soite area. The incidence of infections during 14 days is currently 310/100,000 residents in the entire Soite area. The coronavirus incidence rate in the Soite area has already been increasing for several weeks. A large number of coronavirus tests are taken daily (circa 300/day) and 6 percent of the tests are positive. Coronavirus infections are still mainly concentrated to those who have not been vaccinated or who have not received a complete series of vaccinations.
Nine COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital. Coronavirus infections have been confirmed on psychiatric ward 15, which affects the access to psychiatric care in the region. Soite has intensified its coronavirus screenings and part of the psychiatric ward has been isolated due to the infections.
Soite’s infection tracing is still under a heavy workload due to the serious coronavirus situation, and due to this, those who have been exposed and those who have been infected cannot be contacted as frequently as they usually would be. Soite will call persons who are in quarantine or isolation only at the start and at the end of the quarantine/isolation. Daily phone calls will be concentrated to those suffering from the most severe symptoms.
If you have been infected with coronavirus disease and your condition is worsening, you will have to contact Soite’s coronavirus helpline yourself on the number 06 828 7499 or contact Soite’s nurse for the treatment of infectious diseases. More detailed instructions can be found on Soite’s coronavirus website:
If you know that you have been exposed to coronavirus or receive a positive test result, please stay in voluntary quarantine until you are contacted. Those who have been exposed and those who have received a positive test result will be contacted as soon as possible.
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. There is currently a delay in the delivery of coronavirus test results, and receiving the result may take 2–3 days.
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.
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.
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 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. It is significantly safer to encounter the coronavirus if you are vaccinated, since the vaccine effectively prevents severe forms of coronavirus disease. The risks associated with the vaccine are significantly smaller than those associated with coronavirus infection. Link: Information about the coronavirus vaccination
Coronavirus vaccinations will now mainly be 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)
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.
You can follow how the vaccinations progress in the area with the help of Soite’s corona vaccination indicator, which is updated on Mondays.