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:
  • 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:

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)

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.

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


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