The coronavirus situation is still serious in the Soite area
Soite’s coronavirus task group informs on the 25th of November 2021
Soite’s coronavirus task group gathered on Thursday November 25th 2021 to evaluate the regional situational picture.
The current situation of infection
The coronavirus situation is still serious in the Soite area, even though a decrease can be seen in the number of infections and in the incidence rate. There is currently a high risk of getting a coronavirus infection in the Soite area.
The incidence of infections during 14 days is currently 226/100,000 residents in the entire Soite area and a total of 175 coronavirus infections were confirmed during the past 14 days. Currently, a large number of coronavirus tests are taken in the Soite area: around 2,000 coronavirus samples are taken per week, and last week 5.5% of the samples were positive. Last week, 53% of infections were confirmed in persons already in quarantine. Coronavirus infections are still mainly concentrated to those who have not been vaccinated or who have not received a complete series of vaccinations. Of the infections that have been confirmed, 80 percent have been traced. Three COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital.
We still emphasize the importance of taking vaccines. We strongly encourage
s those residents in the region who are not yet vaccinated to take the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible! We also emphasize s 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 as soon as 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.
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.
Please note! Do not come directly to the common emergency clinic (yhteispäivystys/samjouren) if you have cold-like symptoms or suspect that you have a coronavirus infection. Instead, please call the common emergency clinic first, phone 116 117. Our common emergency clinic has a separate entrance for infected patients and the risk for coronavirus exposure increases if there are deviations from the guidelines.
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 testing closed Saturday 27th of November 2021
Soite will be updating its patient information system Lifecare to a new version on Saturday 27th of November from 7 am to 11 pm. Due to the system update, coronavirus test stations as well as the coronavirus vaccination sites will be closed for the day on Saturday 27th of November 2021. Appointment booking through the electronic Omaolo service is also not possible on Saturday 27th of November 2021.
The coronavirus test stations will open again on Sunday 28th of November 2021.
The update may also cause slowness and queues in Soite’s other services on that day.
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.
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 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 Monday afternoons.