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25.11.2021

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 encour­ages those res­i­dents in the region who are not yet vac­ci­nat­ed to take the coro­n­avirus vac­cine as soon as pos­si­ble! We also 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 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.

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.

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?

  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 Mon­day afternoons.

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