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20.10.2021

Soite’s area remains in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase – the author­i­ty task group stress­es the impor­tance of fol­low­ing the coro­n­avirus recommendations

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group met on Wednes­day 20th of Octo­ber 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area and the area remains in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. The author­i­ty task group stress­es the impor­tance of fol­low­ing the coro­n­avirus rec­om­men­da­tions and instructions.

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area. The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 185/100.000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area. The num­ber of coro­n­avirus tests tak­en has increased and last week a total of cir­ca 1,500 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en, of which 4.9 per­cent were pos­i­tive. Of the con­firmed chains of infec­tion, 85% have cur­rent­ly been traced. Sev­en COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hospital.

Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are main­ly con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or have only recent­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed. Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are cur­rent­ly preva­lent par­tic­u­lar­ly among per­sons younger than 10 years (32%) and in the age group 10 to 19 years old (29%). The major­i­ty of infec­tions were infec­tions that occurred with­in the fam­i­ly. Oth­er sources of infec­tions have also been gath­er­ings with acquain­tances and friends, as well as work­places, schools and day care. The list of pos­si­ble expo­sures has been updat­ed. The list of all pos­si­ble expo­sures in Soite’s area can be found on: https://korona.soite.fi/en/possible-exposures-to-covid-19/

As per the author­i­ty task group’s deci­sion, the Soite area remains in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. The region­al rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing social gath­er­ings remain unchanged. The exten­sive facial mask rec­om­men­da­tion as well as the rec­om­men­da­tion regard­ing remote work in the form of a hybrid mod­el is still in effect with­in Soite’s area. All cur­rent reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­na web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/

The author­i­ty task group wish­es to remind every­one that, although there are cur­rent­ly no actu­al restric­tions on social gath­er­ings, coro­n­avirus safe­ty should still be tak­en into account dur­ing pri­vate events and meet­ings. The author­i­ty task group rec­om­mends that meet­ings be orga­nized only after care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion and with orga­niz­ers observ­ing the hygiene guide­lines relat­ed to the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. It is still rec­om­mend­ed that you should main­tain suf­fi­cient safe­ty dis­tances. Pri­vate events should be kept as small as pos­si­ble and, if pos­si­ble, the par­tic­i­pants should be sched­uled into small­er groups. For exam­ple, a guest book can be used to record the arrival and depar­ture times of guests so that in the event of a pos­si­ble expo­sure, those exposed can be traced. Orga­niz­ers of events are respon­si­ble for the coro­n­avirus safe­ty dur­ing events.

Event orga­niz­ers must ensure hygiene prac­tices in accor­dance with § 58 c in the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act dur­ing an event in order to pre­vent the spread of the coro­n­avirus. Dur­ing gath­er­ings, it must be ensured that:

  • it is possible for participants to wash their hands
  • crowds are avoided at for example points of sale and in areas where food or drink are served
  • there are spacious entry and exit arrangements and an adequate number of toilet facilities
  • contact surfaces are cleaned
  • the use of protective masks is recommended both indoors and outdoors if it is impossible to maintain safety distances
  • the size of the space is considered in relation to the participants, and that maintaining safety distances is possible
  • all guests have their own seating indoors and outdoors the possibility to maintain safety distances
  • participants are informed about coronavirus safety: only healthy persons participate in the event

Instruc­tions for event orga­niz­ers are found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/instructions-to-event-organizers/. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion can also be found on the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency’s web­site.

The author­i­ty task group would like to remind every­one that you should not leave your home if you have even only mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion. It is rec­om­mend­ed that those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have received only one dose of the vac­cine seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing with­out delay and even if they have only very mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infection.

We still rec­om­mend that you avoid gath­er­ings, fol­low hygiene guide­lines for pre­vent­ing infec­tions, and use a face mask in accor­dance with region­al rec­om­men­da­tions.

We strong­ly rec­om­mend that you get ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed against the coro­n­avirus, as the coro­n­avirus does not seem to be going away and it will be dif­fi­cult to avoid the dis­ease in the future. The vac­cine pro­tects not only you but also the soci­ety as a whole. 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. The risks asso­ci­at­ed with the vac­cine are sig­nif­i­cant­ly small­erthan those asso­ci­at­ed with a coro­n­avirus infec­tion. Link: Infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus vaccination

Vac­ci­na­tions will be done in Soite main­ly dur­ing walk-in vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing, which means you can come to a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion when it suits you best. The timetable for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty work group will hold its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 27th of Octo­ber 2021 to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. If there are changes in the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion, the author­i­ty task group will con­vene if nec­es­sary. The author­i­ty group con­sists of experts from the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare (THL), the Region­al State Admin­is­tra­tive Agency (AVI), Cen­tre for Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment, Trans­port and the Envi­ron­ment (ELY) and Soite.

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