The Soite area trans­fers to the coro­n­avirus com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase – upper sec­ondary edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions move to dis­tance education

Cen­tral Ostrobothnia’s region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group gath­ered on Sun­day 16th May 2021 for an extra meet­ing to assess the region­al sit­u­a­tion. Since the sit­u­a­tion meets the key fig­ures for the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic, the Soite region will be reclas­si­fied as being in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. The author­i­ty group rec­om­mends that all upper sec­ondary edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions in the Soite area switch to dis­tance edu­ca­tion next week.

Dur­ing the last 14 days, a total of 101 coro­n­avirus infec­tions have been con­firmed and the inci­dence rate is cur­rent­ly 130 / 100,000 inhab­i­tants in the Soite area (sit­u­a­tion 15th of May 2021). Of the coro­n­avirus sam­ples, about 2.7 per­cent are pos­i­tive. One patient with coro­n­avirus infec­tion is cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Cen­tral Hospital.

The dis­ease sit­u­a­tion in the area has dete­ri­o­rat­ed rapid­ly and efforts are being made to quick­ly bring the sit­u­a­tion, which has become seri­ous, under con­trol. The key fig­ures for the trans­mis­sion phase are met in the Soite area and there­fore the author­i­ty group issued guide­lines that the Soite area enters the spread phase of the coro­n­avirus epidemic.

Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are cur­rent­ly main­ly con­cen­trat­ed in young peo­ple aged 12–25, and there­fore the author­i­ty task group rec­om­mends that all upper sec­ondary schools in the Soite area switch to dis­tance edu­ca­tion next week (17–21.5.2021). The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion has dete­ri­o­rat­ed rapid­ly, espe­cial­ly in Kan­nus, so stu­dents in grades 4–9 in Kan­nus’ pri­ma­ry schools switch to dis­tance edu­ca­tion for next week (17–21.5.2021). Oth­er munic­i­pal­i­ties may also decide to switch to dis­tance edu­ca­tion, so we rec­om­mend that you fol­low infor­ma­tion from the munic­i­pal­i­ty dai­ly via Wilma.

In the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase, the mask rec­om­men­da­tion applies to all stu­dents over the age of 12, includ­ing pupils in pri­ma­ry schools. In the Soite area, an extend­ed mask rec­om­men­da­tion has long been in effect and we empha­size its con­tin­ued impor­tance. Face masks are rec­om­mend­ed for every­one old­er than 12 years, includ­ing those who have been vaccinated:

  • In public spaces such as shops and other premises outside the home
  • When using public transport (including school buses) and during transports of people who belong to a risk group
  • At higher educational institutions in the area (vocational schools and gymnasiums) and at colleges and universities
  • At junior high schools in the area
  • For people older than 12 in the regional primary schools (students in grades 5 and 6)
  • People who come to coronavirus testing
  • People returning to Finland from risk countries
  • Face masks can still be used in other situations as well if it is impossible to maintain safety distances.

The seri­ous coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is also reflect­ed in the Soite area’s neigh­bor­ing munic­i­pal­i­ties and fur­ther infec­tions have been detect­ed, e.g. In North­ern Ostrobothnia.

The region­al COVID-19 task group will meet next Tues­day, 18th May 2021 to con­duct a more com­pre­hen­sive review of the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions for the trans­mis­sion phase.

All region­al reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions for the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion are list­ed on Soite’s coro­na web­site:

We ask every­one to make sure they fol­low the coro­n­avirus rec­om­men­da­tions. It is extreme­ly impor­tant to min­i­mize the num­ber of close con­tacts and be care­ful to use a face mask, main­tain a safe­ty dis­tance of 2 meters and be care­ful with hand hygiene. Unnec­es­sary social gath­er­ings should be avoid­ed! Fol­low the hygiene instruc­tions and the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions to avoid coro­n­avirus infectons.

We urge every­one who has even just mild symp­toms that fit the coro­n­avirus to seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing. Do not go out­ide your home even if you have only mild coro­n­avirus symptoms! 


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