Three new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area, expo­sures in Hol­li­haan koulu and Kokkolan ammattiopisto

Three new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area and these have led to two mass expo­sures. The cas­es are part of the same exten­sive chain of infec­tions we have informed about dur­ing the last few days and which start­ed at a first of May brunch. The chain of infec­tions has led to sev­er­al fur­ther infec­tions and Soite’s per­son­nel is doing its best to inves­ti­gate the fur­ther chains of infec­tion and to con­tact trace those who have been exposed to the coronavirus.

The pupils in one of the class­es in grade 5 in Hol­li­haan koulu in Kokko­la may have been exposed to a coro­n­avirus infec­tion and the pupils in the class have been placed in quar­an­tine. To ensure con­tin­ued edu­ca­tion, the pupils in the class in ques­tion in Hol­li­haan koulu will tran­si­tion to dis­tance edu­ca­tion on Mon­day 10th of May 2021. The city of Kokko­la will give pupils and par­ents more detailed infor­ma­tion via the soft­ware Wilma about the expo­sure and about how the edu­ca­tion is orga­nized. The quar­an­tine con­tin­ues until 20th of May 2021.

Anoth­er mass expo­sure has tak­en place at Kokkolan ammat­tiopis­to and the close con­tacts of the infect­ed stu­dent have been placed in quar­an­tine. The infec­tion most like­ly orig­i­nates from the Job­steri event on 5th of May 2021. The stu­dents are asked to fol­low the infor­ma­tion from Kokkolan ammat­tiopis­to via Wilma.

In all, about 250 per­sons have been placed in quar­an­tine in Soite’s area dur­ing the last few days.

In the last 14 days, 15 coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area and the inci­dence of infec­tion is now 19.4/100 000 cit­i­zens dur­ing 14 days. 0.8% of the coro­n­avirus tests are cur­rent­ly positive.

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion has wors­ened sig­nif­i­cant­ly in Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia dur­ing this week. It is now of utmost impor­tance to reduce the num­ber of close con­tacts as much as pos­si­ble and to use face masks care­ful­ly, to main­tain safe­ty dis­tances of 2 metres and to prac­tice good hand hygiene. Unnec­es­sary gath­er­ings should be avoid­ed! The coro­n­avirus hygiene instruc­tions and the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions must be followed.

Now new places of pos­si­ble expo­sures to the coro­n­avirus have been added to the list. The places where expo­sures may have hap­pened are thus:

  • Sunday 2nd of May between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Word of Faith Church Finland church service, Kokkola
  • Tuesday 4th of May between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 a.m. the gym Kuntokeskus Liikku, Kokkola
  • Tuesday 4th of May between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. swimming centre Vesiveijari, Kokkola
  • Tuesday 4th of May between 4.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Kuntokeskus Liikku
  • Wednesday 5th of May between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Keski-Pohjanmaan ammattiopisto (the unit at Närvilänkatu 8), the Jobsteri event, Kokkola
  • Wednesday 5th of May between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kokkolan keilahalli (Kokkola bowling alley)
  • Wednesday 5th of May between 7 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. swimming centre Vesiveijari, Kokkola

We ask those who vis­it­ed these places to observe them­selves for any symp­toms and quick­ly book an appoint­ment for coro­n­avirus test­ing even if they have only mild symptoms.

Seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing ear­ly and even if you have only very mild symptoms:

  • Online by filling out the coronavirus symptom checker at the address:
  • By calling Soite’s coronavirus helpline: 06 828 7499 (open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Children (persons younger than 16 who are ill): Soite’s paediatric emergency clinic 06 826 4444 (open around the clock 24/7) If you require urgent care, call Soite's Medical Helpline, phone 116 117.

Stop the coro­n­avirus from spreading:

  • If you have symptoms, please stay at home and seek out coronavirus testing at an early stage and even if you only have mild symptoms
  • Use a face mask
  • Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer often
  • Cough into your sleeve or into a handkerchief
  • Keep a distance of 2 metres to other people
  • Install and use the Koronavilkku coronavirus app
  • Get vaccinated when it’s your turn.

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