At the beginning of the year 2020, an epidemic caused by the new coronavirus COVID-19 began in China. WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 12 March. Coronavirus primarily spreads by droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
To slow down the epidemic in Finland the Finnish Government has instructed people to stay home and avoid social contacts. It is very important that people over the age of 70 and risk groups remain at home.
What are symptoms of coronavirus?
Coronavirus can give symptoms like:
- shortness of breath
- muscle pain
Usually coronavirus presents itself with mild symptoms. It is important to stay home even if the symptoms are mild. Avoiding social contacts is also important for healthy people, as this slows down the spread of the disease.
What to do if a coronavirus infection is suspected?
If you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus, first contact your local health centre by telephone Mon-Thu 8am-4pm and Fri 8am-2.15pm.
If suspicion of infection arises outside office hours, contact the Medical Helpline 116117. Always make contact by telephone first.
Vaasa Hospital District tests people who have symptoms AND have either been in close contact with a person who has been infected with the coronavirus OR been abroad during the past 14 days.
For more information, visit the website of Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, THL.
Instructions concerning coronavirus in different languages:
- Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, THL (instructions concerning coronavirus)
- City of Vaasa (coronavirus instructions in different languages)
I have a time for an appointment, what should I do?
For the time being, hospital appointments may be made if the person is healthy, has no flu-like symptoms. You must not come if you have been abroad during the last 14 days or have been in close contact with a person who has been infected with the coronavirus. Any future policy changes will be announced on the hospital's website.
Testing at Vaasa Central Hospital
A referral for a corona test will be sent from your local health station. You will then receive an SMS to your phone about the time of the test within 24 hours of the referral being made. If a day has elapsed since the referral was made and you have not received a message about the time of the test, then you can call the Vaasa Central Hospital Corona Centre at 06 213 5312. The number should not be called if the issue does not concern waiting more than one day for a corona test.
Here is a map of how you find a way to coronavirustesting place at Vaasa Central Hospital. Testing area is in front of Emergency unit.
Current situation, on 23rd of January:
The situation in Vaasa Hospital District is calm. Vaasa Central Hospital continues normal activities, but we are well prepared for a full state of readiness if the situation changes.
The figures reported by the Vaasa Hospital District cannot be compared to the figures reported by Finnish Institute for Health and Care (THL). Vaasa Hospital District reports the positive findings from the laboratory results that are ready in the morning. THL reports figures that are recorded in the registry of infectious disease. The figures in the registry of infectious disease register are completed with a small delay.
Cases of coronavirus detected in Vaasa Hospital District: 1494 (yesterday 1483)
Total number of samples taken: 38792
Number of samples taken yesterday: 440
The two-week incidence rate per 100 000 people in the district: 64 (23.1.2021). Currently a part of the municipalities in the district is in an spreading phase of the coronavirus epidemic and the other part of municipalities is in an acceleration phase (check the news 20.1.2021, in Finnish).
(figures are updated daily at about 11am)
Municipalities rating by incidence rate - will not be announced no longer. Decision made by the Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Working Group on 19th January 2021.
A part of municipalities in Vaasa Hospital District is currently in an spreading phase of the coronavirus epidemic. You can check the current situation in...Read more