At the beginning of the year, 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.
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.
Current situation, on 29th of May:
The situation in Vaasa Hospital District is calm. Normal activities are now being increased at Vaasa Central Hospital, but we are well prepared for a full state of readiness if the situation changes.
Cases of coronavirus detected in Vaasa Hospital District: 62 (yesterday 61)
Total number of samples taken: 2311 (figures are updated once a day at about 11am)
Number of cured: 59 (figure is updated every Monday)