Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Attention! Information on the coronavirus epidemic will be updated on the website of the Wellbeing Services County of Ostrobothnia as of 1 January 2022.

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:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle pain
  • fatigue.

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?

A coronavirus test should always be taken if there is reason to suspect a coronavirus infection based on symptoms. Typical symptoms include a sudden onset of fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle aches, and loss of sense of smell and/or taste, in some cases including abdominal symptoms such as diarrhoea.

Take a corona test even if symptoms are only mild!

Do this:

  1. Assess the coronavirus symptoms online at if you have symptoms and feelings suggestive of the coronavirus. Follow the instructions provided by the service provider.
  2. Make an appointment for a corona test by contacting your local health station.
  3. If your local health station is closed, for example on a weekend, call the non-emergency call number 116117.
  4. In the event of an emergency, call 112.
  5. See the website for general information about the coronavirus. You can also call the general helpline on 0295 535 535. The national helpline provides general information on the coronavirus on weekdays from 08:00 to 21:00 and on Saturdays from 09:00 to 15:00. The helpline does not provide health counselling or guidance in emergency situations.

For more information, visit the website of Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, THL.

Instructions concerning coronavirus 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 the Vaasa Barracks Area (Kasarmialue) 

Testing happens in the Barracks Area (between Korsholmanpuistikko and Artellikuja) every day from 8:00 to 21:00. 

People can come for a test without a referral or an appointment. Questions about testing may be addressed to your own health centre.

Here is a map of how you find a way to coronavirustesting place at Vaasa Barracks Area:

Current situation, on 31st of December:

Vaasa Central Hospital is now at a state of enhanced readiness.

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: 5837 (yesterday: 5610)

Total number of samples taken: 145 333

Number of samples taken yesterday: 824
The two-week incidence rate per 100 000 people in the district: 591

Vaasa Hospital District is again in a spreading phase of the coronavirus epidemic from 23rd of August 2021.

Note! When the epidemic is again in an accelaration or a spreading phace, figures will be updated on weekdays and on weekends at about 11.00. In order not to compromise the data protection of individuals, a municipality of residence will only be reported if the number of infections per day is more than five. This change is effective FROM 21 June, 2021.

Municipalities rating by incidence rate - will not be announced no longer. Decision made by the Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Working Group on 19th January 2021.

Recommendations and restrictions in force in Vaasa Hospital District

Information on the places of exposure to coronavirus

Information on the places of exposure to coronavirus can be found on the website of the municipalities in the region.

Coronavirus Vaccinations

The population in Vaasa Hospital District is being vaccinated against the coronavirus in accordance with the national vaccination programme. Vaccination is voluntary.

Each municipality is responsible for arranging vaccinations for its own residents. Vaccines are distributed equally to municipalities.

The progress of corona vaccination in Ostrobothnia will be announced in connection with press releases from the Corona Coordination Group.

More information on vaccines, vaccine safety and the national vaccination programme can be found on THL’s website.

You can follow the progress of the vaccination situation nationwide on the THL website.


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Recommendations and restrictions in force in Vaasa Hospital District

Recommendations and restrictions in force in Vaasa Hospital District


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