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?
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!
- Assess the coronavirus symptoms online at Omaolo.fi if you have symptoms and feelings suggestive of the coronavirus. Follow the instructions provided by the service provider.
- Make an appointment for a corona test by contacting your local health station.
- If your local health station is closed, for example on a weekend, call the non-emergency call number 116117.
- In the event of an emergency, call 112.
- See the THL.fi 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:
- 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 10th of April:
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: 2355 (yesterday 2351)
Total number of samples taken: 63 293
Number of samples taken yesterday: 359
The two-week incidence rate per 100 000 people in the district: 42 (10.4.2021).
Vaasa Hospital District is in an acceleration phase of the coronavirus epidemic from 23rd of March 2021.
(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.
Vaccination progress in Vaasa Hospital District
We provide weekly updates on the progress of coronavirus vaccinations in Vaasa Hospital District. The figures provided are only indicative. More detailed information about the vaccines currently in use can be found on the THL website. The booster dose (second vaccine dose) is given 12 weeks after the first vaccine dose.
(Picture only in Finnish, information below, updated 7.4.2021)
- Social welfare and healthcare professionals working close to the corona virus * (approx. 900 individuals): 1st vaccine dose 99%, vaccination complete 66%
- Customers of housing and institutional care for the elderly * (approx. 2000 individuals): 1st vaccine dose 84%
- Those born in 1941 and earlier (approx. 11,000 individuals): 1st vaccine dose 99%
- Those born between 1942 and 1951 (approx. 17,500 individuals): 1st vaccine dose 75%
- Those born in 1952 and later: 1st vaccine dose 8%
*Please note that individuals reported in this group are also included in the age-group tracking.
Vaasa Hospital Districk is in an accelaration phase of the coronavirus epidemic from 23rd of March 2021. You can check the current situation in Vaasa Hospita...Read more