The Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Group met for an extraordinary meeting on Friday to review the situation in the region and evaluate whether the recommendations and restrictions are adequate and effective. The Group has also asked the Regional State Administrative Agency (Avi) to evaluate the measures taken in the region this week. No new recommendations were issued on Friday as strong recommendations are already in place in the region. Next week, there may be more tools available at the national level for infection prevention with the update of the Communicable Diseases Act. Instead, an improvement is sought by being able to increase the number of rapid tests in the laboratory in Ostrobothnia. Preparations have started at FIMLAB.

Situation remains serious

In the past seven days, 139 new coronavirus infections were detected in Ostrobothnia, of which two have been identified as the British variant of the virus after sequencing. Approximately 420 tests have been taken on average daily, with an average of 18 positive cases. The majority of positive tests come from Vaasa based on the population base, but viral infections are evenly distributed throughout the entire region.

Praise given to residents and municipalities for rapid action taken

–  We want to thank residents for the fact that the majority of them have managed to follow the recommendations and guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. In school exposures, municipalities immediately responded, and classes and even entire schools switched to distance learning quickly when necessary. As the municipalities responded excellently, there is no need for wider distance learning recommendations, but we will continue along this chosen path, says the Director of the Vaasa Hospital District, Marina Kinnunen.

Regarding hobbies, the Corona Coordination Group further emphasises that the recommendation is to suspend indoor hobbies for people over the age of 20.

In addition, the recommendation of the Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Group is that no private events for more than 10 people be organised. The recommendation for face masks and teleworking as well as maintaining a social distance of at least two metres are still valid until 31 March 2021.

Compilation of coronavirus indicators in Ostrobothnia

Epidemic phase: spread phase

Total number of coronavirus infections: 1807 (Friday, 12 February)

Regional incidence (14 days): 128 (Friday 12 February)

Proportion of positive samples (last week, average): 6.28% (Thursday 11 February)

Meeting participants:

Marina Kinnunen, VSHP, puh.joht., Jarkko Pirttiperä, K5, Miia Kaartinen, AVI, Juha Salonen, VSHP, Heikki Kaukoranta, Vaasa, Peter Nieminen, VSHP, Gun Kapténs, Luoto, Tuula Hannila-Handelberg, THL, Tomas Häyry, Vaasa, Karin Kainlauri, ELY, Tia Väisänen, THL, Hanna Hattar, VSHP, Heidi Kurvinen, VSHP, Press Officer, Päivi Berg, VSHP, Secretary

Role and composition of the Ostrobothnia Regional Corona Coordination Group

The task of the group is to plan and implement measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in its region. The use of recommendations and restrictive measures requires a comprehensive assessment in which decisions are made and weighed in terms of epidemiological, social and economic impacts and in relation to fundamental rights.

2/15/2021 Redaktion_Toimitus