The coronavirus shows no signs of abating in Ostrobothnia. Over the past week, a total of 122 new positive cases of infection were detected in the region. The Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Group, which met on Monday 15 November, noted that Ostrobothnia meets the characteristics of an epidemic in the community transmission phase of infection.

On Monday 15 November, the incidence rate of coronavirus in Ostrobothnia was 122. The proportion of positive samples discovered has increased in the last two weeks. The proportion of positive tests from the previous seven days is 5.4%. In recent days, new infections have been detected, especially in the southern parts of Ostrobothnia, where large cluster infections have been detected in Närpiö (Närpes) and Kristiinankaupunki (Kristinestad). Infections have occurred among schoolchildren, among other groups. Approximately 40 percent of the infections have been reported in children under the age of 12, with infections spreading easily to families and other relatives they have been in close contact with. Infections have also been reported in the northern parts of the region and, to an increasing extent, also in Vaasa.

Based on its situation, the Ostrobothnia region meets the characteristics of a community transmission phase in a virus-defined area described by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The group reported the situation to the Regional State Administrative Agency of Western and Inner Finland.

The group did not make any changes to the recommendations in force in the region. According to previous decisions, the recommendation to use face masks will continue in Ostrobothnia until the end of November. The group also continues to encourage the population to seek vaccine protection and to conduct low threshold testing, even when symptoms are mild.

The recommendations and restrictions in force in the region are available on the Vaasa Central Hospital website.

For travel, countries with a high risk of coronavirus infection can be checked on the THL website.

The Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Group will next meet on Tuesday 23 November. If necessary, the group will meet earlier.

A community transmission phase for the region instead of former spreading phase

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has developed epidemiological characteristics for areas that are better suited to the current epidemiological situation, replacing the previous epidemic phase criteria. The criteria can be read from the appendix released by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on 11 November 2021 (in Finnish).

The new epidemiological characteristics for areas are included in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health updated hybrid strategy action plan in September. A prerequisite for its full introduction was that vaccination coverage of at least 80% for people aged 12 or older had been achieved or that all those in the target population had had the opportunity to get vaccinated twice. Corona vaccinations have progressed well throughout the country, and according to the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the above-mentioned target of 80% vaccination coverage was achieved in Finland on 10 November 2021. As a result, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health fully implemented the hybrid strategy throughout the country as of 15 November, 2021.

Compilation of coronavirus indicators in Ostrobothnia

Epidemiological criteria for spreading areas: Achieved in Ostrobothnia (Ostrobothnia is a spreading area).

Total number of corona infections: 4,294 (Monday 15 November 2021)

Regional incidence (14 days): 122 (Monday 15 November 2021)

Corona vaccinations in the region (NOTE! Over 12-year-olds): Of the region's population, 86.6% have received one vaccine dose and 81.3% have received two vaccine doses (Monday 15 November 2021).

Number of people who died in the hospital district due to illness caused by the coronavirus, from the beginning of the epidemic, 15 November 2021: 19 people.

Meeting participants:

Marina Kinnunen, VSHP, pj., Peter Nieminen, VSHP, Juha Salonen, VSHP, Heikki Kaukoranta, Vaasa, Tomas Häyry, Vaasa, Jarkko Pirttiperä, K5, Miia Kaartinen, AVI, Tuula Hannila-Handelberg, THL, Karin Kainlauri,ELY, Hanna Hattar, Press Officer VSHP, Päivi Berg, Secretary VSHP.

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.

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