People with symptoms should go for a low threshold coronavirus test even if they have received two doses of vaccine. The virus situation in Ostrobothnia remains bad, although it appears to have receded slightly when compared to previous weeks. The face mask recommendation was extended in Ostrobothnia until the end of November, based on the bad situation in the region. The recommendation applies to anyone over 12 years of age.

Especially after travelling on autumn holidays, both adults and children are advised to go for a coronavirus test even when symptoms are mild. This was stated by the Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Group at its meeting on Tuesday. Active testing can help prevent the spread of infections in daycare centres, schools and workplaces after the autumn holidays.

The number of positive test results for coronavirus infection has decreased slightly in Ostrobothnia. The number of positive cases was 115 in the previous week, compared to 161 the week before. The incidence rate has also started to fall to 153 on Tuesday. The epidemic centre is in the northern parts of the region, in Luoto (Larsmo) and now also in Pedersöre. Based on the epidemiological situation, Ostrobothnia is still in the spreading phase of the epidemic.

Face mask recommendation continues in Ostrobothnia until the end of November

The recommendation to wear face masks will continue in Ostrobothnia until the end of November. The group’s decision is based on the current number of viral infections in the region.

The face mask recommendation applies to all 12-year-olds and older, i.e. also pupils and students in schools and educational institutions from the 6th grade and higher. It is recommended to always wear a face mask on public transport and other public transport, in indoor work communities, always in public indoor premises and public events, and in shops, for example. The recommendation is valid in Ostrobothnia. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) updated its own general recommendations for wearing face masks on 30 September, 2021. However, it is important to note that regions always provide regional guidance based on their own local situation, which may deviate from THL’s general guidance.

A strong incentive to receive full vaccine protection

On 19 October 2021, 66.2% of the population of Ostrobothnia had received two coronavirus vaccines and 74% had received a single vaccine. Among those over 12 years of age, 86.3% had received one vaccine and 77.4% had received two vaccines.

The Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Group strongly encourages the population to take the coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine is an effective protection against severe forms of coronavirus infection.

Next meeting on 2 November.

The Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Group will next meet in two weeks’ time on Tuesday 2 November. If necessary, the group will meet earlier.

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

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

Compilation of coronavirus indicators in Ostrobothnia

Epidemic phase: Spreading phase

Total number of coronavirus infections: 3961 (Tuesday 19 October, 2021)

Regional incidence (14 days): 153 (Tuesday 19 October, 2021)

Number of people who have died in the hospital district due to the coronavirus since the beginning of the epidemic, 19 October, 2021: 17 people.

Meeting participants:

Marina Kinnunen, VSHP, pj., Peter Nieminen, VSHP, Juha Salonen, VSHP, Heikki Kaukoranta, Vaasa, Tomas Häyry, Vaasa, Gun Kapténs, Luoto, Jarkko Pirttiperä, K5, Laura Blåfield, AVI, Timo Saari, ELY, Hanna Hattar, Press Officer VSHP, Elina Kurtti, Public Relations 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.

10/20/2021 Redaktion_Toimitus