Coronavirus epidemic in 2022
On this page you will find updated information on the coronavirus and the epidemic from the perspective of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland. The page also contains
instructions for applying for the corona test, information on
visits to Tyks hospitals, and links to the district municipalities' own corona pages.
Situation in Southwest Finland
Updated 10 May 2022
Southwest Finland is still in the spread phase of coronavirus. The epidemic is gradually calming down.
The incidence rate of two weeks per one hundred thousand inhabitants is 715, according to the records of the hospital district of Southwest Finland.
Cases are still reported in large numbers, on average 250 per day. At the same time one year ago an average of 30 cases a day were diagnosed and two years ago only about four cases a day.
On 10 May there were 24 coronapatients in Tyks, none of which were in intensive care.
The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland met on Tuesday 22 April. The group eased the face mask recommendation and the visiting instructions at Tyks hospitals.
The regional corona prevention group will meet next time on 24 May 2022.
The Hospital District delivers the majority of vaccines upon arrival to the municipalities in southwest Finland, which are responsible for performing the vaccinations. In southwest Finland, the number of vaccine doses distributed to the municipalities according to nationally defined criteria.
Vaccinations are given in accordance with the Government decree and THL's draft vaccination schedule. The data of the vaccinations given are reported compiledly in the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) vaccination register, which also shows the progress of vaccinations in Southwest Finland.
Recommendations for Southwest Finland
Recommendations according to the spread phase are in use in Southwest Finland. All recommendations are valid in all of Southwest Finland for the time being, unless otherwise noted.
The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland decided on 22 April 2022 lift the general face mask recommendation, following the earlier decision by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).
On 14 April 2022 THL lifted the general face mask recommendation in Finland except for the following situations:
- for those seeking treatment or a test because of a suspicion of coronavirus infection
- for those with symptoms of respiratory infection, who nevertheless have essential reasons to move outside their home
- for those who know that they have been exposed to coronavirus (for example, infections have been diagnosed in the family) and for whom close contact with outsiders cannot be avoided.
For those with symptoms, the primary recommendation is always to stay at home until the symptoms have passed.
However, the use of the mask in Southwest Finland is still recommended for staff and visitors in the following places:
- in all health care facilities (hospitals, health centers, receptions)
- in 24-hour care facilities, in care units for the disabled
- in institutional and home care for the elderly and those at risk and also in social work if necessary.
In Tyks hospitals staff and patients use face masks in the following situations:
- In all patient contacts throughout the hospital premises.
- Everywhere in the hospital's treatment facilities, such as the waiting rooms of the outpatient clinics, x-rays, laboratories, other examination rooms and wards.
Adequate distance is recommended in canteens, cafes and meeting rooms, if possible.
Everyone can still use the mask at their own discretion, for example indoors where it is difficult to avoid close contact. In particular, those who are not vaccinated and who are at risk of developing severe coronavirus infection should consider using a mask that also effectively protects the carrier (FFP2 / 3).
Workplaces may still have more detailed instructions from the employer and these are decided by the employer. The National Institute for Occupational Health (TTL) published on 14 April the news (in Finnish) that the employer is instructing on the internal use of the mask in the workplace based on a risk assessment.
THL's recommendation on the use of face masks.
See also from Föli's website what changes does the coronavirus cause in Turku region traffic and other services.
Protecting the elderly and at-risk groups
A person with symptoms suggestive of a coronavirus infection should not go to any social or health care facility, even if he or she has already received two or three doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
Organization of teaching
Primary schools, vocational institutions, general upper secondary schools and universities may continue contact teaching (classroom teaching).
Recommendation by THL and the Ministry of Education and Culture to providers of education and early childhood education and care during the coronavirus epidemic 22 December 2021.
Recommendations of THL and the Ministry of Education and Culture for universities, universities of applied sciences and providers of general upper secondary education, vocational education and training, liberal adult education and basic education for adults during the coronavirus epidemic 22.12.2021.
It is emphasised to education providers (eg municipalities) to continue health-safe activities in schools, paying particular attention to nutrition and transition situations where there is a risk of congestion.
It is very important to follow precautions at student events.
It is still possible to transition to hybrid or distance education for a limited time can also be considered for individual schools or municipalities, if there have been significant infection clusters in the school.
More about public spaces in Turku, hobbies and the organization of teaching.
Public and private premises
Adequate distance must be taken into account when using public and private customer and business premises. The municipalities can use the possibility of the Communicable Diseases Act to decide on the occupancy rate of public spaces in their area.
Indoors, close contact must be avoided. The instructions of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare on the organization of public events should be followed.
See the government page for up-to-date information on restaurant restrictions.
- No effective restrictions.
On AVI's website (in Finnish) you can find answers to frequently asked questions.
When organizing private events, attention should be paid to health-safe practices, such as good hand hygiene, adequate safety distances and the use of face masks.
Restrictions on hobbies
Children and young people (born 2003 and later)
- Group hobbies for children and young people are allowed.
- Group hobbies can be continued, taking into account
in particular health-safe practices such as hand hygiene and adequate safety distances.
It is recommended to take into account the
recommendations issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Institute for Health and Welfare's (THL).
The restrictions of the corona passport ended on 28 February 2022. The passport can now be used to be released from the restrictions. If there are no restrictions, a passport is not required. The situation is therefore the same as in the autumn before the passport was restricted. The passport is, in principle, valid for as long as the passport provisions of the Communicable Diseases Act remain in force, ie until the end of June. The working group is preparing new passport legislation in case the disease situation worsens.
Read more about corona passport from ministry of social affairs and health's webpage.
Visiting the hospital during the coronavirus epidemic
The instructions apply to all hospitals at Turku University Hospital (Tyks) from 10 May 2022.
- Follow the instructions you receive from the treatment unit regarding the time of visit and protection.
- Arrive for a visit in good health. If you have respiratory symptoms, you should not arrive for a visit to the hospital.
- Wear a face mask when moving around hospital facilities, such as wards, x-rays or laboratories and when visiting a patient.
- Use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the hospital, ward, and patient room.
- In some treatment units, such as intensive care units, visitation rules may be more limited due to the operation of the unit.
- In childbirth there can be two support persons in the delivery room and one support person in the Family and Neonatal Ward. Support person and the baby's siblings can visit between 8 am and 8 pm. Grandparents can visit from 6 pm to 7 pm.
- At emergency and appointments, the escort may be present throughout the visit if the patient's condition so requires. You can also come to the hospital to pick up the patient. Two asymptomatic adult support persons may be present at maternity outpatient clinic appointments.
Coronavirus tests etc.
The result of the coronavirus test is usually reported from the Tyks laboratory within 1-2 days of sampling. Samples are analyzed every day of the week. The completion of samples taken outside Turku is also affected by transport schedules.
As a rule, the answer comes by text message from the party from whom the referral for sampling was received. The test result is also reported in the Omakanta service. If the response is delayed by more than two days, it is advisable to contact the party from whom the referral was made.
- See also children and coronavirus (THL).
- The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) follows the epidemic closely and posts updated information on these pages:
The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland
The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland is a joint steering group of many actors. The group meets regularly and outlines regional recommendations.
Read more about the composition of the regional corona prevention group.