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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 13 September 2022

Southwest Finland is still in the spread phase of coronavirus.

The incidence of coronavirus is declining. The incidence rate of two weeks per one hundred thousand inhabitants is 176, according to the Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL).

Coronavirus sampling is relatively low. The positivity rate of those being tested is now 15,9 percent.

On 13 September there were 14 coronapatients in Tyks, of which no one was in intensive care.

The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland met on Tuesday 13 September. The group did not make any changes to the recommendations.

The regional corona prevention group will meet next time on 11 October 2022, unless the need arises.

Coronavirus vaccines

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.

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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.

Working remotely

  • The extensive recommendation for working remotely has ended nationwide and was also dismantled in Southwest Finland as of 1 March 2022.
  • Workplaces are encouraged to use workplace-specific hybrid models to maintain work communities' own capacity.

Face masks

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.

See also 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.

  • Social work units
    • It is important to pay special attention to safe visiting practices, regardless of the vaccination status of the residents, staff and visitors.

  • Wards in health centres
    • It is important to pay special attention to safe visiting practices, regardless of the vaccination status of patients, staff and visitors.

  • See also visiting Tyks hospitals during the coronavirus epidemic.

Organization of teaching

In the academic year 2022–2023, early childhood education, preschool education, primary school, upper secondary schools, vocational education, higher education, liberal adult education and basic education in arts will be organized in accordance with the legislation under normal conditions. The temporary legal changes enacted for the academic years 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 due to the coronavirus situation are no longer valid.

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.

Public events

  • No effective restrictions.  
  • On AVI's website (in Finnish) you can find answers to frequently asked questions.

Private events

  • When organizing private events, attention should be paid to health-safe practices, such as good hand hygiene and adequate safety distances.

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.

Adults

  • Adults group hobby activities are allowed.
  • Corona-safe practices in gyms and exercise facilities must be ensured in all sports activities. These measures include hand hygiene, safety distances and the avoidance of unnecessary stays in exercise facilities and changing rooms.

Travelling

It is recommended to take into account the recommendations issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Institute for Health and Welfare's (THL).

Corona passport

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.

Vaccination

In the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, we go by the Finnish institute for health and welfare's (THL) directions about the corona vaccine. According to the directions, the following persons are now being given the fourth dose of the corona vaccine:

  • persons aged 12 or over with a severely weakened immune defence
  • persons aged 60 or over 
  • persons aged 18-59 in at-risk groups

Risk groups for severe coronavirus disease

See the recommendations on corona vaccination order and at-risk groups for corona on Finnish institution for health and welfare's (THL) web page.

Visiting the hospital during the coronavirus epidemic

The instructions apply to all hospitals at Turku University Hospital (Tyks) from 10 May 2022.

Visiting instructions:

  • 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.

Coronavirus tests

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.

More information

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.

Päivitetty: 13/09/2022 13:42
Luotu: 17/04/2020 14:00
If you suspect that you have contracted the coronavirus, first do a symptom survey at www.omaolo.fi.

Coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest Updates (Finnish Institute for health and welfare, THL)

 Municipalities' corona web pages

Listed below are the hospital district of Southwest Finlands' member municipalities' own corona web pages, if one exists in the municipality. Please note, that all municipalities do not have English web pages.