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Coronavirus epidemic in 2021

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 19 October 2021

Southwest Finland is still in the spread phase of coronavirus.

The incidence rate has started to decline again and is now at the level of the end of July. The incidence rate per one hundred thousand inhabitants in Southwest Finland is 122. Last week the incidence rate was 148. The share of positive tests in all tests has also decreased and is now 6,5 percent.

However, the hospital burden has remained high. During weeks 38–41, a total of 41 treatment cycles began in the hospitals of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland due to coronavirus infection. Of these, 30 were completely unvaccinated, five had received one vaccine, and six had received two doses of vaccine.

The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland met on Tuesday 19 October. The group did not make any changes to the recommendations below. The corona passport has been introduced in the area and is available at the discretion of the operators.

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  • The maximum remote work recommendation for the spread phase at national level is no longer valid.
  • Employers should promote arrangements that reduce close contacts and other risk factors.

Face masks

It is recommended to use face mask in the following situations:

  • In public transport, especially at rush hours.
  • In public indoor spaces and in public events with a lot of people close together.
  • In schools and educational institutions starting from grade 6 of comprehensive school.
  • In addition, you should wear a face mask if you are on the way to the coronavirus test and before you get the test result if there is a necessary reason to move outside the home.
  • In hospitals, patients and visitors should wear a mask in accordance with hospital guidelines.
  • At your own discretion, the face mask can still be used in other situations.

See also THL's updated mask recommendation 30 September 2021.

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

  • Social welfare
    • With vaccination coverage of more than 90 percent in 24-hour care units, visiting practices in these can be facilitated.
  • Wards in health centres
    • When the local epidemic situation and vaccine coverage allow, visiting practices in health care wards can also be eased.
  • See also visiting Tyks hospitals during the coronavirus epidemic.

Organization of teaching

As a general rule, primary schools, vocational institutions, general upper secondary schools and universities may continue contact teaching (classroom teaching).

It is emphasized that in all contact teaching situations, the teaching staff uses the mask according to the instructions of the workplace. A face mask recommendation is valid for students from the 6th grade of primary school onwards, using municipality-specific considerations.

Recommendation by THL and the Ministry of Education and Culture to providers of education and early childhood education and care during the coronavirus epidemic 12 October 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 12.10.2021.

Recommendations to use face masks for early childhood education and teaching staff and students in 6th grade and older will be re-evaluated when the vaccination coverage of the 2nd dose in the area is adequate and protective efficacy has been established.

Education providers (eg municipalities) are instructed to continue health-safe activities in schools, paying particular attention to eating and transition situations where there is a risk of congestion.

It is very important to follow precautions at student events.

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.

Amendments to restaurant restrictions are decided by a government decree. See the government page for up-to-date information on restaurant restrictions.

Public events

Private events

  • The same recommendation applies to private events as to public events.

Restrictions on hobbies

Children and young people (born 2001 and later)

  • Group hobbies for children and young people can be continued, taking into account health-safe practices such as hand hygiene and adequate safety distances. You should not go to hobbies if you are ill or in quarantine.

Adults

  • Adult group hobbies and competition and match activities can be continued in accordance with the health-safe operating model in accordance with the instructions issued by the Ministry of Education and Science and THL on the risk of coronavirus infection in indoor sports and cultural activities.
  • Swimming pools and their washing and sauna facilities may be used, taking into account the requirements for safety clearences and hygiene measures. In group hobbies and in private events, it is recommended to actually avoid close contacts.

In addition

  • Swimming pools and their washing and sauna facilities may be used, taking into account the requirements for safety clearences and hygiene measures.
  • It is recommended that private operators take similar action.

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 corona passport has been introduced in the area and is available at the discretion of the operators.

Vaccination

  • The population is encouraged to vaccinate as comprehensively as possible.
  • The third booster dose can now be given to those who have received the first and second doses in less than six weeks, more than 6 months after the second dose of the vaccine. Third vaccinations have also been started for people whose immune system is significantly weakened and whose second dose of vaccine is more than 2 months old.
  • The vaccination interval may be reduced from 12 weeks to six (6) weeks within available resources and with appropriate emphasis on different occupational groups.
  • In addition, it is recommended that municipalities introduce various pop-up vaccination solutions.
  • Vaccination coverage needs to be increased, especially in high-risk workplaces such as shipyards and other construction sectors.

Visiting the hospital during the coronavirus epidemic

The instructions apply to all hospitals at Turku University Hospital (Tyks) from 4 June 2021.

Visiting instructions:

  • Arrange your visit with the unit in advance.
  • 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 (take your own mask with you) in all areas of the hospital.
  • Use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the hospital, ward, and patient room.
  • A maximum of two people can visit the patient at the same time.
  • We recommend short visits of up to 15 minutes.
  • If you have just returned from abroad, please refrain from visiting the hospital within 14 days of arriving in Finland, if
    • you have not received the full corona vaccination series (the second vaccination at least two weeks before your visit)
    • you have not had corona virus infection less than 6 months ago
    • you do not have a negative corona test result taken at least 72 hours after your arrival in Finland to show.

Exceptions may be made for visits to a seriously ill or hospitalized patient in order to make the visit as flexible as possible. Similarly, 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 maternity ward. There is no time limit for support persons visits to departments. During visiting hours you may have one guest in addition to the support person and if the support person is not present, you can have two guests.

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. One asymptomatic adult support person may be present at maternity 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: 19/10/2021 13:18
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.