Coronavirus situation in Lapland now

Wednesday 16 June 2021

The translated version of the coronavirus review for Lapland is published once a week.

Everyone staying in Lapland must take a coronavirus test even with the slightest of symptoms that are related to the coronavirus.

Links about the current situation:

Official instructions from Lapland to travellers who suspect they may have caught the coronavirus

THL: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic

Additional guidelines, current recommendations, and restrictions for hospital districts

THL: Progress with COVID-19 vaccinations

Lapland Hospital District

The Lapland Hospital District is in the baseline phase of the epidemic. The COVID-19 situation in the Lapland Hospital District has remained calm for the last two months. Individual infections have all come from outside the hospital district. The national situation has also developed in a more peaceful direction, with only six hospital districts currently experiencing the acceleration or community transmission phases.

The incidence rate based on the last two weeks (31 May – 13 June) is 5.1 per 100,000 inhabitants. The incidence rate based on one week (7–13 June) is 4.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.

This incidence rate also includes cases of patients who live outside the Lapland Hospital District area. For this reason, the figure can differ from that announced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) that does not count those living outside of Lapland.  

So far, there have been no new infections in the Rovaniemi chain of transmission

Last week, a total five (5) coronavirus infections were confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District area. A total of 4,196 coronavirus tests were taken. The proportion of positive test results in relation to the total number of tests taken was 0.12 percent

This week, a total of four (4) new cases have been confirmed. Three of these infections relate to the chain of infection identified in Rovaniemi last week. One of the infections confirmed this week was reported with a person who has caught the infection from abroad. Infections have not been detected in the area of the Lapland Hospital District and there are no exposed persons in the area of the hospital district either.

During the night between Friday and Saturday 11–12 June last week between the times of 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., people at the Half Moon nightclub in Rovaniemi may have been exposed to coronavirus. This case is linked to the chain of transmission identified in Rovaniemi last week, and cause of the infection was the Alfa variant, that is better known as the British variant.

The Infection Control Unit of the Lapland Hospital District recommends that all people who were at the Half Moon nightclub during that period should take a coronavirus test, even if no symptoms occur

Rovaniemi currently has three coronavirus testing points:

The Mehiläinen drive-in testing point welcome people at Sairaalankatu 1. The testing point is open Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday 8:30–11:30 a.m.. You do not need to make an appointment.

The Terveystalo testing point is located on the 1st floor of the Revontuli Shopping Centre, the entrance is from the southern end of the shopping centre using its own outside door (Repolainen play area). Coronavirus tests without an appointment Monday–Tuesday at 7:20 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesday–Friday from 7:20 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Lappica testing point serves all customers over the age of seven (7) years and the Lappica occupational health care service customers are tested at the container in the bus station grounds at Lapinvijäntie 2. The service point desk is open on weekdays at 7:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. Customers are asked to bring along proof of identity.
The Lappica test point is by appointment only:
Lappica occupational health customers can book test appointments online: Lappica’s online appointment service  
For other people over the age of seven (7) years, a coronavirus test appointment can be made by calling the Lappica telephone service on tel. 020 692 190 weekdays from 8 a.m. – 12 noon. Leave a call-back request and you will receive a call and an appointment for a coronavirus test.

Number of positive coronavirus tests confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District by week

Week no. 22 (31 May – 6 June): One (1) case
Week no. 23 (7–13 June): Five (5) cases
Week no. 24 (current week): Four (4) cases (as of 16 June at 12:28)

The total number of cases confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District on the basis of coronavirus tests conducted at testing stations is 802. This figure also includes persons living outside the area.

Infection Control Unit

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Länsi-Pohja Hospital District

The Länsi-Pohja Hospital District is now in the baseline phase of the epidemic.

Gathering restrictions will be lifted – other coronavirus safety measures are still necessary

Last week, 15 coronavirus infections were detected in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District area, eight of which were from their own area and the rest were from outside the community. During the current week, the number of cases confirmed to date is four (4).

The incidence rate based on the last two weeks in Länsi-Pohja is now approximately 25 per 100,000 inhabitants. There are currently no coronavirus patients in hospital care. The epidemic situation in the region is currently at the baseline level.

The number of infections has been increasing slightly in recent weeks. However, a significant number of the infections has been reported with people who live outside the community or with people who are already in quarantine. However, there seems to be some asymptomatic carriers in the area.

Taking the vaccine will make it easier to travel in the future

The Regional Pandemic Working Group recommends that all residents of the region reserve a vaccination appointment when this is possible according to the order of vaccinations. The vaccination coverage needs to be sufficiently high to enable the epidemic in the region to be brought to an end.

Taking the vaccine also makes it easier to travel. From today onwards, Finnish travellers who have received both doses of the vaccine can cross the border without having to take a coronavirus test. In addition, those people who have received one dose of the vaccine do not have to take a coronavirus test at the border, but they must take a coronavirus test within a period of 72 hours from entering the country. Otherwise, health examinations at the border will continue in accordance with the decision issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland on 15 June 2021.

A certificate verifying that you have received the coronavirus vaccine is available from the Omakanta service. For more information about the vaccination certificate, see https://www.kanta.fi/koronatodistus.

Recommendations for gatherings are still valid this week

Recommendations for public meetings and gatherings will be lifted in the Länsi-Pohja area starting on 21 June 2021. Until the end of this week, a recommendation is in force that a maximum of 50 persons can gather in indoor spaces. The limit for outdoor areas is 100 people.

The Regional Pandemic Working Group strongly recommends that other coronavirus safety measures (good hand hygiene, face masks, safe distancing) continue to be applied for all social contacts. There is still a risk that the epidemic situation in the region will worsen.

All coronavirus recommendations currently applied in the Länsi-Pohja area are listed on the Hospital District website.

The Länsi-Pohja Regional Pandemic Working Group

For more information, please contact: Interim Medical Director Petra Portakorva, tel. 040 168 5211

Number of positive coronavirus tests confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District by week

Week no. 22 (31 May – 6 June): 12 cases
Week no. 23 (7–13 June): 15 cases
Week no. 24 (current week): Four (4) cases (as of 16 June at 13:47)

The total number of cases confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District on the basis of coronavirus tests conducted at testing stations is 723.

Infection Control Unit

Lapland Hospital District

Number of cases

1

Week before last

4

Last week

635

All

Länsi-Pohja Hospital District

Number of cases

5

Week before last

7

Last week

638

All

Incidence rate* by hospital district

*Incidence refers to the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the period.

Testing in Lapland Hospital District

Testing in Länsi-Pohja Hospital District

Source: THL
(Note: Numbers do not include cases where the patient is from other hospital district)