Corona status

Coronavirus situation in Lapland now

Thursday 13 January 2022

The translated version of the coronavirus review for Lapland is published weekly.

You still need to take a coronavirus test even when experiencing the mildest of symptoms, if you have the risk of being infected with a severe case of the coronavirus disease, or if you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, or you are employed in the social and health sector.

Links about the current situation:

Lapland Hospital District

(information as of 13 January at 15:52)

The Lapland Hospital District is in the community transmission phase of the epidemic.

The incidence rate based on the last two weeks (27 December – 9 January) is 2,092.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The incidence rate based on one week (3–9 January) is 1,358 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.  

Infections in all municipalities of the Lapland Hospital District

A total of 620 new cases have been reported since Tuesday.

66 of these infections are registered for the previous week. A total of 716 infections have been reported this week, of which just over half have been reported in Rovaniemi. This week, COVID-19 cases have been recorded in all municipalities of the Lapland Hospital District.

Last week (3–9 January) A total of 1,613 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District area. 59% of the infections were confirmed with residents of the region. 29% of the infections were found with people who live outside the Lapland Hospital District. 12% of cases of infections were reported with foreign visitors.

Most of last week’s infections were reported in Rovaniemi (723 infections). The next most significant cases of infection were found in Kittilä (332 infections), Inari (166 infections), and Kolari (153 infections). Infections were found in all the municipalities of the Lapland Hospital District. A total of 12,845 coronavirus tests were taken in the Lapland Hospital District, with 10,849 of these being rapid antigen tests. The proportion of positive test cases in relation to the total number of tests taken was 12.13 percent.

5 January LAPLAND HOSPITAL DISTRICT: Ban on patient visits at the Lapland Central Hospital and other social and health care units
4 January City of Rovaniemi: COVID-19 tracking congested – the city asks people with positive test results to stay isolated

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

Week no. 52 (27 December – 2 January): 858 cases
Week no. 1 (3–9 January): 1,613 cases (as of 13 January at 15:52)
Week no. 2 (current week): 716 cases (as of 13 January at 15:52)

The total number of cases confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District on the basis of coronavirus tests conducted at testing stations is 6253. This figure also includes persons living outside the area.

Job vacancies: Looking for help in the municipalities of the Lapland Hospital District in fighting COVID-19, vacancies now open for Vaccinators, Tracers and Testers

New exposure sites (updated on 5 January)

The City of Rovaniemi has stopped reporting on potential exposure sites, as in practice exposure is now possible anywhere. Health-safety behaviour is all the more important in order to curb the rapid spread of the epidemic.

  • Sunday 2 January Kittilä Airport cafeteria at 9:00–15:00
  • Monday 3 January Kittilä Airport cafeteria at 8:00–10:00

It is recommended that all visitors in those locations at the times mentioned monitor their own health and seek a COVID-19 test, even if experiencing the slightest of symptoms.

Current vaccination coverage (updated on 13 January)

For those aged 12 years or olderLapland Hospital DistrictLänsi-Pohja Hospital DistrictWhole of Finland
1st dose88.4%87.2%88.1%
2nd dose84.5%83.1%84.4%
3nd dose36.6%31.6%34.5%
For those aged 12 years or older

Whole populationLapland Hospital DistrictLänsi-Pohja Hospital DistrictWhole of Finland
1st dose78.5%77.2%77.6%
2nd dose75.0%73.6%74.3%
3nd dose32.5%27.9%30.4%
Vaccination coverage for the whole population

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Länsi-Pohja Hospital District

(information as of 12 January at 10:16)
The coronavirus review for the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District is mainly published on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Länsi-Pohja Hospital District is currently in the community transmission phase of the epidemic.

99 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed this week.

99 new cases of the coronavirus infection have been reported in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District this week by Wednesday morning.

There are five patients currently receiving hospital treatment due to the COVID-19 infection. Intensive care is also being used.

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

Week no. 52 (27 December – 2 January): 221 cases
Week no. 1 (3–9 January): 300 cases
Week no. 2 (current week): 99 cases (as of 12 January at 10:16)

The total number of cases confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District on the basis of coronavirus tests conducted at testing stations is 2,528.

Infection Control Unit

Lapland Hospital District

Number of cases

1117

Week before last

876

Last week

5223

All

Länsi-Pohja Hospital District

Number of cases

278

Week before last

277

Last week

2285

All

Incidence rate* by hospital district

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

Instructions Principle guidelines in Lapland:
In addition, please follow these general safety guidelines:

1. Take the coronavirus test

If you fall ill, even if you have mild symptoms, go for a coronavirus test and stay isolated until you receive the results of the test. There is a very low threshold for tests – make an appointment for your coronavirus test with your local health centre. Find the contact details for your locality from the section “Ask for advice or book an appointment for a coronavirus test.

2. Maintain a safe distance at all times

Adhere to social distancing rules in shops and public gatherings outdoors and indoors. Try to avoid all public gatherings.

3. Use a face mask

Face masks are recommended in the following situations:

  • When using public transport
  • When leaving home for a coronavirus test.
  • Passengers arriving in Finland from a risk area making their way from the place of arrival to quarantine or who they have an urgent reason to spend time outside the home during quarantine.
  • In all other situations, with indoor gatherings where close contacts cannot always be avoided.
  • If you belong to one of the risk groups, in addition to other precautions, use a face mask in shops, public indoor areas, public transport and other similar situations to make sure you are protected. The use of a surgical nose and mouth face mask is recommended.

The use of a face mask shows consideration for others and should be practiced. When the infection situation changes in Lapland, we will provide more recommendations, if necessary.

4. Cough in the correct way

Cough or sneeze into a disposable handkerchief or your own sleeve.

5. Take care of hand hygiene

Make sure you wash or disinfect your hands many times a day. A pocket-sized bottle of disinfectant is easy to carry with you!

6. Monitor the situation

Monitor coronavirus announcements, i.e. the so-called “Corona Status”. The coronavirus situation is not yet over, so please monitor how the situation develops, follow the guidelines and act responsibly.

7. Care

Don’t leave anyone alone, let’s take care of each other and enjoy life.