Coronavirus situation 26 August 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
Rovaniemi is in the acceleration phase of the epidemic. The other regions of the Lapland Hospital District are in the baseline phase of the epidemic.
The two-week incidence rate (9–22 August) for the epidemic in the region is 166.9 per 100,000 inhabitants and the one-week incidence rate (16–22 August) is 71.0 per 100,000 inhabitants. These incidence rates also include infection cases with persons residing outside of the Lapland Hospital District’s area.
During the course of a week (19–26 August), approximately 60 coronavirus infections have been reported in the Lapland Hospital District. The majority of these infections have been reported among people who were already in quarantine, or they were related to earlier identified chains of infection in Kemijärvi, Rovaniemi and Sodankylä. In addition, cases of infection have been confirmed in the Käpymetsä, Väinömöinen and Vaaranlampi kindergartens, and at the Korkalovaara School.
To date, 70.80% of all people living in the Lapland Hospital District area who are eligible for the vaccine have received their first dose of the vaccine. The percentage of people who have received both doses of the vaccine is 43.40% of those eligible to receive the vaccine.
Number of positive coronavirus tests confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District by week
Week no. 32 (9–15 August): 112 cases
Week no. 33 (16–22 August): 83 cases
Week no. 34 (current week): 28 cases (as of 26 August at 15:40)
The total number of cases confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District on the basis of coronavirus tests conducted at testing stations is 1320. This figure also includes persons living outside the area.
26 August 2021 Lapland Hospital District / Infection Control Unit
Länsi-Pohja Hospital District
The Länsi-Pohja Hospital District is now in the baseline phase of the epidemic.
The Länsi-Pohja Hospital District is now in the baseline phase of the epidemic. During last week, 17 coronavirus infections were confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District, approximately one-third of which were infections reported with people already in quarantine. Eight of these infections were confirmed with people who reside outside the area. A total of seven new coronavirus cases have confirmed so far this week.
The Regional Pandemic Working Group decided that Länsi-Pohja will continue to be in the baseline phase of the epidemic. The incidence rate is falling and there are currently no coronavirus patients receiving hospital treatment.
The coronavirus recommendations currently applied in the Länsi-Pohja area are listed on the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District website.
Vaccinations for young adults is important
To date, 69.8 percent of all people to receive the vaccine in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District have received at least one dose. Approximately 44.9 percent of the people to receive the vaccine have received both doses.
There is still some improvements that need to be done with the vaccination coverage for people under 40. The Regional Pandemic Working Group recommends the vaccine for all people over 12 years of age. For the time being, vaccination appointments are well available in the municipalities of the region. Municipalities inform about vaccination matters on their websites.
The taking of the coronavirus vaccine not only benefits the person receiving the vaccine, but also fellow citizens, who, possibly due to illness or medication, will not receive adequate protection from the coronavirus from the vaccine. Achieving as good as possible vaccination coverage also plays a part in helping to avoid having to impose stricter restrictions.
The autumn influenza season has commenced and because of this coronavirus testing is somewhat congested. If there are a number of people sick within the same family, it is not necessary to test all family members for the coronavirus. For example, the testing of young children is not necessary, if the adults of the same family have had tests done.
Number of positive coronavirus tests confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District by week
Week no. 32 (9–15 August): 27 cases
Week no. 33 (9–15 August): 17 cases
Week no. 33 (current week): 9 cases (as of 26 August at 10:00)
The total number of cases confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District on the basis of coronavirus tests conducted at testing stations is 857.
25 August 2021 Länsi-Pohja Regional Pandemic Working Group