Friday 1 April 2022

Do not go to any public places if you are ill. If you have mild symptoms that indicate the coronavirus, stay at home, and check the test criteria for your home municipality.
If you get a positive result from COVID-19 test, stay at home for five days calculated from the beginning of the symptoms. People who have the virus are not isolated, but are treated in accordance with normal sick leave practices.
Continue to maintain safe distancing of at least 2 metres, take care of hand and cough hygiene and the use of a face mask in all public indoor areas and on public transport where safe distancing cannot be adhered to.

Links about the current situation:

Lapland Hospital District

(information as of 1 April)
The Lapland Hospital District no longer reports the number of new coronavirus infections. In the future, the status of the departmental workload will be communicated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This figure includes potential intensive care patients as well as patients admitted for other reasons who have later been found to have the coronavirus.

The incidence rate based on the last two weeks (13 – 27 March) is 1187.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The incidence rate based on one week (21–27 March) is 427.8 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.  

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

Currently, 16 coronavirus-positive patients are being treated in hospital

DateCoronavirus-positive patients receiving treatment (Lapland Central Hospital/LKS)
Friday 1 April16
Wednesday 30 March14
Friday 18 March10
Wednesday 16 March19
Tuesday 15 March19
Thursday 10 March12
Development of hospital pressure at the Lapland Central Hospital
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): This is how to use a face mask correctly

Current vaccination coverage (updated on 30 March)

For those aged 18 years or olderLapland Hospital DistrictLänsi-Pohja Hospital DistrictWhole of Finland
1st dose90.1%89.3%89.5%
2nd dose87.8%87.0%87.2%
3nd dose63.3%63.2%62.8%
Vaccination coverage in the population for people aged 18 years or over
Whole populationLapland Hospital DistrictLänsi-Pohja Hospital DistrictWhole of Finland
1st dose81.7%79.6%80.2%
2nd dose78.3%76.1%76.8%
3nd dose52.4%51.7%51.2%
Vaccination coverage for the whole population


Länsi-Pohja Hospital District

If you experience symptoms, stay at home, do the Omaolo test and arrange to have a coronavirus test, if necessary. Always take good care of hand hygiene and maintain safe distances. Download the Koronavilkku app. Avoid all unnecessary close contact with others.

(Information as of 30 March)
The coronavirus review for the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District is mainly published on Wednesdays. The hospital district will no longer publish the numbers of new infections, but in the future, the epidemic situation and its development will be monitored according to the strain put on hospitals.

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

Slow decline in COVID-19 infection numbers in Länsi-Pohja

The strain put on hospitals caused by the coronavirus has been falling over the past two weeks. At present, there are 18 COVID-19 patients receiving hospital treatment, of whom seven are in the Länsi-Pohja Central Hospital, and 11 patients in municipal health centre wards.

The number of COVID-19 tests taken in the area last week was approximately a thousand at public testing points, and proportion of positive results was approximately 45%. The virus peak was beaten in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District at the turn of February–March, and since then the infection rate has followed a slowly descending trend.

The staff situation in health care in the region remains tight, even though sick leave absences have already decreased.

The use of face mask for close contacts and gatherings in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District is still recommended in places where adequate safe distancing cannot be guaranteed.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has issued a recommendation for the fourth COVID-19 vaccination of people over the age of 80 and the senior citizens in residential care. More information about vaccinations can be found on the local municipalities’ websites.