Eksote: In the future, the situation review on corona virus will also be translated into English
The current stage of the epidemic in South Karelia is specified by the infectious disease authorities, together with the regional COVID-19 situation assessment workgroup. The South Karelian COVID-19 situation assessment workgroup includes representatives of the South Karelia Social and Health Care District, the municipalities, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the Regional State Administrative Agency, and the local ELY Centre. In addition to the number of and the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the stage of the epidemic depends e.g. on the traceability of infection chains and whether the virus was acquired within or from outside the region. The epidemic situation can change rapidly locally or regionally, even when the national situation is stable. The local COVID-19 situation assessment workgroup meets once a week, unless more frequent meetings are required.
Situation on 15 October 2020
The regional COVID-19 situation assessment workgroup of South Karelia stated at its meeting on 15 October 2020 that the epidemic is at the baseline level in South Karelia. The three stages of an epidemic are the baseline, acceleration, and spreading phases.
The situation assessment workgroup has decided to maintain in force the recommendations and restrictions issued on 8 October 2020. No new recommendations and restrictions were given this week. The previous recommendations have been translated and were published on our website on 19 October 2020.
The workgroup reminds the people living and moving within the region to maintain a safe distance from others, wash their hands with care and sufficiently often, and use a hand sanitiser where required. The mask recommendation is valid in the region in accordance with the baseline level. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has specified recommendations for each stage of the epidemic. In addition, it is recommended that face masks be used at events and public meetings organised in the Imatra and Lappeenranta regions at least until the end of 2020. The workgroup hopes that the residents will follow the instructions provided on the prevention of the coronavirus epidemic carefully in South Karelia.
The situation in the rest of Finland and the valid restrictions and recommendations of other hospital districts can be found on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website under Regional situation. The page can also be accessed through the link found on the Eksote website at www.eksote.fi/koronavirus
Additional information for the media:
Tuula Karhula, Chair of the situation assessment workgroup, Director of the Health and Elderly Services (Eksote), tel. +358 40 194 4936, email@example.com
Minna Helle, Communications Specialist (Eksote), tel. +358 40 146 3293, firstname.lastname@example.org