Coronasivun kuvakaruselli

Coronavirus situation weekly update

The weekly reports are published in Finnish on Thursdays. The translated versions are published on the following Mondays/Tuesdays.

Coronavirus recommendations were updated in North Karelia

The coronavirus situation in North Karelia is still stable and vaccination coverage is increasing steadily. A total of 72 per cent of North Karelians over 12 years of age have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine. 83 per cent of over 12-year-olds have received the first dose.

A total of 32 new infections were diagnosed in week 39, while 25 cases were recorded in the previous week. There were 27 infections among North Karelians. This week, 10 infections were diagnosed by Thursday morning and a total of 64 people were in quarantine.

The majority of the infections were diagnosed in people under 30. The highest number of infections was found in those aged 20 to 29. In week 39, infections were diagnosed in Joensuu, Kontiolahti, Lieksa, Nurmes and Outokumpu. The origins of the infections could be traced in 85 per cent of the diagnosed cases. There were ten infections from abroad, and five infections were diagnosed in persons already in quarantine.

Especially unvaccinated people should still consider using a face mask

The North Karelia situational picture working group met on Thursday 7 October to assess the situation and consider recommended measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.

The working group updated the face mask recommendation in force in the area. Face masks are still recommended in indoor public spaces where there are many people close to each other. The mask recommendation for schools will be continued until the end of the autumn break; by then, younger age groups will have had an opportunity to get both doses. In addition, people with inadequate protection against coronavirus should consider using a mask in other situations as well.

– Only about half of people aged 20 to 30 have received both vaccines, and only a quarter of people aged 12 to 19. The coronavirus has not disappeared either, so protecting yourself is still the sensible thing to do, says Chief Physician Jukka Heikkinen, who chairs the situational picture working group.

The mask recommendations issued by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health are recommended as guidelines for workplaces. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment still requires masks in public transport organised by the Centre, and wearing masks is also encouraged for customers and patients at Siun sote service locations.

The recommendation for remote work remains valid in North Karelia in accordance with the Finnish national policy. The national recommendation for remote work will be ending on 15 October 2021.

The regional recommendations and restrictions in force in North Karelia are available on the Siun Sote website at

Coronavirus situation in North Karelia in week 39 (27 September – 3 October 2021)

The reporting section of the situational picture bulletin has been adjusted to better correspond to the indicators of the revised hybrid strategy. The section on taken and positive coronavirus samples has been excluded because testing practices have changed. New indicators in the report are the percentage of unvaccinated and vaccinated persons of everyone infected, as well as an estimate of the strain on hospitals and health centre hospitals caused by coronavirus in the Siun sote area.

  • The number of COVID-19 infections among residents of North Karelia: 27, change from previous week +3
  • 46% of infected were unvaccinated, 25% have received 1st dose, 17% have received both doses. Vaccination data was missing for 12%
  • Origin of infections known in 85 % of cases
  • 14-day incidence (20 September – 3 October 2021): 26.08, change +5.42
  • Strain on health care caused by coronavirus: moderate *

*Strain on health care indicates the percentage of available beds and resources used up by coronavirus patients at the Siun sote Central Hospital and health centre hospitals (scale: low / moderate / severe)

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