Weekly overview of the coronavirus situation
Coronavirus situation weekly update
The weekly reports are published in Finnish on Thursdays. The translated versions are published on the following Mondays/Tuesdays.
Week 28: Number of COVID-19 infections rising sharply – following instructions would prevent most cases
Cases of COVID-19 infection in North Karelia have continued to grow for several weeks. The number of infections especially reflects the increase in travel both across national borders and within Finland. Infections have also spread within families, among friends, at festivals, and at other types of encounters. Coronavirus infections have been increasing in recent weeks especially among young adults.
The North Karelia situational picture working group met on 15 July 2021 to evaluate the coronavirus situation and the adequacy of recommendations. Recommendations in the area are being left unchanged, but the working group emphasises the responsibility of each person in North Karelia in preventing the spread of infections:
“Many cases and quarantines could have been averted by using face masks, keeping safe distances, and by practising hand hygiene. In addition, organisers of public events have a great responsibility for the safety of the events”, notes Sirpa Kaipainen of Siun sote, who serves as the chair of the North Karealia situational picture working group.
“The epidemic situation is no longer calm, and the vaccines will not adequately protect the population until the autumn. Summer activities and the taking of vaccines determines what kind of situation will prevail when we return to schools and work.
The coronavirus vaccination effort in North Karelia has proceeded well. About 66 % of the population of the area have received their first dose of the vaccine, which is the fourth-highest percentage in all of Finland. Booster vaccinations are under way and about a quarter of all North Karelians have received their second doses.
“North Karelians have been taking their vaccinations well and vaccine coverage is already excellent in the oldest age groups. Even in younger age groups vaccine coverage is rising at a good pace”, Kaipainen says.
It is important for those who have been given the vaccine to continue to follow safety instructions, because someone who has received the vaccine can still become ill and infect others.
“We also have people here among those who have caught the disease who have actually been vaccinated twice. The vaccine appears to give good protection against very serious forms of the disease, but people must take responsibility not to pass the disease further”, Kaipainen says.
In week 27, 38 new infections were diagnosed in North Karelia, while 28 cases were recorded in the previous week. The number of infections diagnosed among North Karelians was 31, and seven of the infections were recorded in other hospital districts in accordance with the home municipality or municipality of residence of the people in question. Cases were found in Joensuu, Kitee, Kontiolahti, Lieksa, Outokumpu, Rääkkylä, and Tohmajärvi. Seven of the infections originated from abroad, and six were further infections resulting from infections obtained abroad. Twenty infections were detected among persons already in quarantine. The origins of all the infections were successfully traced.
By Thursday morning in week 28, 20 infections had been diagnosed, of which eight were among North Karelians and 12 were in the areas of other hospital districts. Nearly 200 people are in quarantine because of exposure to the coronavirus. Locations of possible exposure are revealed almost daily, and they have been compiled on the Siun Sote website https://www.siunsote.fi/koronaviruksen-altistumispaikat.
Coronavirus situation in North Karelia in week 27 (5 July – 11 July 2021)
The numbers include all confirmed coronavirus cases in North Karelia and among residents of North Karelia. The numbers might differ from those in the THL Finnish National Infectious Diseases Register, where the information is entered according to the area where the person is registered as a resident.
Number of COVID-19 infections: 38, change from previous week +10
Origin of infections known in 100 % of cases
7-day incidence (5 July–11 July 2021): 19.16, change +3,82
14-day incidence (28 June–11 July 2021): 34.496, change +1,63
Coronavirus samples: 2480, change -240
Percentage of positive coronavirus samples: 1.83 %
The national criteria for assessing the level of the epidemic situation can be found on the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health's website:
The regional situational picture working group for the coronavirus epidemic will meet less frequently in June and July provided that the epidemic situation remains calm. The group met on 3 and 17 June and is due to meet next on 29 July.
See also Latest coronavirus update and instructions for clients in Siun sote area:
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