On this page you will find updated information on the coronavirus and the epidemic from the perspective of the Wellbeing services county of Southwest Finland.
Situation in Southwest Finland
Updated 24 January 2023
The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland stopped its activities. Three disease epidemics are still ongoing, but their prevalence has subsided.
The incidence of the coronavirus in Southwest Finland has dropped significantly. The most recent 14-day incidence per 100,000 people is 32.
Influenza and RS virus epidemics are also subsiding. The peak of the influenza A epidemic was reached at the turn of the year and the peak of the RS virus epidemic at the epiphany. Influenza B findings have been rare so far.
On Tuesday 24 January 2023, the regional corona prevention group met for the last time for now.
The Hospital District delivers the majority of vaccines upon arrival to the municipalities in southwest Finland, which are responsible for performing the vaccinations. In southwest Finland, the number of vaccine doses distributed to the municipalities according to nationally defined criteria.
Vaccinations are given in accordance with the Government decree and THL's draft vaccination schedule. The data of the vaccinations given are reported compiledly in the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) vaccination register, which also shows the progress of vaccinations in Southwest Finland.
Recommendations for Southwest Finland
Recommendations according to the spread phase are in use in Southwest Finland. All recommendations are valid in all of Southwest Finland for the time being, unless otherwise noted.
- The extensive recommendation for working remotely has ended nationwide and was also dismantled in Southwest Finland as of 1 March 2022.
- Workplaces are encouraged to use workplace-specific hybrid models to maintain work communities' own capacity.
The recommendation for face masks was eased on 26.1.2023:
Patients, clients and visitors are not required to wear face masks when moving around the hospital premises. For persons at risk, persons with flu symptoms and patients who know that they have been exposed to coronavirus infection (in the last week), the use of face masks is recommended when visiting the hospital, e.g. in outpatient clinics or for examinations. People visiting hospital wards are advised to wear face masks during their visit.
A person with symptoms suggestive of a coronavirus infection should not go to any social or health care facility, even if he or she has already received two or three doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
- Social work units
- It is important to pay special attention to safe visiting practices, regardless of the vaccination status of the residents, staff and visitors.
- Wards in health centres
- It is important to pay special attention to safe visiting practices, regardless of the vaccination status of patients, staff and visitors.
- See also visiting Tyks hospitals during the coronavirus epidemic.
In the academic year 2022–2023, early childhood education, preschool education, primary school, upper secondary schools, vocational education, higher education, liberal adult education and basic education in arts will be organized in accordance with the legislation under normal conditions. The temporary legal changes enacted for the academic years 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 due to the coronavirus situation are no longer valid.
Adequate distance must be taken into account when using public and private customer and business premises. The municipalities can use the possibility of the Communicable Diseases Act to decide on the occupancy rate of public spaces in their area.
Indoors, close contact must be avoided. The instructions of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare on the organization of public events should be followed.
When organizing private events, attention should be paid to health-safe practices, such as good hand hygiene and adequate safety distances.
Children and young people (born 2003 and later)
Group hobbies for children and young people are allowed.
Group hobbies can be continued, taking into account in particular health-safe practices such as hand hygiene and adequate safety distances.
Adults group hobby activities are allowed.
Corona-safe practices in gyms and exercise facilities must be ensured in all sports activities. These measures include hand hygiene, safety distances and the avoidance of unnecessary stays in exercise facilities and changing rooms.
In the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, we go by the Finnish institute for health and welfare's (THL) directions about the corona vaccine. According to the directions, the following persons are now being given the booster dose of the corona vaccine:
- persons aged 12 or over with a severely weakened immune defence
- persons aged 65 or over
- persons aged 18-64 in at-risk groups.
Coronavirus tests etc.
The result of the coronavirus test is usually reported from the Tyks laboratory within 1-2 days of sampling. Samples are analyzed every day of the week. The completion of samples taken outside Turku is also affected by transport schedules.
As a rule, the answer comes by text message from the party from whom the referral for sampling was received. The test result is also reported in the Omakanta service. If the response is delayed by more than two days, it is advisable to contact the party from whom the referral was made.
- See also children and coronavirus (THL).
- The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) follows the epidemic closely and posts updated information on these pages:
The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland
The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland ceased operations on 24.1.2023.