COVID-19

Information on COVID-19 (Corona virus) 

Situation in Kainuu (26.3.2021)

- Kainuu region is in basic level of corona epidemic.

  • Incidence 19,4 (confirmed cases per 100 000 inhabitants) 
  • Positive cases < 1 % of all tests

Situation in Finland (Update information provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)

How to - Ba­sic CO­VID-in­for­ma­tion in Kai­nuu

Kainuu Social and Health Care Joint Authority (Kainuun sote) is responsible for all health services in Kainuu Region. If you need ur­gent me­di­cal ca­re, please call our

  • Me­di­cal Help­li­ne tel: 116 117 or +358 8 6156 600 (land­li­ne). In an ur­gent or li­fe th­rea­te­ning emer­gen­cy, call the emer­gen­cy num­ber 112 ins­tead.

 

Get tes­ted in Kai­nuu

1. Wear a face mask

2. Call +358 40 165 0020 to book a test ap­point­ment (this number is only for booking COVID test; not a medical help line)

- if you can't connect you can also try to call 116 117 or +358 8 6156 600 

Test re­sult is in­for­med by text mes­sa­ge (SMS) - plea­se check your mo­bi­le num­ber when boo­king the test! Tes­ting is free of char­ge (in ar­ri­val test or acu­te ill­ness). 

3. Go to accommodation and stay!

- After the test go back to your accommodation, nowhere else. Wear a face mask!

- Wait until you get the result

 

Instructions for tested persons:

NB! Test result is informed by text message (SMS) - please check your mobile number when booking the test!

Testing is free of charge (in arrival test or acute illness) 

- If you need more information and material on COVID-19 please check our material page

 

 

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Summary of latest official instructions (Kainuu Social and Health Care Joint Authority)

26.3.

The epidemic is in basic level in Kainuu, although slightly increased. Incidence 19,4/ 100 000 inhabitants/14 days). In other areas of the country the epidemic is still alarming.

Instructions and restrictions are:

Regional State Administrative Agency in Northern Finland has ordered a restriction of 20 persons regarding all public events and gatherings held inside or outside. Strong recommendation concerns also all private and non-official events and gatherings. All non-obligatory meetings, parties or events should not be held, nor organised. 

  • Travelling across the Finnish border is not recommended at all. Entering or leaving the country is allowed for Finnish citizens at all times, though. COVID testing at the borders have been taken place.

1. Use of masks concerns also for teenagers from 12 years of age, when close contacts cannot be avoided.

2. Have outside or single sports instead of group hobbies.

3. Allow sport and group hobbies for under 12 years of age without limitations. For teenagers 12 - 17 years of age only for max 20 persons with avoiding the close contacts.

4. Note that municipalities and joint authorities are giving orders and restrictions concerning their public services. Please see further information on your local officials.

  • Restrictions are not applicable for private sector or businesses at this point. Yet, it is strongly recommended to apply voluntary actions parallel to public ones.  

5. Protect those in higher risk. Elderly and people with other illnesses should be visited only with safety measures.

10.3.

The epidemic is calm and steady in Kainuu. Incidence 4,2 / 100 000 inhabitants). In other areas of the country the epidemic is alarming, yet.

Instructions and restrictions are still valid, see further below (dated 13.1.)

5.3.

The epidemic situation is in basic level. Individual or group covid19 cases occur (incidence 8,3 / 100 000 inhabitants). In other areas of the country the epidemic is alarming, yet.

Instructions and restrictions are still valid, see further below (dated 13.1.)

10.2.

The epidemic situation is in basic level.  Individual or group covid19 cases occur (incidence 13,9/ 100 000 inhabitants). In other areas of the country the epidemic is alarming, yet.

Instructions and restrictions are still valid, see further below (dated 13.1.)

5.2.

Kainuu region is in accelaration phase of corona virus epidemic. Situation is steady, individual or group covid19 cases occur (incidence 18/ 100 000 inhabitants). In other areas of the country the epidemic is alarming, yet.

Regional State Administrative Agency in Northern Finland has ordered a restriction of 20 persons regarding all public events and gatherings held inside or outside. Strong recommendation concerns also all private and non-official events and gatherings. All non-obligatory meetings, parties or events should not be held, nor organised. The order is valid until the end of February.

  • Travelling across the Finnish border is not recommended at all. Entering or leaving the country is allowed for Finnish citizens at all times, though. COVID testing at the borders have been taken place

See further recommendations and restrictions below (dated 13.1.)

The vaccinations for corona virus for elderly people will start on 11th of Feb. The vaccinations for 18-70 years of age will follow later on spring time.   

25.1.

The Government has restricted the entry to Finland based on the epidemiological situation. As of 27th Jan (until Feb 25th) crossing the Finnish border is allowed only on essential grounds. e.g.

  • Essential travels for instance: Work that is significant for the functioning of society or supply security, the implementation of which requires the work performance of a person or persons coming from another country and the work cannot be delayed.
  • Special groups (such as representatives of culture, sports and business life)

Travellers outside EU/Schengen countries, such as from Russia, are assessed on a case-by-case basis if seeking entry for compulsory personal reasons (pressing family matters). 

The Finnish Border Guard does not grant advance permits for entry to Finland. In external border traffic and where internal border control has been reinstated, the decision to allow entry is always made during border checks. The employee seeking to enter Finland must present a clarification form at the border check.

Finnish citizens and their family members will continue to have the right to enter and leave the country.

See further information from Border Guard

19.1.2021

Vaccinations against coronavirus (COVID19) have started in January for front line medical staff. The mass vaccinations for public will be started during springtime according to latest information.

The vaccination order is stated by the Government Act (22.12.2020) and it will start by vaccinating medical staff (diagnosing and treating corona patients as well as other critical medical staff). The next large groups are staff and residents/patients of elderly homes and care units followed by citizens over 80 years of age. After older generations the next will be those in higher risk of severe covid disease.

The earliest schedule for starting the vaccinations for the elderly is by the mid-February.  

The citizens are kindly asked to follow the official information on the vaccinations. The vaccination is provided for all adults, but the order is as mentioned and cannot be given earlier for any reasons.  

13.1.2021

Kainuu region is in accelaration phase of corona virus epidemic. Incidence has risen rapidly during last week (39 / 100 000 inhabitants). In addition, the situation in other areas in Finland is alarming, still.

Regional State Administrative Agency in Northern Finland has ordered a restriction of 20 persons regarding all public events and gatherings held inside or outside. Strong recommendation concerns also all private and non-official events and gatherings. All non-obligatory meetings, parties or events should not be held, nor organised. 

  • Travelling across the Finnish border is not recommended at all. Entering or leaving the country is allowed for Finnish citizens at all times, though. COVID testing at the borders have been taken place.

1. Use of masks concerns also for teenagers from 12 years of age, when close contacts cannot be avoided.

2. Have outside or single sports instead of group hobbies.

3. Allow sport and group hobbies for under 12 years of age without limitations. For teenagers 12 - 17 years of age only for max 20 persons with avoiding the close contacts.

4. Note that municipalities and joint authorities are giving orders and restrictions concerning their public services. Please see further information on your local officials.

  • Restrictions are not applicable for private sector or businesses at this point. Yet, it is strongly recommended to apply voluntary actions parallel to public ones.  

5. Protect those in higher risk. Elderly and people with other illnesses should be visited only with safety measures.

 

18.12.2020:

The epidemic in Kainuu region is on basic level. Yet, Regional State Administrative Agency in Northern Finland has ordered a restriction of 20 persons reagrding all public events and gatherings held inside or outside. The order is valid 19th Dec – 18th of Jan and is mandatory for organised and public events.

Strong recommendation concerns also all private and non-official events and gatherings. All non-obligatory meetings, parties or events should not be held, nor organised. If necessary to meet, only 10 people with safety distances or face masks are recommended.

The government has further tightened restrictions on the opening hours and customer capacity limits of bars and restaurants across Finland.

 

8.12.2020:

The epidemic in Kainuu region is back on basic level. Yet, the restrictions and guidelines remains valid (see below)  

 

1.12.2020:

Restriction of 10 persons in public events and gatherings

Kainuu region is in accelaration phase of corona virus epidemic. Incidence has risen rapidly during last two weeks (26,4 / 100 000 inhabitants by 1st of Dec). In addition, the situation in other areas in Finland is getting worse, too.

Regional State Administrative Agency in Northern Finland has ordered a restriction of 10 persons reagrding all public events and gatherings held inside or outside. The order is valid 2nd – 18th of December and is mandatory for organised and public events as:

  • Concerts, movies, theaters or shows
  • Christmas parades, markets, fairs, festivals or public fireworks
  • Sport events, tournaments and games if audience is present
  • Conferences, seminars and public lectures, official meetings of companies or associations (such as agm’s)

Strong recommendation concerns also all private and non-official events and gatherings. All non-obligatory meetings, parties or events should not be held, nor organised. If necessary to meet, only 10 people with safety distances or face masks are recommended.

In addition it is recommended to

1. Avoid all travelling. Emp­lo­yers are re­com­men­ded to or­ga­ni­se re­mo­te work If ne­ces­sa­ry to tra­vel, use fa­ce mask on pub­lic trans­por­ta­tion.

  • Travelling across the Finnish border is not recommended at all. Entering or leaving the country is allowed for Finnish citizens at all times, though. More actions – such as COVID testing - related to border control protocol is likely to be taken place.

2. Have outside or single sports instead of group hobbies.

3. Allow sport and group hobbies for under 12 years of age only. For teenagers these should be considered thoroughly, if at all. Adult participation related to these should be minimised. In all cases must follow instructions of avoiding the close contacts.

4. Note that municipalities and joint authorities are giving orders and restrictions concerning their public services. Please see further information on your local officials.

  • Restrictions are not applicable for private sector or businesses at this point. Yet, it is strongly recommended to apply voluntary actions parallel to public ones.  

5. Protect those in higher risk. Elderly and people with other illnesses should be visited only with safety measures.

Help us to decline the COVID-19 epidemic!

According the current information the epidemic will last at least for several months. The objective is to keep the situation back to basic level.  

Christmas time is very significant tradition especially for Finnish people. Precautions and actions help us all to have as normal Season as possible.

Support your local especially this year! Help the local economy by purchasing christmas gifts, restaurant take aways or catering near you.

27.11.2020: 

Kainuu is declared to be in acceleration phase of corona virus epidemic. The official instructions will be tightened:

Use face mask or face shield (visor)

  • In public spaces and events where close contacts cannot always be avoided.

  • When working in close contacts (hair dressers, health services etc)

  • On public transport where close contacts cannot always be avoided.

  • In secondary schools (including general upper secondary schools) and higher education institutions.

  • When travelling to/from COVID19 test. Stay home awaiting the test results!

  • When arriving in Finland from a high-risk area while travelling to the place of quarantine

Strong recommendation of max 10 persons indoor meetings or gatherings. If safety distance of 2 metres cannot held, use face masks.

Employers are recommended to organize remote work. If working remotely is not possible, employers are recommended to instruct employees to wear face masks if safe distances are impossible. Workplaces should divide lunch and coffee breaks.

Parties or festivities should organise only with closest family members.

Avoid travelling. If necessary to travel, use face mask on public transportation.

Follow the instructions and restrictions on churchs or other religious facilities / events

Avoid visiting the care units or elderly home, if visit is necessary, use face mask.

Sports and others leisure activities will mainly stay open, but must follow keeping the safety distances.

  • priority is given to childrens hobbies and activities - parents and adults should avoid joining the group activities 

Examples of public spaces and events where mask use is recommended.

  • Shops and shopping malls, post offices, banks, libraries and similar indoor spaces

  • Facilities for physical activities, public saunas, swimming pools exercise and sports venues and audience areas (at least in the public areas and dressing rooms)

  • Churches and other religious community spaces

  • Museums, cinemas, theatres, concert halls and other performance venues

  • In facilities for organising meetings or other similar events