Information about the Coronavirus

At the beginning of the year, an epidemic caused by the new coronavirus COVID-19 began in China. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus epidemic a pandemic on 11 March 2020. The Finnish Government, together with the President of the Republic, have declared a state of emergency in Finland due to the coronavirus situation.

The Finish institute for health and welfare, THL, is monitoring and assessing the situation together with the European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Finland is preparing for a wider epidemic. The speed at which the epidemic develops will most likely vary across the country.

THL informs regarding news about the Coronavirus and gives guidelines and material based on new information:

THL: Coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest Updates

 
Also read:

News from Vaasa central hospital


Press release from the Finnish government:

State of emergency declared 16.3.2020


Yle, the Finnish public service broadcasting company:

YLE-news in English

 

What to do if a coronavirus infection is suspected?

If you suspect a coronavirus infection, please call the infection nurse in Kristinestad, tel. 050 477 8270 (weekdays 09-15) or the assessment for the need of treatment, tel. 06 2218 600 (opening hours below). Outside opening hours, please call the medical helpline tel. 116 117.

If a coronavirus infection in suspected, one should always first call. This way, the healthcare professionals can evaluate and assess the risk of an actual infection. If the symptoms and possible exposure indicate that you might have an infection, the healthcare professionals will contact Vaasa central hospital for further instructions. It is important to first call and wait for further instructions, because the patient cannot go inside the hospital's public spaces.

The telephone number to the nursing assessments in Kristinestad is 06 2218 600:

  • Mondays 08:00-20:00
  • Tuesdays-Thursdays 08:00-16:00
  • Fridays 08:00-20:00
  • Saturdays 09:00-20:00
  • Sundays and public holidays 09:00-16:00

Outide these opening hours, the medical helpline 116 117 serves you. 

In life threatening situations, call the emergency number 112.