The virus can be transmitted in close contact from person to person through droplet transmission during coughing and sneezing, and by contact from surfaces via hands. In general, avoid close contact with other people, as most sufferers are either completely asymptomatic or mild.
Maintain good hand hygiene. Don´t touch the eyes, nose or mouth. Use an alcoholic hand sanitiser.
Keep an amount of flu medication at home. Cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue and immediately place it in a bin. If you don´t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
When arriving from abroad, arrange an absence (14 days recommended) with your work, school or daycare centre.
Older people and those with underlying conditions are particularly susceptible to coronavirus. Seasonal influenza is also circulating in Finland at present, with symptoms very similar to those of coronavirus infection.
For general advice on coronavirus, consult the national coronavirus hotline on 0295 535 535.
Stay home if you have a runny or stuffy nose
If you have mild symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, body aches and pains or fever, rest and stay at home. As per THL’s advice: Stay at home until symptoms are over.
Don´t go to work or school when sick or take sick children to daycare centres or grandparents.
Call your healthcare provider if you have serious symptoms
If you have severe respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath or feeling under the weather, CALL your local health centre Mon -Thurs 8 am – 4 pm and Fri 8 am – 2:15 pm to seek advice. You can get further instructions by phone from the health centre. Don´t come to the health centre to infect others.
Gerby Health Centre, tel. 06 325 1711
Kirkkopuistikko Health Centre, tel. 06 325 1666
Ristinummi Health Centre, tel. 06 325 1691
Tammikaivo Health Centre, tel. 06 325 1703 or 06 325 1770
Vähäkyrö Health Centre, tel. 06 325 8500
Other times you can call the national emergency number 116 117. NOTE! This number is for people with severe symptoms only.
Treatment of coronavirus infections
The testing of patients showing mild symptoms and those returning from travel should only be taken at the discretion of the doctor. Asymptomatic cases are not tested.
Infections are diagnosed at Vaasa Central Hospital, which decides on the patient’s place of treatment. The infected person is placed in home quarantine unless they need hospital treatment. People in close contact with the infected person are also placed in home quarantine for two weeks. This prevents the virus from spreading. Home quarantine is decided by the doctors of the Vaasa Hospital District.
The guardian of a child under the age of 16 who is assigned to home quarantine stays at home to care for the child. A sickness allowance is given for periods of quarantine due to infectious disease. More information can be found on Kela’s website.
During the home quarantine you must stay at home. You cannot go shopping or go out for hobbies etc.
Information on educational activity is given through Wilma
The education sector will monitor the situation and the advice given by the health authorities. In schools and early childhood education centres, preventive activities, such as careful hand washing and hygiene have been encouraged.
The guardians of schoolchildren and early childhood children will be informed on developments through Wilma and vaasa.fi.
Monitor coronavirus updates
Residents are also advised to follow the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) bulletins and follow THL guidelines. Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website.
Social and health services
18.5.2020: Non-urgent dental care begins on 1 June 2020
11.5.2020: Social welfare and healthcare services reintroducing certain activities
6.4.2020: The city will start calling senior citizens on Monday 6 April
11.4.2020: Healthcare services at Easter 10 April -13 April, 2020
31.3.2020: City of Vaasa opens mental health crisis helpline on 1 April
24.3.2020: Social services opens a chat service for children and families
20.3.2020: Corona info and symptom assessment on the city’s website
18.3.2020: Changes in the activities of health stations, clinics, school health care and dental care
18.3.2020: Changes at Vaasa health centres due to coronavirus
Early childhood education, schools and institutes
8.5.2020 Return to face-to-face classroom teaching in basic education on 14 May: It is safe to come to school
8.5.2020 Early childhood education returns to normal on 14 May: we ensure that early childhood education is safe
31.3.2020: Vaasa begins distributing school meals to distance learning pupils
26.3.2020: Morning and afternoon activity fee concessions
24..3.2020: Almost 98% of Vaasa’s students in basic comprehensive education participate in distance learning
Sport services and hobby activities
29.5.2020: Swimming Hall opens on 1 June: no restrictions on the number of visitors
18.5.2020: Outdoor sports facilities are open, indoor sports facilities and indoor swimming hall will open 1 June
2.4.2020 Indoor swimming pool and indoor sports facilities closed until 31 May
24.3.2020: Avoid congested outdoor activity sites
Libraries, culture and events
2.6.2020: How to use the libraries safely during the summer
18.5.2020: The libraries in Vaasa will open in stages and switch to summer opening hours
15.5.2020: Vaasa’s Night of the Arts on 6 August will focus on virtual content this year
13.5.2020: City of Vaasa museums will open for the summer from 2 June
5.5.2020: Lending operations at Vaasa’s libraries can start again soon
6.4.2020: The museums’ summer exhibitions will be postponed until next year
31.3.2020: Schools, libraries, sports facilities and museums closed until 13 May
30.3.2020: Cultural tips for extraordinary times
23.3.2020: Vaasa Choir Festival will not be held this spring
13.3.2020: Spring public events organized by the City of Vaasa cancelled due to coronavirus
Information and advisory services
Coronavirus instructions in Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Estonian, French, Kinyarwanda, Persian, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Tigrinja and Vietnam.