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Coronavirus infection detected on 23 July at Ruukinkartano - 3rd of August back to normal activity

Published: 27.7.2021

Updated: 3.8.2021

On 23 July, it was announced that there has been a case of coronavirus infection at the Ruukinkartano service home for seniors. A total of 19 people were exposed to the virus, of which 11 are staff members and 8 are residents. Visitors are currently banned from visiting Ruukinkartano until 3 August 2021, provided that no further infections are detected.

Updated situation on 3rd of August:

– No further infections were detected so we started normal activity today on 3rd of August. Also visitors can come as earlier before a case of coronavirus infection, says Markus Råback, chief physician of home and institutional care.

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Most of those exposed have been traced. In total, 11 workers have been quarantined and 8 residents have been placed in isolation, meaning that they are being cared for in their own rooms.

– At present, no symptoms consistent with a coronavirus infection have been identified in those exposed, but they are being closely monitored. If symptoms occur, we test them immediately, says Markus Råback, chief physician of home and institutional care.

Ruukinkartano has several small homes and the staff also work and move in other small homes in the unit, therefore a ban on visitors has been imposed on Ruukinkartano in its entirety until 3 August 2021, if no further infections are detected.

Replacement staff have been assigned to the unit, so operations and services will continue as normal.

Alternative short-term care solutions are being arranged

At present, new customers cannot be admitted to Ruukinkartano for short-term care. The situation will be reviewed in the week beginning 2 August 2021.

– Relatives of those coming for care are currently being contacted. The aim is to arrange care for short-term customers in other units of the city, if care cannot be arranged by other means at the customer’s home, for example with the help of relatives and home care, explains Råback.

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