COVID-19 en, sivun pääkuva
Information about the coronavirus
COVID-19 – Information on the coronavirus
The coronavirus spreads primarily through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can also be transmitted by touching contaminated surfaces.
The virus has spread across the world. As we have seen in many other countries, the Government in Finland has also issued measures to control the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
In order to contain the epidemic, the City of Joensuu follows the Government’s policies as well as the instructions given by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and Siun sote, which is the party responsible for healthcare services in North Karelia.
Do you believe you might have the coronavirus?
According to current information, the symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus include high fever, cough and shortness of breath. The disease is also associated with muscle pain, fatigue, flu, nausea and diarrhoea.
If you believe you might have the coronavirus, you should start by completing the Omaolo symptom check-up online (available in Finnish and English).
If you meet certain criteria, the Omaolo service will instruct you to call the emergency helpline on 116 117. Healthcare professionals will evaluate your situation and give you further instructions.
If you cannot access the online service, call the emergency helpline on 116 117 or contact your health centre.
Always call in advance before visiting a health centre or emergency clinic! During the coronavirus epidemic, the treatment of patients with infectious diseases is performed at designated health centres. Patients with infectious diseases in the Joensuu region are treated at the Siilainen health centre and patients in the Eno region are treated in Kontiolahti. You will be provided with instructions on the phone.
The latest guidelines can be found online at www.siunsote.fi/corona/en.
Do not leave your underlying conditions unattended
Siun sote is well prepared for the coronavirus epidemic and it is safe to access the health centres and other services of Siun sote. Services and appointments are available and an increasing number of services can be provided on the phone or as a remote appointment. Non-urgent services for people who belong in high-risk groups can also be arranged.
You should not leave your underlying conditions or other issues and problems unattended because of the coronavirus. If you have any questions, please contact the healthcare service provider or social services.
Express your concern
If you feel worried about the health, care or safety of someone, you can submit a report. Everyone can submit a report, which is designed for non-urgent matters only. Based on your report, social service professionals will assess the need for support and determine what type of help can be provided to the person or family.
Reports can be submitted online on the Miunpalvelut.fi website. You can also call social services (tel. +358 (0)13 330 2810) or Senior Consultation Service Ankkuri.
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Services of the City are being reopened
The majority of areas and services provided by the City of Joensuu have been closed due to national restrictions caused by the coronavirus. Some services, such as basic education and daycare centres, returned to a nearly normal routine already in May. We have been able to gradually make more services available in early June.
Continuing any services is performed according to the guidelines issued by various authorities and by guaranteeing the safety of the services. We also provide the people of the city and customers of these services with general safety instructions. By following these instructions, all of us can contribute to preventing the coronavirus from spreading.
Public events and meetings of fewer than 50 people are also allowed. If the arrangements of an event or a meeting comply with the guidelines provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Education and Culture, the maximum number of people attending can be up to 500.
COVID-19 – Safety guidelines
Looking after each other – Keep these safety guidelines in mind when accessing our services
The services provided by the City of Joensuu will be gradually re-opened from 1 June onwards. Although the pandemic has been relatively calm in the Joensuu region and North Karelia, we must continue to follow the instructions and restrictions provided and issued in order to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.
Please remember to pay attention to the already familiar instructions: wash your hands, keep a safe distance from others, cover your mouth when you cough and stay home if you feel ill.
Certain services may have specific guidelines in addition to these general instructions.
Reserve enough time
Some services might have exceptional business hours. The number of customers served might be limited in order to ensure safety. Reserve enough time and follow the guidelines provided.
Stay home if you are not healthy
If you have any symptoms that indicate that you might be ill, you should stay home. The symptoms of a coronavirus infection include cough, sore throat, high fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, stomach issues and headache.
Keep a safe distance
Maintain a distance of 1–2 metres between others.
Wash your hands and use a hand sanitiser
Wash your hands carefully with plenty of water and soap always before eating or cooking, when you enter a building, after going to the toilet and after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose. Use hand sanitiser if it is not possible to wash your hands.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if you have not washed your hands immediately before this.
Cough into a handkerchief or your sleeve
If you need to cough or sneeze, place a disposable handkerchief in front of your mouth and put it in a bin immediately after using it. If you do not have any handkerchiefs, cover your mouth with your elbow. Remember to wash your hands afterwards.
Use special discretion if you belong to a high-risk group
If you belong to a high-risk group, you should continue avoiding personal contacts, public events and spending time in public spaces. The decision is up to you: all of us need to consider what is wise in terms of our health.
People who belong to high-risk groups should pay particularly close attention to these safety guidelines.
Important telephone numbers
Emergency helpline 116 117 (open 24/7)
Medical helplines in Joensuu health centres
(8 am–4 pm on business days)
Kiihtelysvaara 013 330 2215
(Mon–Thu 8 am to 4 pm, Fri 8 am to 3 pm)
Senior Consultation Service Ankkuri
+358 (0)13 330 2890 (Mon–Fri 8 am–4 pm)
The Senior Consultation Service Ankkuri phone service helps senior citizens in various everyday problems, such as matters related to emergency call services and meal services. If you have any questions related to health, do not contact the Ankkuri phone service.
National coronavirus hotline 0295 535 535 (Mon–Fri 8 am to 9 pm, Sat 9 am to 3 pm).
The hotline provides service primarily in Finnish, but it will, wherever possible, also provide advice in Swedish and English.
Counselling and support
You are not alone. Talk with a friend or family member. If you feel that you need to talk with a professional, you can call:
Social services emergency number
013 330 9002 (open 24/7)
Enhanced outpatient care for adult psychiatry
013 330 2132 (8 am to 9 pm).
The national crisis helpline also provides counselling:
09 2525 0113 in Arabic and English
(Mon–Tue 11 am to 3 pm, Wed 1–4 pm and 5–9 pm, Thu 10 am to 3 pm)
Counselling in everyday problems
Adult social services provide support, counselling and information in various everyday problems and when you need support in the case of an acute crisis or financial, substance abuse or mental health problems.
013 330 2810
(Mon–Thu 9 am–4 pm, Fri 9 am–3 pm)
www.siunsote.fi/aikuissosiaalityon-palvelut (Mon–Fri 1 pm–3 pm)
The epidemic has a major impact on the city’s services and residents’ daily life. For more information about the city’s services during the coronavirus outbreak:
- Send a WhatsApp message to 050 67 281
- Send your questions by email to email@example.com
- You can also send your questions by using the online form at www.joensuu.fi/kysy-koronasta (the form is only available in Finnish)
Please note! We only give out advice regarding the services of the City of Joensuu. For health-related guidance, please contact Siun sote, which is responsible for healthcare in North Karelia.