The situation within the South Karelia Social and Health Care District (Eksote)


COVID-19 vaccination is offered to all persons aged 16 or older who are willing to take the vaccine. Because the number of available vaccines is limited in the beginning, they are first offered to people with a higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease or being exposed to the virus at work, for example. ​More information:​

Coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest Updates​ (THL)

The valid recommendations in South Karelia
How to act if you suspect to have Covid 19 –virus?​
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 infection​

  • The coronavirus situation is very alarming in South Karelia. The regional preparedness level has weakened.”
  • The regional COVID-19 situation assessment workgroup of South Karelia stated at its meeting on 13 April 2021 that the epidemic is in the spreading phase in South Karelia. The three stages of an epidemic are the baseline, acceleration, and spreading phases.

  • The restriction issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency, based on which gatherings must be limited to 6 people and which is applied to all indoor and outdoor events, including leisure time activities, is still valid. The regional situation assessment workgroup previously issued a restriction that limits private gatherings to 6 people.
  • The situation assessm​ent workgroup hopes that the residents will follow the instructions provided on the prevention of the coronavirus epidemic carefully in South Karelia. ​​
  • Instructions for persons who have been ordered to quarantine or isolate in their own home (290121)​.pdf

  • At the moment, face masks are not very widely used in the region. However, attention must be paid to their use, especially when moving in shops and shopping centres, in connection to indoor activities and other leisure time activities, on public transport, and at private celebrations (e.g. weddings, large birthday gatherings, and graduations).
  • Putting on a mask​ (Turku)​
  • See below for more information on the baseline level mask recommendation.
  • Situation elsewhere in Finland: THL / Alueiden tilanne: rajoitukset ja suositukset 
  • Voluntary quarantine is not a punishment

    The workgroup stresses the importance of voluntary quarantine when travelling abroad. At the present time, travelling abroad is not recommended. In THL's traffic light model, e.g. Russia is in the grey category. Persons who travel in a country that is red or grey in the traffic light model must stay in voluntary quarantine for 14 days every time they return to Finland. Voluntary quarantine is not a punishment for crossing the border, but a measure that aims to protect the population against the spread of the coronavirus disease.

    – In Finland, voluntary quarantine is not supervised, but everyone must do their share to fight the pandemic, says the Chair of the workgroup Tuula Karhula.

    In voluntary quarantine, you should stay at home and not go e.g. to your workplace, school, or other place of study. This protects others from infection.

    It is recommended that children who are in voluntary quarantine do not participate in early childhood education. School-aged children and young people should also stay at home. Any special arrangements must be agreed upon with the education organiser. The practices to be followed at work for 14 days following the return of an employee to Finland must be agreed upon with the employer.

    Voluntary quarantine can be shortened if the person receives two negative COVID-19 test results. Please visit the THL website for further information: