Read latest updates about coronavirus on THL's webpage.

If you have a mild respiratory infection, seek a laboratory test

  • Anyone with the slightest symptoms of a coronavirus infection are adviced to seek a laboratory test. You can book an appointment online or by calling the health centers (you can find the numbers below). 
  • Avoid contact with other people. This is to prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a paper tissue when coughing or sneezing. Put the used paper tissue in the rubbish bin immediately.
  • If you don't have a paper tissue, cough or sneeze in your upper sleeve, not in your hands. 

Online appointment booking

If you ar not able to make an appointment online, call the health care centre to make an appoinment: 

Mon–Thu: 8:00–16:00
Fri: 8:00–15:00

 +358 (0)16 322 4600 / Urheilukatu Health Centre 
 +358 (0)16 322 4610 / Pulkamontie Health Centre
 +358 (0)16 322 4620 / Rinteenkulma Health Centre

Follow the instructions given to you on the phone. If you think you have been infected with the coronavirus, select corona.


Only contact emergency care in matters that require urgent attention

  • For the time being, health centres will not make appointments for non-urgent matters.
  • If they need to cancel appointments already made, they will inform you.
  • It is important for everyone to ensure that people in need of urgent care can be treated in emergency care.
  • We must not burden emergency care with other matters


 Wear a face mask in all public indoor settings

The City of Rovaniemi recommends wearing a face mask in all public indoor settings where safety distances cannot be maintained. In addition to public transport, it is recommended to wear a face mask in places such as shops, shopping centres, libraries, offices, theatres, museums and restaurants. The mask recommendation also applies to universities, upper secondary schools and vocational educational institutions. The strong recommendation applies to both staff and students. The mask recommendation for educational institutions is valid until 30 November.

The City of Rovaniemi provides free face masks to those with limited means. Students with limited means can obtain face masks from their educational institution. See distribution points in Rovaniemi.

The general face mask recommendations issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in August are also valid in Rovaniemi. In addition to the above, THL recommends wearing a face mask

  • On the way to the corona test centre and before the test result has been confirmed if you must leave your house for essential reasons. 
  • When a passenger arriving in Finland from a risk area goes from the point of entry to Finland to the place they will quarantine themselves or if they have an essential reason to leave their home during the quarantine period.

When meeting friends and relatives, those at risk and their guests are recommended to wear a face mask when safety distances cannot be maintained. 

Protect yourself and others from getting sick

WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

Wash your hands

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • when caring for the sick
  • before, during and after you prepare food
  • before eating
  • after toilet use
  • when hands are visibly dirty
  • after handling animals or animal waste

Wash your hands with soap and running water when your hands are visibly dirty. If your hands are not visibly dirty, fequently clean them by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Protect others from getting sick

  • when coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue
  • throw tissue into closed bin immediately after use
  • clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water after coughing or sneezing and when caring for the sick
  • avoid close contact when you are experiencing cough and fever
  • avoid spitting in public