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It is important for those who are in quarantine or isolation to follow instructions to protect others from coronavirus infection.
With these instructions, the City of Rovaniemi states how to act in a quarantine or isolation situation. The rules are unambiguous, i.e. they must be strictly observed by the quarantined person. The person must also be continuously reachable.
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Quarantine and isolation are always stipulated by the doctor responsible for infectious diseases in the municipality or hospital district. If any health-related questions arise or there are changes in the state of your health during isolation or quarantine, please consult primarily the physician who attended to you as instructed.
Quarantine refers to restricting the freedom of movement of a healthy person. Some infectious diseases can be transmitted even before the onset of symptoms. Quarantine is used to prevent transmission from a potentially asymptomatic carrier to other persons.
Being placed in quarantine does not automatically mean that you have been infected. This is a precautionary measure to restrict your movement until it is known whether you have been infected by being exposed to the virus. This may result in a situation in your family where only one family member is quarantined. In that case, the rest of the family can live as normal.
The quarantine period is determined on a patient-specific basis. The quarantine period of an exposed patient is 2 weeks. The family members of the exposed person are not quarantined and can live as normal. The situation changes if the exposed, quarantined person is found to have fallen ill.
Quarantine can usually be carried out at home. However, special arrangements may need to be considered if people over the age of 60 or with underlying medical conditions reside in the home. The disease caused by coronavirus can be severe for the elderly and those suffering from long-term illnesses.
Isolation refers to isolating a patient with an infectious disease from healthy individuals. Isolation can be carried out at home or in hospital. This is done to avoid further infections.
If a coronavirus infection is confirmed, quarantine is legally changed into isolation. Isolation can be carried out either at home or in hospital according to the instructions of an infection specialist. A decision is made on isolation in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act (1227/2016). The exposed person can be perfectly healthy and the purpose of quarantine is to slow down the progression of the epidemic. The most important thing is that all people with flu symptoms stay at home at a low threshold.
The at-home isolation of a patient with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection will end after one symptom-free day, but no sooner than one week after the sample was taken. The decision to end isolation is made by a doctor. The patient must call the infectious diseases nurse at the health centre during office hours tel. +358 (0)16 322 2064. The nurse will pass the information on to an infection specialist or the doctor responsible for infectious diseases to obtain a permission to end isolation.
The Government has urged people over 70 years of age and travellers returning to Finland from abroad to stay in quarantine-like conditions. In quarantine-like conditions, close contact with other people should be avoided. Similarly, going outside the home must be avoided. If it is necessary to go to a shop, pharmacy or any place else, this must be done when few other people are about. Other people must be kept at a distance of two metres.
As of 30 March, Rovaniemen Kansalaistalo will start distributing products nearing their sell-by date that have been donated by shops free of charge to municipal residents over the age of 70. The food is delivered to the homes of recipients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The food distribution service is intended those senior citizens who cannot otherwise procure food for themselves.
You can always register for the next distribution date on Fridays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9–10 am by calling the Rovaniemen Neuvokas volunteering centre tel. +358 (0)400 244 610. The distribution service is carried out by volunteers within a radius of 10 kilometres from the Rovaniemi city centre.
Help with shopping can be enquired from the city’s transport services centre tel. +358 (0)16 322 6900 on weekdays between 7 am and 4 pm. Taxis take care of shopping for people over the age of 70 on request, but customers must themselves agree on payment arrangements with the shop. Home delivery of goods can be paid for with a transport service card.
Pharmacies are also offering services to facilitate transactions. You can arrange invoicing and possible home delivery of medicines with your pharmacy by calling your nearest pharmacy.
Contact details for pharmacies
If another person is going to, for example, a shop or a pharmacy on your behalf, ask them to read these instructions for helpers
- Ask the person you are helping to make a list of the things to be taken care of and to leave it, for example, on the stairs. Avoid contact with the individual belonging to a risk group.
- Do not run errands for another person if you are ill
- Always observe good hand hygiene. Hands should be washed before and after shopping. Most shops have a hand washing point, usually near the bottle return machines.
- Use your own bank card and, if possible, contactless payment instead of cash. It is a good idea for the person you are helping to use a bank transfer to pay you for the purchases.
- Keep an adequate distance of at least one metre to others when running errands.
- Avoid touching your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve whenever you cough or sneeze.
- If you wear gloves, they should be clean disposable gloves that must be thrown away once you leave the shop.
- Avoid contact with the individual belonging to a risk group when you deliver the food or other items you have purchased to him or her with receipts.