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Testing for the coronavirus to increase

Published 17.4.2020

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), in cooperation with the hospital districts, has updated the guidelines for coronavirus testing on 15.4. All patients of primary health care as well as specialized health care presenting symptoms of the novel coronavirus or whom the doctor suspects of having caught an infection should be referred for testing.

In addition, employees of social welfare and health services and employees working in critical sectors will be referred for testing if they are suspected of having a coronavirus infection. Testing of the general population presenting no symptoms is not necessary.

The new guidelines state, that if you are presenting respiratory symptoms, testing for the coronavirus is recommended even if you could manage with home care. The test may not be positive on the first day so if your overall condition allows, stay home in quarantine-like conditions and seek for testing two days after presenting the first symptoms.

Please always contact your local health services by phone before doing anything. Do not seek treatment before doing so in order not to expose others to a possible infection.

During office hours contact your local health center by phone (“Appointment Search”):

Outside office hours, contact the emergency Puijo Hospital (Kuopio University Hospital) by phone at 116 117.  The emergency services are located in the premises of the Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) at Puijonlaaksontie 2.

According to the strategy of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the goal of the increased testing is to:  

  • prevent the epidemic from spreading, protect the risk groups and ensure the sufficiency of critical personnel and the carrying capacity of health services
  • track the chains of transmissions effectively
  • build an accurate picture of the spread of the epidemic in order to assess the necessity, validity and length of the restrictions.

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