Published 28.2. | updated 2.4. at 17:19

Information about Coronavirus


The best way to avoid a coronavirus infection, as well as any virus infection, is to practice regular hand washing and to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. If you have suspect having a coronavirus infection, please contact your local health services by phone.

The Finnish government has declared, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, a state of emergency in Finland over Coronavirus outbreak. The government’s measures from 16.3.2020 also affect the city’s services.

On this page, you can find updates and instructions on Coronavirus in English.

Information on Coronavirus in different languages


The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Instructions concerning Coronavirus in different languages

What to do if you suspect having an infection?


If you suffer from respiratory symptoms but are in a good condition, you should not contact your local health center or the emergency services even if you suspect having a coronavirus infection, but you should stay at home and follow the general guidelines for self-care of respiratory infections, for example here: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Contact your healthcare provider only if you experience severe symptoms such as shortness of breath or if your overall condition gets worse and feel that you are not able to function with self-care instructions.

Please contact your local health services by phone. You should not go to a health center so you would not expose others to a possible infection.

Find your local health center here (“Appointment Search”): www.kuopio.fi/en/kiireellinen-hoito-ja-paivystys

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

You will be advised to stay home and to wait for further instructions.

Everyone, who suspect having a coronavirus infection or the influenza, must stay at home for at least a week from the beginning of the symptoms. If the symptoms last longer than that, you must stay at home for the duration of the symptoms and an extra day after the symptoms have disappeared.

The city of Kuopio's Corona help line


You can call the city of Kuopio's Corona help line at 044 704 6700 if you suspect having a coronavirus infection or in other issues concerning the Coronavirus. The help line is open weekdays from 8am to 2pm.

Support for you and your family during the Coronavirus outbreak


The novel Coronavirus and the current situation raise many questions. In matters regarding support and psychosocial support for you or your family, you can contact the customer service of our social services at 044 718 3930.

The Kuopio shelter also provides support for those experiencing domestic violence or a threat thereof around the clock at 017 183 393.

Coronavirus and the city of Kuopio's services

Latest media releases on coronavirus
 

Hand washing is the most effective way to avoid an infection


The best way to avoid a coronavirus infection, as well as any virus infection, is to practice regular hand washing and to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Good hand hygiene is crucial for preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with plenty of water and washing liquid or soap, especially before eating.

Also remember to cover your mouth with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing. Immediately put the used handkerchief in the rubbish bin. If you don't have a handkerchief, cough or sneeze onto the upper part of the arm of your sweater, not into your hands.

More information on THL’s webpages: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/information-materials

Authoritative instructions and general information on Coronavirus outbreak


The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare monitors the situation regularly and updates the information on the spread of the virus and with instructions for preventing infection. More updates on the coronavirus on THL’s webpages:  https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates

Measures decided by the Government of Finland: https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/information-on-coronavirus

Information on travelling: the Ministry for Forreign Affairs in Finland

Avoid public places. Stay at home and keep a physical distance from others. This will slow down the spread of the coronavirus and protect vulnerable groups.