Published 28.2. | updated 16.6. at 16:25

Information about Coronavirus

The Government has determined that the COVID-19 epidemic can be managed using the regular powers of the authorities. The end of the state of emergency has entered into force on Tuesday 16 June.

However, the lifting of the state of emergency does not mean that the situation has passed or that there is no longer a risk of a resurgence in the epidemic. One must for example practice regular hand washing. Also various recommendations and guidelines, such as restrictions on gatherings and visits to care institutions and hospitals, will remain in force.

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?

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), in cooperation with the hospital districts, has updated the guidelines for coronavirus testing on 15.4. 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.

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

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.

Please contact your local health services by phone. You will be advised to stay home and to wait for further instructions. You should not go to a health center so you would not expose others to a possible infection.

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:

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:

Measures decided by the Government of Finland:

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.