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If you have symptoms suggestive of the coronavirus, avoid contact outside your household and take a coronavirus home test. See below for instructions on who will take the official test in the future.

If your symptoms are severe, call 116 117 for urgent advice.

More information and instructions on the THL website.

A coronavirus infection can be asymptomatic or cause a variety of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. The symptoms and their severity are individual and may change as the disease progresses.

The following symptoms may indicate an infection:

  • fever
  • cough
  • headache
  • sore throat, irritated throat
  • muscle aches
  • runny nose and congestion
  • changes in the sense of smell and taste
  • shortness of breath
  • weakness, fatigue
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea, vomiting

Do this:

  • If you have symptoms suggestive of the coronavirus, avoid contact outside your household and take a coronavirus home test. See below for instructions on who will take the official test.
  • You can perform a coronavirus symptom assessment online at omaolo.fi.
  • If necessary, contact the Customer Service Centre by calling 06 218 9000. The Customer Service Centre is open on weekdays from 08:00-16:00.
  • If the Customer Service Centre is closed and you need urgent advice, call the Medical Helpline number 116 117.
  • In the event of an emergency, call the emergency number 112.

Coronavirus testing

In the future, the official coronavirus test will only be taken in certain circumstances. In other situations, a home coronavirus test is the primary means of testing.

In the future, a formal health test will be taken in the following cases:

  • The test has been recommended by a healthcare professional.
  • You are employed in client and patient work within social welfare and healthcare.
  • You are employed in any position in round-the-clock care or disability services.
  • You are in a risk group predisposing to severe coronavirus disease. You do not need to take an official test if you only have mild symptoms.
  • You are pregnant.

You should stay at home while waiting for the test result.

Only an official test and any subsequent isolation and quarantine decisions entitle you to an infectious disease allowance.

Obtaining an official coronavirus test result

The coronavirus test result is usually ready in about 1-2 days. However, it may take longer to get an answer during times of disruption and congestion.

Negative test result

A negative test result indicates that no coronavirus infection has been detected. A negative test result is reported via SMS and is also available in My Kanta. It is recommended that people with the flu stay at home until they feel well.

Positive test result

A positive test result means that the test subject has been diagnosed with a coronavirus infection.

A text message will be sent to a person who has received a positive test result. If you have received a positive text result, you should automatically remain in isolation for at least five (5) days unless you have received other instructions personally.

You should also inform anyone who you have been in close contact with (less than 2 m and for more than 15 min.) up to 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or later, so they know they have been exposed to the coronavirus.

A home test is a coronavirus test sold in supermarkets and pharmacies, among other places, which is made at home. Instructions for performing the test can be found in the test kit.

A positive home test result

The result is quite reliable and the person being tested is likely to have a coronavirus infection.

Anyone who has been in close contact with a person testing positive (less than 2 m and for more than 15 min.) up to 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or later, so they know they have been exposed to the coronavirus.

If the result of the home test is positive, stay in isolation for 5 days.

If you need an official test result due to loss of earnings, apply for an official test.

A negative home test result

The result cannot be fully relied on, especially if symptoms persist. Repeat home tests to improve accuracy. If the home test is negative but symptoms persist, you may want to retake the test.

If you have flu symptoms, you should stay at home and telework, for example, if possible, even if the home test is negative.

The home test is a reliable form of testing for individuals who relapse to coronavirus-like symptoms within 3 months of contracting the disease. A home test detects a new infection and stops showing a positive reading once the disease has been diagnosed. 

NOTE! These are general guidelines that may differ from case to case. Always follow the instructions and decisions you receive personally.

Testing Stations

Coronavirus testing is organised in different municipalities in Ostrobothnia. Testing takes place primarily at the local testing station in your area of residence. You can view the testing policies for your location by clicking on the location name.

Note! Please wear a face mask when you come for a coronavirus test. The use of a face mask is recommended for anyone coming to a testing station (including family members or other escorts). The guidelines apply to all testing stations in the Wellbeing Services County of Ostrobothnia.

Appointment bookings

You need to book an appointment for a coronavirus test. To book an appointment for a coronavirus test, call the number below:

Kaskinen Health Centre: 045-23 22 200 Mon-Thurs 08:00-16:00, Fri 08:00-09:00.

Testing Station

Kaskinen Health Centre (inner court): Sulkukatu 11 A, 64260 Kaskinen

Testing takes place at the carpark in the Kaskinen Health Centre area. The nurse will take a test from you while you remain in the car. Contact us for more information.

Appointment bookings

You need to book an appointment for a coronavirus test. To book an appointment for a coronavirus test, call the number below:

Infection Control Nurse

Tel. 050 4778270

Mon-Fri 09:00-15:00

or

Assessment of the need for treatment

Tel. 06 2218600

Mon and Fri 08:00-20:00, Tues-Thurs 08:00-16:00, Sat 09:00-20:00, Sun 09:00-16:00

Testing Station

Selkämeri Healthcare Centre: Lapväärtintie 10, 64100 Kristiinankaupunki

Testing takes place at the back of the lower carpark in the Selkämeri Hospital area, under a brown canopy. The nurse will take a test from you while you remain in the car. Contact us for more information.

Appointment bookings

You need to book an appointment for a coronavirus test. A time for a coronavirus test can be booked here.

Testing Stations

Mustasaari (Korsholm) testing station: Vanha Karperöntie 17, 65610 Mustasaari

Testing takes place outdoors in the carpark, outside the B-entrance. Drive to the main entrance and turn right towards the B-entrance (follow the signs).
Drive under the carport, to the blue hut. Remain in the car, open the car window and turn off the engine. Wait for the nurse to provide information and complete the test. The test is taken from the nose. If you need a test certificate, ask for it at the time when the test is taken.

Oravainen (Oravais) testing station: Öyrintie 25, 66800 Oravainen

Testing takes place in the outside carpark, follow the signs. Drive under the carport, to the blue hut. remain in the car, open the car window and turn off the engine. Wait for the nurse to provide information and complete the test. The test is taken from the nose. If you need a test certificate, ask for it at the time when the test is taken.

Appointment bookings

You need to book an appointment for a coronavirus test. A time for a coronavirus test can be booked here.

A time can also be booked by telephone at 06 2249600. The time can be booked by telephone Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00.

Testing Station

Närpiö Health Centre: Kirkkotie 4, 64200 Närpiö

Follow the coronavirus test sign. Wait in the car, the nurse will take your test while you remain sitting in the car.

You need to book an appointment for a coronavirus test.

Testing Stations

Pietarsaari Testing Station

Kolpintie 7, 68600 Pietarsaari

Appointment bookings

A time for a coronavirus test can be booked by telephone at 06 786 1333. The time can be booked by telephone Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00. A time can also be booked by telephone online here.

Testing takes place in the tent outside the entrance to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. Drive to the testing station from Kolpintie.

Uusikaarlepyy Testing Station

Uusikaarlepyy Healthcare Centre, D-entrance
Porvarinkatu 23, 66900 Uusikaarlepyy

Appointment bookings

A time for a coronavirus test can be booked by telephone at 06 786 2701. The time can be booked by telephone Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00. A time can also be booked by telephone online here.

Appointment bookings

You need to book an appointment for a coronavirus test.

Please book appointment online here.

A time for a coronavirus test can be booked by telephone at 040 572 2954. The time can be booked by telephone Mon-Fri 08:00-14:45 and Sat 08:00-13:30.

Testing Stations

Testing in Tammikaivo/Dammbrunn: Tammikaivontie 4, 65100 Vaasa

Opening hours:

Monday-Friday 08:00-15:00

Saturday 08:00-13:30

The test station is located on the left side of the main building (Tammikaivontie 4). There is own entrance and guidance from the parking lot.

Everyone must wear a face mask when arriving at the test station. There are three seperate waiting areas and there can only be one person in each room or everyone living in the same household.

Isolation and quarantine

In the Wellbeing Services County of Ostrobothnia, the regulations of the Communicable Diseases Act and the guidelines of the ministries as well as the guidelines of THL are followed.

Adherence to official isolation and quarantine is mandatory and violations may result in fines.

Based on an official positive coronavirus test, an isolation order in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act is made for 5 days as follows:

  • when the test result is positive and the person is symptomatic, the isolation is calculated from the onset of symptoms
  • when the test result is positive but the person has no symptoms, the isolation is counted from the day of the test

Isolation means isolating a person with an infectious disease from a healthy one. This is to avoid possible further infections. The physician responsible for infectious diseases will make an isolation order and tell you the length of the isolation. The person may be in isolation in a hospital or at home. The isolation order is absolute and is obtained in writing.

In isolation, you should avoid contact with other people, also with people living in the same household if possible. You can go outdoors, but you must also keep your distance from other people while outside.

Official quarantine is an administrative decision made by a physician responsible for infectious diseases for a person who has been exposed to the coronavirus.

The quarantine decision is notified either by telephone, text message or, for example, through a school or daycare centre’s electronic communication system. Quarantine takes effect immediately, from which time a person should avoid contact with people other than those living in the same household. The quarantined person must not go to work, attend hobbies, go shopping or visit other people, for example. You can go outside as long as you can keep a safe social distance from other people. Those living in the same household as a quarantined person can live normally if they are healthy and the quarantined person does not show any coronavirus symptoms or have a positive coronavirus test result.

Even if you do not receive an official quarantine decision, we recommend that people exposed to the coronavirus avoid all contact with other people for five (5) days. For example, we recommend teleworking where possible.

More information and instructions about quarantine can be found on the THL website.