Double vaccinated close contacts may also be placed in quarantine due to the Omicron variant
The guidelines concerning quarantine for the close contacts of people diagnosed with the coronavirus disease changed on Monday 20 December.
Due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, double vaccinated close contacts of people diagnosed with the coronavirus disease will also be placed in quarantine if significant exposure is apparent. For example, this applies to people who live in the same household as an infected person. According to the previous guidelines, fully vaccinated people were not usually placed in quarantine after exposure.
Record number of coronavirus cases in Espoo
In Espoo, 181 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Saturday 17 December 2021, 174 on Saturday 18 December 2021 and 128 on Sunday 19 December 2021.
Based on the initial laboratory results, about 50 % of the infections in Espoo reported so far by Monday were suspected Omicron cases.
Delays in contact tracing
Due to the high number of coronavirus infections, those who test positive and their family members receive instructions at first by text message.
Contact tracing is prioritised in accordance with the instructions of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). Elderly people who have tested positive and those who have been exposed for example at nursing homes are reached within 1–2 days of the infection being reported. The city will also make an effort to address known clusters of several infections and other high-risk situations as soon as possible. In other cases, the delay in contact tracing calls may be up to two weeks.
Approximately 100 professionals are currently working in Espoo’s contact tracing team. New employees are undergoing training, and the number of staff will increase to about 150 at the beginning of January.