New coronavirus infections at nursing homes in Espoo
Several nursing homes in Espoo have reported coronavirus infections. At some nursing homes, only staff members have fallen ill. We strongly recommend avoiding visits to nursing homes. You can keep in touch with your loved ones by telephone.
A total of 21 nursing homes have reported coronavirus infections. At 15 nursing homes, both residents and staff members have been infected. At six nursing homes, only staff members have been infected.
At the Vuoripirtti and Kaisla nursing homes, several coronavirus infections have been reported among residents and staff members. At the Vuoripirtti nursing home, a total of 12 residents and staff members have been infected. At the Kaisla nursing home, 8 residents and 9 staff members have been infected.
Earlier this week, we published a news article about coronavirus infections at the Vuoksela and Hopeakuu nursing homes(extrernal link). At the Hopeakuu nursing home, the first coronavirus infections were confirmed in the first week of January. A total of 22 residents and 10 staff members have now contracted the virus at Hopeakuu. At the Vuoksela nursing home, 14 residents and 5 staff members have been infected.
At other nursing homes, fewer than 5 residents or staff members have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
At housing units whose residents are at risk of severe coronavirus disease, such as nursing homes, exposed individuals may still be placed in quarantine, even though outside health care and social welfare units most exposed people are no longer placed in official quarantine(extrernal link). Those exposed at nursing homes have been placed in quarantine. We have contacted the families of infected residents who have been placed in isolation and of exposed residents who have been placed in quarantine.
During the first weeks of January, 4 residents have died of the coronavirus disease at different nursing homes. We would like to offer our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased. For privacy reasons, we cannot offer more information on the deceased individuals.
We recommend avoiding visits to nursing homes
We strongly recommend avoiding visits to nursing homes that have reported coronavirus infections. We advise you to wait until all residents have completed their 10-day quarantine.
At the moment, the coronavirus is spreading fast and is highly transmissible. We strongly recommend avoiding visits to nursing homes. We hope that family members and friends carefully consider if their visit is necessary. We encourage people to keep in touch with their loved ones by telephone. If you need to visit a nursing home, please contact the staff and agree on your visit in advance. This will enable us to check that the visit can take place.
Please remember that visits with residents who are in isolation or quarantine are not allowed. Visits with residents in hospice care are allowed.
Espoo offers intensified sheltered housing for approximately 1,400 clients who can no longer live at home. There are nearly 40 private and city-run nursing homes in Espoo.