All of the 17 infections were diagnosed among persons who had been travelling in Austria. According to PPSHP, the patients are in good condition and have only mild symptoms. National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) classified Austria as an epidemic area only after the persons had returned to Finland. Some of the students have been at the University on Monday, March 9. At that point they did not have any symptoms. After Austria was classified as an epidemic area, the students have been studying remotely, as outlined by the University. The infected persons contacted the health care services themselves, and have been quarantined since.
People who might be predisposed are currently being surveyed. According to current information from the hospital district, the virus can be transmitted for about 24 hours before the onset of symptoms and requires, for example, sitting next to the sick person. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the University's cleaning and hygiene measures have been intensified earlier in accordance with the instructions of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
The University of Oulu cooperates closely with the hospital district on further actions and prevention of infection.
Updated March 13 at 15.31:
The University of Oulu announced on March 12th 2020 that a total of 17 students have been diagnosed with coronavirus infection (COVID-19). Anne Remes, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, tells that other students who have been potentially exposed to coronavirus have been carefully mapped in collaboration infectious disease doctor Teija Puhto from the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District (PPSHP). All those medical and dental students of the 1st and 2nd year, who on March 9 attended same lectures with students who have got the infection, as well as other exposed persons, are in quarantine according to the instructions of an infectious disease doctor. If new cases of disease occur, the exposed persons will be mapped by an infectious disease doctor. The university and PPSHP follow the situation closely. In case of new infections, instructions of the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District (PPSHP) will be followed.
Marja Jokinen, Director of communications and marketing
Last updated: 8.9.2020