At the University of Oulu 17 students have been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection (COVID-19), as confirmed by Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District (PPSHP). All diagnoses were confirmed on Thursday, March 12.
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.
Marja Jokinen, Director of communications and marketing
Last updated: 8.9.2020