The coronavirus situation in Turku has taken a turn for the worse. Coronavirus infections have been detected in schools and educational institutions and several classes and entire schools have been ordered into quarantine.

The City of Turku has already started distance teaching in schools of Aunela, Nummenpakka, Rieskalähde and Varissuo. Also Turku Vocational Institute begins distance teaching. The situation is monitored daily.

Between Wednesday 28 October and Tuesday 3 November, 124 new coronavirus infections were detected in Turku. Since the beginning of the epidemic in March, 665 infections in total have been detected in Turku (the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare on 3 November at 12 noon). The coronavirus epidemic in Turku remains in the acceleration phase but has taken a clear turn for the worse.

The worsening of the situation results from infections spreading within families and circles of close acquaintances. Several infections in schools and educational institutions have resulted in extensive exposures.

– To control the situation, it is important to get tested as soon as possible, even if the symptoms are mild. Everyone can do their share to act responsibly and help control the epidemic. This also helps protect the high-risk groups, says Chief Physician for Infectious Diseases Jutta Peltoniemi.

You can access coronavirus testing by completing a symptom assessment online through Omaolo or by calling the coronavirus helpline tel. +358 2 266 2714 (on weekdays between 8 am and 3 pm). The availability of testing times is currently good.

Turku schools in quarantine, pupils in distance teaching

Coronavirus infections have been detected in schools in Turku and several classes as well as entire schools have been ordered into quarantine.

Infections and exposures have been detected in the following facilities: schools of Aunela, Hannunniittu, Katariina, Nummenpakka, Pääskyvuori and Rieskalähde, Hannunniittu Day-Care Centre and Folkhälsan Day-Care Centre in Gunghästen. Regardless of what has been said in the media, no coronavirus infections have been detected in Varissuo School.

Five schools have started or will start distance teaching

Nummenpakka School

  • pupils in grade four and up are in distance teaching from 2 November to 13 November

  • pupils in grade one to four, the preparatory education class and pupils in grades one to nine who need special support remain in contact teaching (apart from pupils who have been ordered into quarantine)

Varissuo School

  • pupils in grade four and up are in distance teaching from 2 November to 13 November

  • pupils in grade one to three, all pupils in regional small classes (grades one to six) and preparatory education classes remain in contact teaching

Aunela School

  • pupils in grade four and up are in distance teaching from 2 November to 6 November

  • pupils in grade one to three and small classes are in contact teaching from 2 November to 6 November unless they are in quarantine

  • situation reassessed on Friday 6 November

Rieskalähde School

  • the entire school is in distance teaching from 3 November to 6 November

  • general classes remain in distance teaching until 13 November

  • small classes and preparatory education return to contact teaching on Monday 9 November

Turku Vocational School

  • Contact teaching is suspended for two weeks from 9 November 2020 in all school facilities of Turku Vocational Institute. 

  • Altogether 4500 students begin distance teaching.

  • Vocational education and guidance is organised as extensively as possible by using alternative methods such as distance teaching and other digital learning environments, for instance.

  • If possible, learning at workplaces and worksites, competence demonstrations, driving lessons and apprenticeship training are carried out as planned.

  • Operations of customer service points continue for the time being in accordance with opening times.

Schools communicate their exceptional teaching arrangements and school lunch arrangements in more detail through Wilma. Multilingual communication regarding safety distances, hygiene and importance of testing has been increased.

Coronavirus infections also in the central dental clinic and Fendari Workshops

A coronavirus infection was detected in the central dental clinic of Turku on 31 October. Approximately 27 employees have been exposed to coronavirus.

Patients of the central dental clinic have not been exposed, as the oral health care staff has used additional protective wear and enhanced hygiene measures in addition to the normal protective wear. As a precautionary measure, some appointments at the central dental clinic are cancelled until 8 or 9 November 2020. All appointments have not been cancelled, as operations continue in reduced form.

The patients are primarily sent a text message regarding cancellation. The new time of appointment is sent by mail or the patient is contacted by phone.

In Fendari workshops for the youth, an exposure to coronavirus took place on 29 October. Five persons have been ordered into quarantine. Operations continue as normal and safety aspects are taken into consideration.

The authorities were present to meet passengers arriving in Turku on a flight from Skopje on Friday 23 October 2020. On this flight, 107 passengers arrived in Turku and 93 of them were tested. Two of them were found to have coronavirus. In the Port of Turku, coronavirus testing was offered to passengers arriving on a TallinkSilja cruise ship on Saturday morning 24 October. 109 passengers were tested for coronavirus and one of them tested positive.

Distribution of masks to low-income persons begins in Monitori Market Square on 9 November

Masks for low-income persons are distributed in Monitori Skanssi on weekdays from 12 noon to 6 pm. From Monday 9 November onwards, masks are also distributed in Monitori Market Square from 9 am to 11 am on weekdays and from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturdays.
In addition, parishes and organisations distribute masks in their own operations.