Public health care is currently overwhelmed by the demand for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. In many parts of Finland, Joensuu and Kuopio included, the health authorities have had to abandon large-scale contact tracing and imposing of quarantines. At the moment, testing mainly focuses on social and health care settings, and on people in at-risk groups. This means that not everyone will be able to get an official COVID-19 test and test result in public health care anymore. For them, an at-home coronavirus antigen test is a good alternative.
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, do as follows:
- If you are eligible for an official COVID-19 test in public health care, get tested and follow any instructions given to you by the health authorities. Inform your supervisor/teacher of your possible sick leave.
- If you are not eligible for an official COVID-19 test in public health care, do an at-home COVID-19 antigen test and follow THL’s instructions. Inform your supervisor/teacher of your possible sick leave. Employees are allowed to go on sick leave for seven consecutive days by informing their supervisor. If your symptoms persist for longer than seven days, contact occupational health care to extend your sick leave.
The most important thing is to stay home if you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection. If you have been exposed to the coronavirus, please wear a mask and keep a close eye on any possible symptoms. If you start having symptoms, even mild ones, remain working from home and do an at-home COVID test.
You don’t have to switch your teaching to the online mode in case of exposure to the coronavirus.
Documents pertaining to the health of a student shall be secret (Act on the Openness of Government Activities, Section 24).
In accordance with the Act on the Protection of Privacy in Working Life, data concerning the employee's health may only be processed by persons who prepare, make or implement decisions concerning employment relationships on the basis of such data. The employer shall nominate such persons or specify the tasks that involve processing of the data concerning health. Persons who process such data may not disclose any of it to a third party either during or after their employment relationship. Further information on sick leaves and on the processing of data concerning the employee’s health can be found in Heimo (UEF login required).