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.
The most important thing is to stay home if you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection. If a person in an employee’s household is infected with COVID-19 (and the employee hasn’t been infected recently), it is recommended that the employee remains working from home, if this is possible in view of their work. If the employee doesn’t have any symptoms, there is no need to cancel in-person teaching. A person exposed to the coronavirus may come to the campus, but it is hoped that they exercise caution and stay at home if experiencing any symptoms, even minor ones. At-home testing is also recommended. If the employee has symptoms, they should not come to the workplace before the symptoms have clearly subsided. A person infected with COVID-19 must avoid contacts to people outside their household for at least five days from the onset of symptoms.
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).