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Helsinki still takes coronavirus infections at daycare centres and schools seriously

Helsinki takes the coronavirus infections of children and pupils at daycare centres and schools seriously and examines all infections thoroughly. Further actions to prevent the spread of infections will be taken based on the completed examination and a risk assessment. Infections at daycare centres and schools are always communicated to the guardians.

Infection tracking at daycare centres and lower stage comprehensive schools have given rise to a vivid discussion. The discussion may have given the impression that Helsinki has ceased to investigate possible exposures to infections at daycare centres and schools. This is not the case.

“We examine the infections thoroughly and always communicate them to the guardians as soon as possible. For example, we quarantine all children and pupils who, based on our assessment, may have been exposed to a coronavirus infection”, Medical Director of health stations Timo Lukkarinen explains.

On 27.11., Helsinki informed the guardians about the tracking of infections among chil-dren at daycare centres and schools.
“I am sorry that our message caused confusion to some parents. We will clarify the original message to make it sufficiently easy to comprehend. We will continue to do our best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at daycare centres and schools”, Lukkarinen concludes.

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