Dear students and educational institution staff,

A person who visited Arcada University of Applied Sciences on 6 and 12 November 2020 has since been found to be infected with the coronavirus. Not all of the educational institution’s students and staff have been exposed. Individuals who might have been exposed in close contact have been personally notified by authorities. The risk of infection for other people who were present at the educational institution is low.

In any case, everyone should monitor their own condition during the pandemic. In the event of even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms, you should immediately get tested and stay home. Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, muscle ache, a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, shortness of breath and the loss of sense of smell and taste.

Adults and young people over 16 who have personal online banking codes can book an appointment for a coronavirus test by completing the online coronavirus symptoms checkup at www.omaolo.fi External link.

Use the health station chatbot External link (www.hel.fi/terveysasemat External link) to submit a test appointment request for a resident of Helsinki aged under 16. Test appointment requests are processed every day between 8 and 18. You will receive a text message confirmation of the appointment.

Residents of Helsinki and guardians of underaged residents of Helsinki can also book an appointment for a coronavirus test by calling the Coronavirus Helpline, tel. 09 310 10024 (open every day 8–18). If the Coronavirus Helpline is closed and the symptoms indicative of a coronavirus infection are mild, please wait until the following day.

Residents of other Uusimaa municipalities can complete the symptom assessment survey and book an appointment online at https://koronabotti.hus.fi/en/ External link.

Residents of non-Uusimaa municipalities must contact their local health care services for testing.

Employees may also contact their occupational health care services.

You can only return to the educational institution once you have tested negative for the coronavirus and no longer have symptoms.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends the use of face masks in higher education institutions.

Educational institutions in Helsinki follow the instructions on preventing coronavirus infections.

Kind regards,

Chief physician Sanna Isosomppi

Contact tracer Sampo Sorvisto

Epidemiologic operations, City of Helsinki

Rector Mona Forsskåhl