The number of coronavirus tests in Jyväskylä, Hankasalmi and Uurainen has increased since the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare urged municipalities to expand coronavirus testing. Jyväskylä now has a backlog of people with mild symptoms of cold or with no symptoms at all waiting to be tested for the coronavirus.

Only people who have symptoms that suggest they may have caught the coronavirus (fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, diarrhoea, and cough) and who have been exposed to the virus will be tested. Priority is given to at-risk patients and social and health care professionals. Patients who need urgent care and who have severe respiratory symptoms will also be tested. To be tested, you need to contact your health centre, where your need of care will be assessed over the phone and where you will get a referral. 

People with mild symptoms of cold are strongly advised to stay at home. The same “recipe” applies as to all flus: rest, drink a lot of fluid, and take painkillers. Also, avoid contacts with other people and do not go back to work until the symptoms have disappeared. If the symptoms get more severe (e,g., difficulty in breathing) call the health centre or the hospital emergency department. 

The criteria for coronavirus testing:

  • Patients who need urgent care and who have symptoms that suggest they may have caught the coronavirus or who doctors suspect may have the virus.
  • At-risk patients (over-70-year-olds and those who have underlying cardiac or lung diseases or a weakened immune system) and who have symptoms that suggest they may have caught the coronavirus. The symptoms include e.g., shortness of breath, fever, loss of taste and smell, diarrhoea, and cough.
  • Social and health care professionals. 
  • Other employees in sectors critical to the functioning of society. 

People without symptoms will not be tested.

To be tested, please always call first – do not go directly to the health centre or hospital 

The tests are taken at Kyllö Health Centre on weekdays at 8-16. To be tested, please always first call the health centre, where your need of care will be assessed over the phone. On weekdays at 8-16, call the Coronavirus Helpline, tel. 014 266 0133. A health care professional will answer the phone and interview you. If the criteria for coronavirus testing are fulfilled, you will get a referral. You will be told clearly when and where you will be tested. In this way healthcare professionals will be able to protect both themselves and patients from the coronavirus. 

In the evenings, please call the Central Finland Hospital District Telephone Helpline, tel. 116 117, where you will be given further instructions if needed. Please, never go directly to the health centre or hospital. Always call first. 

Kyllö will soon start taking coronavirus tests also on weekends. Tests will likewise be taken at Palokka Health Centre, and a mobile testing unit will be established to serve those living in and Uurainen. Further details about the arrangements, their timing and e.g., the opening hours will be given later.  

The test results will be available in about 1 to 3 days. During the waiting time, please stay at home. Do not go out until you receive a phone call that your test result was negative. 

Please note: If you think you may have caught the coronavirus, you can do a self-assessment online 

If you suspect you may have caught the coronavirus, you can do a self-assessment online. Go to Omaolo and take the online check-up to see if you need to see a doctor or a nurse. Omaolo also gives you instructions on how to prevent the virus from spreading. Read more and take the check-up at Omaolo

Further information: Chief Medical Officer Ilkka Käsmä, tel. 050 522 0486
Manager of Out-Patient Health Services Hanna Vihavainen, tel. 050 520 9868   

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