Please note, that all info bulletins are unofficial and shortened translations from their Finnish originals

 

Inari municipality info bulletin for families with children

The current exceptional situation is unprecedented in homes and families with children. We all are faced with questions and challenges. Inari municipality wants to support parents and provide help with daily life. Let us take care of ourselves and each other.

If you need help or if you want to talk about the situation, you can reach out to the following persons during office hours:

Family planning centre supervisor: Virve Multasuo phone 040 669 7306

Social services: during office hours: Salla Riekki phone 040 726 6965, in urgent cases outside office hours phone 040 7266965

Social psychologist: Elisa Saukkonen phone 040 353 4640

School social worker: Jaana Leskinen phone 040 672 1077

Psychiatric nurse: Marianne Ahonen phone 040 156 2036

Director of pre-school education: Pirkko Saarela puh. 040 744 1259

If your concerns are clearly health related, please call the health centre number to make an appointment as usual, phone 040 188 7400, weekdays 8.15 am - 10 am and 1pm - 2pm. In urgent cases, please call the nurse on duty (24/7) phone 040 770 9187. In case of emergency call 112.

The national corona virus helpline is available during weekdays from 8am - 9pm and on Saturdays from 9am - 3pm. Phone 02 9553 5535

A food bank for families with children provides help on weekdays from 8am - 4pm, phone 040 351 4150.

Local businesses, Buss terminal Kuuputi Cafe and Inari parish are organising food distribution for underprivileged families with children. Distribution until futher notice from Cafe Kuuputi (Ivalontie 22) weekdays from 8.30am - 10am. More information Anu Huhtamella phone 040 507 1713 or Cafe Kuuputi phone 040 762 5182.

Books

While the library is closed, Lukulumo has opened their free, Finnish on-line service here:https://www.iltoppiminen.fi/uutiset/lukulumo-avautuu-kaikille/

Daily routine

During exceptional times it is vital to maintain healthy routines. Getting up at the usual time in the morning, participating in remote learning or alternative activities and eating at set mealtimes.

Exercise

You find tips for exercise, play or home-office gymnastics on Inari’s leisure services facebook page. Inari’s physical education instructors Jonna and Sami will help you if necessary. Phone 040 7605139 or 040 5933455.

Live concerts

Inari cultural services is supporting children and the arts during difficult times by offering live concerts. On offer are three concerts for children that can be watched on-line. The links are below:

Pikku Papun Orkesteri

Ville Karttunen

Jussi Makkonen & Nazig Azezian: Lintu Sininen Live Stream @ Kumutalo.

Inari cultural services also organises SaturdayLive-performances that can be followed via their facebook pages, by selecting “follow” for the page and selecting “participate” for the event in question. You can find the fb-page here.

More information is available from cultural secretary Mirja Karjalainen phone 040 776 7546

 

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Letter from Inari's Major

Dear Inarian,

We are living exceptional times. We are facing a situation unprecedented during peacetimes - a global pandemic and restrictions brought upon us by the emergency powers act.

I want to emphasize, that the corona virus is no common influenza, even if many young persons are suffering only mild symptoms and the virus is not currently believed to be particularly dangerous to children and minors. The virus is extremely dangerous, especially for the elderly and risk groups.

I appeal to all Inarians to carefully consider their own actions in the weeks to come. Not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of us all. We all have friends or family members that are at particular risk due to age, asthma, diabetes, cancer or for example due to treatment lowering the immune defenses. Therefore I hope, that customers taking advantage of risk-groups-only opening hours, wisely introduced by our shops, acknowledge that young and healthy looking individuals may also be risk group members.

Let us all take care of the people most at risk. We can do so, by keeping physical distance and, as president Niinistö said, be emotionally close.

The situation in Inari is calm for now, but if the emergency powers act proves insufficient, the pandemic will spread to Inari. It will put immense pressure on our health care services. The emergency care capacity is limited in the whole of Lapland.

To put it frankly, if we fail to contain the pandemic, many Inarians will become seriously ill. Even if you pull through, your neighbors or grandparents situation may be much more serious.

Dear senior Inarians: Even if you feel mentally and physically in good condition, I hope you take the current situation with the utmost seriousness. We want to continue to listen to your tales. Children long to be hugged by their grandparents. Families need their roots. Only experience teaches us how to safely roam in the fells and to navigate Lake Inari or Muddus. Now the signs of a storm are in the sky. Stay at home and enjoy the outdoors, but avoid other people.

If you do your own shopping or visit the pharmacy, wash your hand before and after your visit and use clean gloves. Do not touch doorknobs or handlebars with your bare hands. Remember good hand hygiene also when taking out the rubbish or getting the mail. Inari municipality organises help for over 70-year-olds for essential errands*

Many senior citizens value their self-reliance. Now is not the time to be a tough rock, but rather a flexible willow. The situation demands exceptional flexibility and responsibility from everyone. We all can protect the Inarians most at risk, and ensure sufficient health care staff by acting responsibly.

Together we will cope.

Inari 23.3.2020

Toni K. Laine

Major

*This service is provided on a voluntary basis and it is free of charge until April 13th. If you are not a resident of Inari municipality, you speak English and are in need of help with your groceries, transport or just someone to listen, please call Jan Denks phone 040 – 6526576 or email jan.denks@inari.fi

 

 

The Finnish government announces the following measures to slow down the pandemic

  1. Pre-school education continues. Parents must care for children at home whenever possible.
  2. From March 18th all schools and universities will be closed, except for pre-school and classes 1-3 for children of parents working in jobs critical for the functioning of society.
  3. Schooling will be organised remotely whenever possible.
  4. The Finnish Matriculation Examination will be held with condensed schedule.
  5. Public gatherings of more than 10 persons will be restricted and loitering in public is discouraged.
  6. Public museums, theatres, opera houses, cultural facilities, libraries, leisure facilities, sports facilities, youth centres and the likes will be closed. Activities in relation to the previous will be terminated. The same is recommend for private and religious facilities.
  7. Visits in retirement homes and facilities for groups at risk are forbidden.
  8. Visits in care and health care facilities are forbidden, except for individually determined exceptions like close relatives of patients in palliative care.
  9. Public entity employees will work remotely whenever possible.
  10. Over 70-year olds are forbidden to be in close contact with other persons whenever possible, except for members of parliament, ministers and local government officials
  11. Social- and health care resources are increased, and non-urgent activities are scaled down. Private resources are utilised when needed. Legal obligations and deadlines must no longer be adhered to.
  12. Capacity for corona virus testing is increased.
  13. The working hours act and the annual vacation act does not apply to critical staff in the public and private sector.
  14. Preparations are taken to obligate social- and health care workers and internal security staff to commence work.
  15. Movement of individuals can be restricted.
  16. Preparations for closing borders are started with urgency. Travel to Finland will be restricted as soon as possible.
  17. Returning citizens are quarantined for two weeks
  18. Returning citizens are advised to inform employers regarding their return to work
  19. Armed forces ensure readiness and continuity of operations under all circumstances

 

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Inari municipality info bulletin regarding yesterday’s announcement of the Finnish government.

 

Pre-school education continues. Parents must care for children at home whenever possible. Parents are requested to inform the municipality about children being looked after at home, so pre-school fees can be refunded accordingly. Please send your notification with information on the date home care is commencing by email to pirkko.saarela@inari.fi or krista.kansala@inari.fi. If you or any of your children fall ill, it is vital that all siblings are kept in home care. Parents of children in municipal care will also be informed individually. More information Pirkko Saarela, phone 040 744 1259, pirkko.saarela@inari.fi

From March 18th all schools and universities will be closed, except for pre-school and classes 1-3 for children of parents working in jobs critical for the functioning of society. Parents will be informed via Wilma. Special needs groups education will continue and parents receive a questionnaire via Wilma regarding requirements. More information Ilkka Korhonen, phone 0400 131 231, ilkka.korhonen@inari.fi

Schooling will be organised remotely whenever possible. The Finnish Matriculation Examination will be held with condensed schedule. Student health care is centralised in Ivalo to Ivalo health centre, in Inari to Sajos and in Sevettijärvi to the nurse’s facilities. Please contact the nurse in advance by phone or via Wilma. More information Ilkka Korhonen, phone 0400 131 231, ilkka.korhonen@inari.fi or Ulla Hynönen, phone. 040 5611 357 ulla.hynonen@inari.fi

From Wednesday, all non-critical municipal services, including the council hall will be closed for the public. Services remain available via email and phone. The social services helpline is available from 8am to 4 pm at 040 351 4150. More information Mari Palolahti, phone. 040 522 1214, mari.palolahti@inari.fi

Otherwise, government orders listed below must be adhered to.

The main channel for municipal info bulletins is Inari municipality’s homepage www.inari.fi

Inari municipality requests all municipal citizens and visitors to obey official instructions. Furthermore, everyone is asked to assist and to take into consideration others. Everyone can support society to cope in exceptional times like these. The situation demands exceptional flexibility and responsibility from everyone.

Ivalo, March 17th 2020

Toni K. Laine, major

toni.k.laine@inari.fi

 

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Inari veterinary info bulletin

Veterinarian services will continue for cases requiring urgent treatment only. Urgent cases include wounds, infections, painful and life-threatening conditions.

Pre-booked appointments continue as agreed.

Please only visit the vet’s facilities if you are healthy, so staff will continue to be able to ensure your animal’s wellbeing. Cancel or re-scheduled appointments if you are ill as soon as possible by calling our office.

Strictly one caretaker per pet only in order to minimise infection risk to our staff.

The same rules apply for K9 animal shelter.

  • Nuorgam Marja 0400 346 812
  • Jyrkinen Venla 0400 398 908
  • Emergency hotline 0600 1 6633

 

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What does quarantine and isolation mean?

Quarantine means restricting the movement of a healthy individual, because an infection can be transmitted before the transmitter has symptoms. The purpose of a quarantine is to prevent spreading of the infection. If one family member is quarantined, other family members can continue life normally.

Isolation means isolating the patient from healthy individuals. Isolation can be executed at home. The decision for isolating patients can be made by the virologist in charge or Inari’s medical director. The decision is given in writing.

 

Guidelines when quarantined or isolated

  • If you are quarantined or isolate, you must stay at home and you are not allowed to receive guests.
  • If other family members are healthy, they can continue life normally
  • If you are quarantined you may go outside, as long as you are not in close contact with other persons. Outdoors, you must keep a minimum distance of 2 meters to other persons.
  • If you are quarantined, you are not allowed to enter buildings (shops, pharmacies, health centre, workplace, schools, kindergartens, libraries, restaurants, etc.)
  • Remember good hand hygiene! Always wear gloves when touching, e.g. lids, handrails, doorknobs, post boxes, etc.
  • Protect you mouth with a clean handkerchief or your sleeve when coughing. Do not cough towards objects others may touch. The virus survives on various surfaces for up to several days.
  • Ask friends or family to do your shopping or to get your medicine. Groceries should be left outside your door to avoid direct contact.
  • If you are quarantined and share your home with persons particularly at risk from the infections (over 70-year-olds, chronically ill persons or employees of social- and health services), Inari municipality will arrange for you to be quarantined outside your home. Please contact the social services helpline.

Whenever possible, Inari municipality organises transport for over 70-year-olds for essential errands, like grocery shopping or bank visits. This service is provided on a voluntary basis and it is free of charge until April 13th. If you are not a resident of Inari municipality, you speak English and are in need of help with your groceries, transport or just someone to listen, please call Jan Denks phone 040 – 6526576 or email jan.denks@inari.fi

If you are a permanent resident in Inari and speak Finnish, please follow the instructions below:

Jos tarvitsette kauppa-apua, kuljetusapua, keskusteluapua tai on muuta kysyttävää arkipäivään liittyvissä asioissa, voitte soittaa arkisin klo 8 – 15 välillä johonkin seuraavista numeroista:

  • Psykiatrinen sairaanhoitaja Marianne Ahonen Inarin kunta puh. 040 – 156 2036
  • Sosiaalityöntekijä Tiina Kanniainen Inarin kunta puh. 040 – 708 5208
  • Terveydenhoitaja Paula Kontsas Etelä-Inari puh. 040 – 512 4602
  • Terveydenhoitaja Jaana Vallivaara-Puttonen Etelä-Inari puh. 040 – 520 9245
  • Terveydenhoitaja Sirpa Aittokoski Etelä-Inari puh. 040 – 520 9246
  • Terveydenhoitaja Annika Leppälä Pohjois-Inari puh. 040 – 844 5482
  • Terveydenhoitaja Anne Kinnunen Sevettijärvi puh. 040 – 846 3078

Terveydenhoitajille soitetut puhelut ohjautuvat vastaajaan. Toimikaa vastaajan antamien ohjeiden mukaisesti. Teille soitetaan saman päivän aikana takaisin. Voitte halutessasi ottaa yhteyttä myös sähköpostitse, kaikkien sähköpostiosoite on: etunimi.sukunimi@inari.fi

 

Caring for children when parents fall ill

If a family is in quarantine or in isolation, and parents fall ill, unable to care for their children or are admitted to hospital, Inari municipality will arrange childcare. For more information, please contact:

Pirkko Saarela, phone 040 744 1259 , pirkko.saarela@inari.fi or Krista Känsälä, phone 040 744 1210, krista.kansala@inari.fi

The social services helpline provides urgent help weekdays 8am – 4pm at phone 040 351 4150 at other times phone 040 726 6965

During quarantine or isolation, you may be entitled to sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease. Please check with Kela for entitlement https://www.kela.fi/web/en/sickness-allowances-infectious-disease

 

Quarantine-like conditions on return from abroad

In this case, you will not receive a formal written quarantine order, but you are asked to follow the orders issued by the government. The instructions are identical to the guidelines given above.

If you are ordered into quarantine-like conditions and share your home with persons particularly at risk from the infections (over 70-year-olds, chronically ill persons or employees of social- and health service), we will arrange for you to be quarantined outside your home. Please contact the social services helpline.

Guidelines for over 70-year olds

Over 70-year-olds are automatically considered particularly at risk from the infection. The government asks over-70’s to avoid gatherings and public spaces whenever possible. Supermarkets recommend that over 70’s visit shops only between 7am and 8am, during which time other customers are asked not to enter the premises.

If you have health related questions concerning isolation, quarantine, or quarantine-like conditions, please call the health centre (phone 040 188 7400) weekdays from 8.15 – 10am and 1-2pm. In urgent cases, please call the nurse on duty (24/7) phone 040 - 770 9187. For emergencies, call 112. For mental health support, please call 040 – 156 2036 (weekdays 8 am – 3 pm)