General information on COVID-19

(Updated 18 March 2020 at 7.45)

What is regarded as the epidemic area?
The coronavirus epidemic has been declared a pandemic, and the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare has stopped identifying “epidemic” areas. Latest information on the situation can be found on the website of the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, THL, at

How has the university prepared for the spreading of the coronavirus? (Updated 18 March 2020 at 7.45)
The facilities of the University of Eastern Finland were closed on 17 March 2020 at 16.00, in accordance with the instructions issued by the Finnish Government on 16 March.

What will the university do in case one of its students or staff members contracts the coronavirus?
The university will follow the instructions given by the authorities and will assist in, e.g. charting those who may have been exposed. In this kind of a scenario, the health authorities take over the situation and issue further instructions, which the university will follow. Those exposed to the virus can be placed under quarantine, if so decided by the health authorities.

What should I do if I get diagnosed with the coronavirus?
You should follow the instructions given by the health authorities and contact your supervisor or the teacher in charge of your studies without any delay.

For how long are the university's guidelines relating to the coronavirus situation in force? (Updated 16 March 2020 at 10.07)
The instructions are in force for the time being. The university monitors the overall situation in Finland, follows instructions given by the authorities and acts according to them.

Have the instructions and measures relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus been discussed by the university's Occupational Safety Commission? (Updated 16 March 2020 at 10.30)
The coronavirus situation has been discussed by the Occupational Safety Commission on a general level, and upcoming measures also by a working group for occupational health and safety. In the current situation, it has been necessary to make decisions quickly. The university’s Occupational Health and Safety Manager has been present in all of the meetings relating to the matter.