Coronavirus information

Updated 30.11.2022

For information about Vaccinations, see page Vaccinations against Coronavirus

See also: 

Recommen­dations and restrictions for the coronavirus epidemic in Oulu



If you suspect you have coronavirus disease

The symptoms of coronavirus disease are similar to the flu and stomach upset. Symptoms of the infection may include fever, cough, headache, nausea, diarrhea, unusual tiredness, muscle pain, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of smell or taste.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus disease, stay at home until you get better.  

If you want, you can take an antigen test you can buy at the store or pharmacy. A positive home test result does not usually need to be confirmed by an official test. If you get a positive test result in your home test, stay at home for at least five days.

From now on, you should sign up for a official coronavirus test only if

  • you are a social and health care worker or student who works with clients or patients in social welfare and health care services
  • you are pregnant or have given birth within the past six weeks. If you test positive for the coronavirus, contact your maternity clinic immediately.
  • you are part of an at-risk group for severe coronavirus disease
  • you need proof of having recovered from the disease for the COVID-19 passport (16-year-olds or older persons who are not fully vaccinated)
  • you are in conscript service and the Finnish Defense Forces has guided you to the test
  • you suspect that you belong to the target group of the Paxlovid medication (information about Paxlovid in Finnish)

As a rule individuals who have had the coronavirus disease in the past two months are not tested.

If you have serious symptoms, you should still seek medical attention to assess the need for treatment. See instructions: If you need help or treatment from a professional

You can book an appointment merely for a coronavirus test at Hallituskatu coronavirus testing (Hallituskatu 19).
Open until 2.12.2022: Mon-Thu from 8.15 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Fri from 8.15 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
From 5.12.2022 open Mon-Thu from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fri from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed on 6.12.2022.

Persons coming from countries outside the European Union will be charged a €74.95 fee for an appointment with a nurse (coronavirus test is free of charge). The fee is also charged for persons coming from EU countries or the Nordic countries if they do not have a certificate of entitlement to medical care with them (for example European Health Insurance Card issued by another country, an official identity card or a passport).

If you can´t communicate in Finnish, English or Swedish, you can have language assistance from the multilingual counselling of the City of Oulu.


If you need help or treatment from a professional

Omaolo or the Coronavirus Health Information Line will instruct you on how to proceed and guide you to testing or a Coronavirus Health Care Hub, if needed.

  • Take a symptom self-assessment online at Omaolo-service or
  • call the City of Oulu coronavirus helpline at 08 558 41414 (Mon–Thu from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fri from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
  • In the evening or on weekends, contact the Oulu Region Emergency Helpline, tel. 116 117.
  • In emergency cases, call the number 112.

If you belong to a risk group, contact us soon.

If you can´t communicate in Finnish, English or Swedish, you can have language assistance from the multilingual counselling of the City of Oulu. You can come to the coronavirus hub without a previous contact. It is useful to go to the Hub by 2 p.m. (Fridays 1 p.m.). The Coronavirus Health Care Hubs operate at the emergency health care clinics of Kontinkangas, Tuira, Haukipudas, Oulunsalo and Kiiminki. Please, bring your Kela-card, a ID card with a picture or passport with you.


COVID-19 testing 

Hallituskatu testing
Hallituskatu 19  see map)
The appointment must be booked in advance.
Open until 2.12.2022: Mon-Thu from 8.15 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Fri from 8.15 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
From 5.12.2022 open Mon-Thu from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fri from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed on 6.12.2022.


OYS (Oulun yliopistollinen sairaala - Oulu University Hospital)
Kajaanintie 50. From 5.9.2022 testing will be located in front of hospital between doors S and N. Only in the evening and on weekends, if you need an urgent treatment. See opening hours and more detailed information in Finnish on the hospital's website (


Instructions for families with children

If a child has clear symptoms of infection, you may not take the child to school or early childhood education and care. Mild symptoms of a viral infection in a child under 12 years of age can be monitored at home. The symptoms are mild if the child is lively and has the energy to play and do things, even if they also have a runny nose, cough, and fever. The child should avoid contact with people outside the family until the symptoms ease significantly.

Children can also have a COVID-19 antigen home test taken.  If the home test is positive, it is important to stay at home for at least five days. A positive home test result should only be confirmed with an official test if the child belongs to at-risk group for severe coronavirus disease or the parent needs a certificate to claim Kela sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease.  If several family members are ill at the same time, it is enough that one person in the family gets tested.

If the child has allergic rhinitis, occasional sneezing, or if their nose starts to run when they go out, but the symptoms end when the child comes back indoors, the child can go to early childhood education or school as long as their general condition is otherwise normal and there are no symptoms of an infection. Early childhood education or school may not require a certificate of a negative test result.


Instruction to a person tested for coronavirus disease

  • After the test, go directly home, continuing to wear a mask.
  • Self-isolate, i.e. stay at home and avoid social contacts until you receive a negative test result and your symptoms have clearly alleviated.
  • Allow from 1 to 3 days for the test result.
  • You will be notified of a result by text message,
  • A negative result means you do not have a coronavirus infection. if your symptoms persist, do get tested again.
  • A positive test result means you are infected with the coronavirus. In that case, you have to isolate until you have had no symptoms for 2 days and always for a minimum of 5 days from the onset of the first symptoms. Symptomless persons who live in the same household with someone with a positive coronavirus test result may move freely outside the home, whether vaccinated or not. For more information: The only groups that the coronavirus contact tracing service of Oulu will contact by phone are: people 70 years or older, expectant mothers and new mothers who have given birth in the past six weeks, and health care and social services units and staff.
  • If you are pregnant or have given birth within the past six weeks, and you test positive for the coronavirus, contact your local mother and baby clinic (Neuvola) immediately after receiving the test result.
  • If you are unable to take sick leave and need an infectious disease certificate for the period of your absence, you can receive it from the date you were tested positive. Apply for a certificate through Omahoito,

  • You can also check your test result at

    • > Terveystiedot Health records > Laboratoriotutkimukset Laboratory tests (the result will be available within the next 3 days after the test is ready)
    • > Terveyspalvelut Health services > Laboratoriotulokset Laboratory results (the result will be available at the same time also at healthcare centres)
    • Unfortunately, a guardian is not able to access the data of a child older than 10 years of age.
    • If necessary, you may inquire about the result, also for an over 10-year-old child, during office hours on Omahoito (Self-Care Services in English), in Chat or by calling the booking service at your local health clinic. 

Multilingual counselling services help with language issues

Multilingual counselling

Villa Victor multilingual counselling service can help, if you need to contact, for instance, coronavirus helpline, but your Finnish or English skills are limited. You can also get information about coronavirus. Because of coronavirus, the multilingual counselling provide assistance mainly over the telephone and on WhatsApp from Mondays to Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The counselling point is on the street level of the Oulu10 building, in Torikatu 10.

Please see the timetable of different languages on the multilingual guidance website


  • Arabic/Berber/French
  • Dari/Farsi/Persian
  • Chinese/Japanese
  • Somali
  • Tigrinya
  • Vietnamese
  • Turkish/Kurdish
  • Russian/Dutch


See also:

How to prevent the new coronavirus?

The instructions of the City of Oulu for those who have been ordered into quarantine or isolation

FAQ about the new coronavirus

Coronavirus information in different languages

The page Coronavirus information in different languages (THL) has a collection of links that can help you find information on the coronavirus in different languages. The links will help you find, for example, directions on how to avoid infection and information on vaccines, the vaccination process, and travel. 

Seasonal influenza vaccinations 2022

Seasonal influenza vaccinations will again be available in Autumn 2022. 

Stop the Spread of the Coronavirus

How to Properly Wear a Face Mask

Instructions for Possible Coronavirus Exposure and Coronavirus Infection

Information on coronavirus in different languages

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