Nurses wearing personal protective clothing.

Testing for coronavirus increased in Helsinki

The City of Helsinki has increased the number of coronavirus tests last week and this week from 1,000 to 1,500 samples collected. Do not hesitate to come in for testing if you have symptoms.

Over the last few days, there have been delays in access to tests, and patients have had to wait for their test results for several days. By increasing the number of tests conducted we have been able to start clearing the backlog. We aim to reduce the amount of time between contacting healthcare services to receiving the test results to a little over 24 hours. This is demanding for the entire service chain, but we are working very hard to make it happen.

Approximately two positive test results have been found for every thousand tests conducted.

Testing sites operated by the City of Helsinki can currently be found in Itäkeskus, Kannelmäki, Kruunuhaka and Malmi (drive-in). Residents of Helsinki can also visit the HUS drive-in testing site in Meilahti, and families with children may visit the testing site at the New Children’s Hospital. Testing sites operated by external service providers are also utilised in Itäkeskus and Hernesaari. The Hernesaari testing site was opened yesterday. HUSLAB is in charge of the testing and analysing the samples.

Testing is only available by appointment

We recommend completing the symptom check-up at to anyone over the age of 16. It is the easiest way of accessing a coronavirus test. The service allows the user to make an appointment for testing. More than one thousand residents of Helsinki complete the symptom check-up at Omaolo every day. On the busiest days, more than 600 residents of Helsinki book testing appointments through Omaolo.

Callers are also referred to testing through the Coronavirus Helpline. Helsinki expanded the service hours of the Coronavirus Helpline last week, and the Helpline is now available 8–18 daily. To ensure that the Coronavirus Helpline is able to provide even better service than before, health services have allocated more resources to the Helpline. We have also started cooperation with a service provider.

If you only have mild symptoms indicative of a coronavirus infection, you can wait until the next day and call the Coronavirus Helpline once it opens. In urgent matters, please call the 24-hour Medical Helpline, tel. 116 117.

Any patients with respiratory tract symptoms and diarrhoea requiring urgent help are referred to the Laakso and Malmi corona health stations as before.

The symptoms indicating a coronavirus infection include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, runny or stuffy nose, nausea, diarrhoea, and loss of sense of taste or smell.

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