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Coronavirus spreads to old-age homes, three residents die in North Savo

Three major care-centre operators have confirmed cases, but have not announced exact numbers or locations.

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As of Friday, there were 22 confirmed coronavirus cases and four fatalities in the Upper Savo district. Image: Sasha Silvala / Yle

Three very elderly people have died of Covid-19 complications at a care facility in Upper Savo. Other residents and staff members have confirmed infections.

The home is overseen by the Ylä-Savon SOTE Joint Municipal Authority, which is based in the North Savo town of Iisalmi, north of Kuopio. It says that those with confirmed infections are in isolation and that those who have been exposed have been contacted and quarantined.

The authority declined to provide any more information, citing privacy and the need to allow the facility to function and cope with the outbreak.

As of Friday, there were 22 confirmed coronavirus cases and four fatalities in the Upper Savo district.

Major care firms confirm cases

Yle said has also learned that coronavirus infections have been confirmed at old-age homes run by major private care operators Mehiläinen, Attendo and Esperi Care.

Mehiläinen and Attendo say that both residents and employees at its old-age homes have Covid-19 infections. Esperi says that infections have only been detected in staff members.

The companies have not announced the exact numbers or locations of these cases.

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