Experiences from Jyväskylä during the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus is wrecking havoc and afflicting people all over the world. Jyväskylä and Finland are also having their share of the plague and seeing how lives of many people have suddenly turned upside down.

Up till today, Finland has had 4,695 coronavirus infections and 193 deaths. At the moment, 27 April, 2020, we have 123 confirmed coronavirus infections and two deaths in the Central Finland Health Care District. However, this is not the whole truth, because those who have mild symptoms are not tested. All in all, however, the coronavirus situation in Jyväskylä and Central Finland is still relatively good. The virus has not yet reached the epidemic level. Only a few people have been hospitalised because of the coronavirus, and the hospital’s bed wards and intensive care unit are big enough to accommodate all those who need treatment. Health care professionals are also prepared, should the situation deteriorate.
A number of of Jyväskylä’s services, such as libraries, swimming halls, sports halls, theatres, museums and sports facilities are closed. The City’s decision-making bodies have their meetings online, and with very few exceptions, all City Hall workers are now working remotely.

The City is doing all it can to take care of its residents during the emergency. For example, the City is making a phone call to each of its residents who is over 70. Families with children are also faced with entirely new challenges. More than 97 percent of Jyväskylä’s basic education pupils and students are currently studying at home. Instead of a digital leap, the schools had to make a triple leap in just a few days.

As a result, the City was able to arrange home schooling for over 12,000 pupils and students. The coronavirus is also taking its toll on industry and Jyväskylä’s economy. Enterprises and companies are suffering enormous economic losses because of the virus. The City of Jyväskylä is providing economic help to the struggling businesses (e.g., flexibility in payments, purchases, invoicing).
Our main priority now is to overcome the coronavirus pandemic together. We look forward to the time when we will be able to meet again face-to-face and continue our cooperation with full speed.

Listen to Mayor Timo Koivisto reviews the coronavirus situation in Jyväskylä on 23 April, 2020 (YouTube, choose English as subtitle language) 

Ms Satu Heikkinen
International Relations Manager
City of Jyväskylä
City Administration/International Relations
City Hall, Vapaudenkatu 32
P.O.Box 193, FI – 40101 Jyväskylä
Tel. +358 14 266 1561
Mobile +358 50 325 5110