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About the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Countermeasures from April 1
                                                                 April 1, 2020

Oita Prefectural COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

 Based on the Japanese government’s ‘Basic Policies for Countering COVID-19’ and current local events, the Oita Prefecture has comprised the following countermeasures which will be in effect from April 1. 

1    Preventing the further spread of infection

(1)    Request to residents regarding infection prevention
  1. With the arrival of the new fiscal year, the population tends to be more mobile as they engage in events such as  
   school attendance, job hunting and job transfers. Starting from this weekend, we would like to request all residents
   to avoid outings and events that involve crowds unless it is essential. Younger individuals, who often do not exhibit
   symptoms, should exercise extra caution.

For the present time:
  2. Avoid travelling to regions such as Tokyo and Osaka unless it is essential, as these areas have reported an
    increase of patients who have entered Japan from abroad as well as patients whose infection history cannot be 
       traced.
    3. If you have been abroad or travelled to regions such as Tokyo and Osaka from any period starting from March,
      refrain from going outdoors unless essential and keep a record of your health for 2 weeks. In the case of suspected
      infection, immediately consult the closest health centre.

 We would like to remind all residents to:
    4. Refrain from going to work or school and avoid going outdoors if you have a fever or symptoms of a cold.
    5. Thoroughly carry out effective precautionary measures such as handwashing and good cough etiquette.
    6. Avoid locations that fulfil the following three requirements: a) Enclosed spaces with poor ventilation b) Crowded c) 
       Requires you to speak with others in close quarters

(2)    Procedures for large scale events
 The national headquarters have requested the suspension of large-scale events across Japan that fulfil the aforementioned three requirements until further notice.
 If the organiser deems the event essential, precautionary measures must be exercised thoroughly and with care.

(3)    PCR testing framework
 The Oita Prefecture and the Oita City now have a total testing capacity of up to 132 persons per day. If you have questions concerning medical institutions or a case of suspected COVID-19 infection, consult a health centre at your earliest convenience.

(4)    Provision of medical services (securing bed spaces)
 The prefecture takes the issue of preventing the medical system from collapsing in the possible event of further outbreak very seriously. The number of beds designated for infectious diseases and general purposes has been increased to 118 – plans for adding more bed spaces are also in place. 

2     Procedures for schools

(1)    With the infection spreading further within the prefecture and the discovery of younger patients, public schools 
      across Oita are making appropriate preparations for the new school term in accordance to current events. Final
      decisions will be made based on the procedures released in the upcoming meeting between experts across the
      nation.
(2)    Concerning the reopening of public elementary schools, junior high schools and other compulsory education
      institutions as well as local private schools across local municipalities: precautionary measures must be exercised
      thoroughly during opening and enrolment ceremonies.

3      Public Social Education Facilities
(1)    All public social education facilities across Oita shall remain closed as a general rule. The Oita Prefectural Library
      will continue to provide door-to-door loaning services.
(2)    Concerning space rental in public social education facilities, the prefecture would like to remind all event
      organisers to refrain from running the following:
    1. Nationwide large scale events
    2. Events that fulfil the following three requirements: a) Enclosed spaces with poor ventilation b) Crowded c) Requires
       you to speak with others in close quarters

To keep physical interactions to a bare minimum and prevent the further spread of infection, the Liechtenstein exhibition currently convening at the Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM) will remain open only to TOMONOKAI Bivi members in the form of private viewing starting from Apr 3 (applies only to KOTOBUKI, TAKASAGO and UME memberships). Further adjustments will be made based on the event’s outcomes.
OPAM, the Oita Prefectural Museum of History and the Oita Prefectural Centre for Archaeological Research will reopen from Mon, Apr 6. Precautionary measures against the infection will be carried out thoroughly in the facilities with appropriate adjustments made in accordance to up-to-date observations.

4     The economy (supplementary budgeting)
(1)    The supplementary budget scheme passed on Mar 27 will be executed promptly.
(2)    Based on the 2nd iteration of the National COVID-19 Emergency Measures, a range of support geared at business
        owners, fiscal policies on personal finance and prefectural-run institutional funds will remain available in the forms
        of publicly-released information as well as over-the-counter consultations.
(3)    The prefecture will conduct a series of urgent responses including compiling for supplementary budgets as soon as
        the 3rd iteration of the National COVID-19 Emergency Measures is released and summarized.
(4)    To prevent the further spread of infection, workplaces that remain open for essential social and economic 
       services should adhere to the following guidelines:
    1. Thoroughly carry out precautionary measures (e.g. handwashing, good cough etiquette) in and out of the office and
       during commute.
    2. Proactively incorporate telecommuting, staggered working hours and commute on bicycle.
    3. Regularly ventilate the workspace.
    4. Staff showing a fever or symptoms of cold should refrain from working (or make alternative work arrangements
        such as telecommuting) and remain at home.
    5. Employ alternative work arrangements such as video conferences to cut back travel on business trips.

 

Countermeasures from April 1 [PDFファイル/59KB]

About Medication Consultations at the National Hospital Organization Oita Medical Centre

Cases of COVID-19 Infection

Twenty-Ninth of COVID-19 Infection (20:00 Mar31 ,2020)
29th Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/68KB]

Twenty-Eighth of COVID-19 Infection (20:30 Mar29 ,2020)
28th Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/95KB]

Twenty-Sixth and Twenty-Seventh Case of COVID-19 Infection (22:30 Mar27 ,2020)
26th and 27th Case of COVID-19 Infection in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/97KB]

Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Case of COVID-19 Infection(15:30 Mar25 ,2020)

24th and 25th Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/94KB]

Twenty-Third Case of COVID-19 Infection(16:30 Mar24 ,2020)

23rd Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/533KB]

Twenty-Second Case of COVID-19 Infection (21:30 Mar 23,2020)

22nd Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/93KB]

Eighteenth to Twenty-First Case of COVID-19 Infection (Mar 22,2020)

18th~21st Case of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/97KB]

Sixteenth to Seventeenth Case of COVID-19 Infection (Mar 22,2020)

16th and 17th Case of COVID-19 Infection in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/96KB]

Fourteenth to Fifteenth Case of COVID-19 Infection (Mar 22,2020)

14th and 15th Case of COVID-19 Infection in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/97KB]

Tenth to Thirteenth Case of COVID-19 Infection (Mar 21,2020)

Tenth to Thirteenth Case (Mar21,2020) [PDFファイル/123KB]

Ninthe Case of COVID-19 Infextion (Mar 21,2020)

Ninth Case (Mar20,2020) [PDFファイル/205KB]

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Case of COVID-19 Infection (Mar 20, 2020) 

Sixth,Seventh and Eighth Case (Mar 20,2020) [PDFファイル/559KB]

Fourth and Fifth Case of COVID-19 Infection(Mar 20,2020)

Fourth and Fifth Case (Mar20,2020) [PDFファイル/556KB]

Third Case of COVID-19 Infection (Mar 19, 2020)
Third Case of COVID-19 Infection (Mar 19, 2020) [PDFファイル/34KB]

Second Case of COVID-19 Infection (Mar 19, 2020)
Second Case of COVID-19 Infection Reported in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/36KB]

First Case of COVID-19 Infection (Mar 3, 2020)
First Case of COVID-19 Infection Reported in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/102KB
Response to First Case of COVID-19 Infection Reported in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/81KB]

Key Summary from the COVID-19 Countermeasures Experts Meeting

- Japan’s present status - 
Whether displaying minor or severe symptoms, around 80% out of the confirmed patients in Japan have not transmitted the infection onto others. This factor has contributed to slowing the growth of infection in comparison to nations with rapidly rising figures. The outbreak in Japan has yet to escalate at an unsuppressed rates as of March 9, and from this it can concluded that the situation is somewhat under control.

- Long-term outlook -Even if the domestic outbreak has been under control for the time being, it would not be surprising if the infection were to resurface in the short-term future. In face of a global epidemic, recurring cases of infection brought in from overseas can also be anticipated.

- Request to the public -
Transmission clusters have been confirmed in live houses, sport gyms, yakatabune (privately-owned boats) and buffet-style parties. The venues in question share the following three characteristics, and any location posing similar conditions should be avoided whenever possible.

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Avoid the three Cs [PDFファイル/492KB]

Announcement from the Oita Prefectural COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

Four ad hoc meetings between the Oita Prefecture’s department directors were run since Jan 28 2020 in light of recent events. In response to the spreading cases of infection across Japan, the Oita Prefectural COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters Meetings have been established as of Feb 25 2020.

Decision by the headquarters

In Response to the Requests from the Japanese National Novel Coronavirus Response Headquarters (Feb 27, 2020)

In line with the requests of the Japanese Novel Coronavirus Response Headquarters, the Oita Prefecture is making the following responses:

 

1. Temporary Closure of Elementary, Junior High Schools, Senior High Schools, and Special Needs Schools

 (1) For the time being, all prefectural public schools across Oita will temporarily close from March 2.
 (2) The above also applies to public elementary schools, junior high schools, senior high schools and compulsory     
   education institutions run by all of Oita’s administrative municipalities.
 (3) The same request is made to all local private elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools.

 

2. Academic Entrance Exams, Graduation Ceremonies and Other Related Events

 (1) Thorough prevention and control measures should be carried out at academic entrance exams and graduation
    ceremonies, including but not limited to keeping event participation numbers to a bare minimum.
 (2) The same rules apply to all of the prefecture’s public elementary schools, junior high schools, senior high schools,
        compulsory education institutions as well as local private schools.

 

3. Student Dormitories

Student dormitories in educational institutions may continue to operate given that the movement of residents is limited whenever possible.

 

4. Temporary Closure of Prefectural-Run Social Education Facilities

 (1) For the time being, prefectural-run social education facilities such as the Oita Prefectural Library will not be open to public.
 (2) The Oita Prefecture requests that event organizers to refrain from renting public spaces for events with unlimited attendance capacity.

 

5. Daycare and Childcare Facilities

  (1) In line with the Japanese government’s objectives, daycare and childcare facilities will continue operations to best support guardians with their workplace-childcare balance.
  (2) Flexible leave (including but not limited to childcare leave), staggered working hours and telecommuting should be incorporated into the workplace environment.
  (3) The Oita Prefectural Government is actively exercising the working arrangements mentioned in (2), and will investigate for any member of staff applicable to these conditions starting tomorrow.

What is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection?

  The COVID-19 infection is a viral infectious disease like the common cold. Common symptoms include a lingering cough that may last for around a week and a strong sense of fatigue.
  The incubation period between infection and onset can be anywhere between 1 to 12.5 days, though a 5-to-6-day-period seems to be the most common timeframe.
  Out of the cases of pneumonia caused by COVID-19, 80% display minor symptoms, and relatively few children have been diagnosed.

On the other hand, elderlies and individuals with underlying health complications may be more prone to becoming seriously ill.

Methods of transmission for COVID-19 include droplet transmission and contact transmission.

-Droplet Transmission-
The virus is released via the infected individual’s respiratory droplets through actions such as sneezing, coughing and spitting before it is transferred to healthy individuals by contacting surfaces of the eye, mouth or other body parts.

-Indirect Contact Transmission-
The virus is distributed by the infected individual after they sneeze or cough into their hands and touch other surfaces. Transmission occurs via the mucous membrane when healthy individuals touch the contaminated surfaces, and then touch their mouth, nose or other body parts.

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Number of individuals who have undergone PCR testing for COVID-19 (as of Apr. 1, 2020)

23 PCR tests were conducted on April 1, 23 returned negative results and 0 returned positive results.
Out of the total 1,710 tests performed within Oita prefecture, 1,681 returned negative results and 29 returned positive (6 left hospital)..

Current Status Concerning Events and Gatherings

There are currently no restrictions on large-scale gatherings and events as there are no cases of infection discovered in Oita prefecture.

Nonetheless, the prefecture would like to ask organizers to reconsider the progression of gathering and events by examining the possibility of infection and other factors such as venue locations. Organizers should take note of the following points if they wish to progress with events:

1.  Postpone the event if any member among the participants is displaying a fever, respiratory symptoms or other symptoms.

2.  Display posters and/or other materials at the entrance to promote good hygiene practices. Poster contents may include ‘please do not enter if you have a fever or any respiratory symptoms’ and ‘please be mindful of others when coughing’. Other precautionary measures, such as encouraging hand-washing and providing hand-sanitizers, should be exercised whenever possible.

  Hand Washing  Cough Manners

3.   Wearing a mask in a crowded space, especially locations with poor ventilation such as indoor spaces, is considered an effective preventive measure against infection. However, unless the wearer’s surrounding is extremely crowded, the mask’s effect is greatly reduced in outdoor spaces. When providing masks and encouraging mask-usage, be mindful to inform event participants of the correct ways to use a mask.

-How to Use a Mask Correctly-

・    Cover the surface from the nose to the chin thoroughly, leaving no gaps.
・    Do not touch the outer surface of the mask.
・    Remove the mask by holding onto the ear-loops.
・    Wash hands thoroughly after disposing the mask in a bin

To All Residents of the Oita Prefecture

About COVID-19 Consultation Services in Oita prefecture

For queries concerning temporary school closures, 
please contact the Educational Reform and Planning Division:   Tel: 097-506-5433

For queries concerning work conditions, 
please contact the Oita Labour Bureau: Tel: 097-536-0110  Official Page

For queries concerning business operations and financing, 
please contact the Administrative Creation and Finance Division
   Tel: 097-506-3223 (for business operations)
   Tel: 097-506-3226 (for financing)                  Official Page

○Please contact your closest health centre if you wish to receive medical treatment or ask about preventative measures (consultations available 24 hours).

Health Centres

Municipalities

TelephoneFax
(Opening hours only)

E-mail
(Opening hours only)

Oita City Health CentreOita City 097-536-2222097-532-3356hoyobo2@city.oita.lg.jp

Oita Prefectural East Health Centre

Beppu, Kitsuki, Hiji

 0977-67-25110977-67-2512a12080@pref.oita.lg.jp
Kunisaki Health CentreKunisaki, Himeshima 0978-72-11270978-72-3073a12082@pref.oita.lg.jp

Oita Prefectural Central Health Centre

Usuki, Tsukumi 0972-62-91710972-62-9173a12083@pref.oita.lg.jp
Yufu Health CentreYufu 097-582-0660097-582-0691a12084@pref.oita.lg.jp

Oita Prefectural South Health Centre

Saiki 0972-22-05620972-25-0206a12085@pref.oita.lg.jp
Hohi Health CentreTaketa, Bungo-ono 0974-22-01620974-22-7580a12086@pref.oita.lg.jp

Oita Prefectural West Health Centre

Hita, Kokonoe, Kusu

 0973-23-31330973-23-3136a12087@pref.oita.lg.jp

Oita Prefectural North Health Centre

Nakatsu, Usa 0979-22-22100979-22-2211a12089@pref.oita.lg.jp
Bungotakada Health CentreBungotakada 0978-22-31650978-22-2684a12091@pref.oita.lg.jp

Oita Prefectural Office’s opening hours: 08:30~17:15, Mon ~ Fri (excluding public holidays)

○For queries other than receiving treatment for COVID-19

*Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Tel 0120-565653 (toll-free)
 (Reception hours: 09:00~21:00 including Saturdays and public holidays)

*Oita Prefecture Office COVID-19 Consultations Desk TEL:097-506-2775
                                    FAX:097-506-1735
                                    E-mail:a12210@pref.oita.lg.jp

*Oita City  COVID-19 Consultations Hotline 097-547-8235 (09:00~17:00 Mon~Fri)

Oita City’s Official homepage (URL

〇Call Centre for foreign travelers

 Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)’s consultation services are available to foreign travelers 24 hours daily.
 The Japan Visitor Hotline offers multilingual services. For queries concerning COVID-19, please contact:
 TEL: 050-3816-2787 (URL)

※ If you have visual or hearing impairments, or face any other difficulties in telephone communication, please contact the Oita Prefecture via facsimile or email.

Visiting a medical facility – please follow the points below to help control the spread of COVID-19in Japan

1 If you have a fever or symptoms of a cold:

○ Measure your body temperature with a thermometer if you feel feverish
○ Before you visit a medical facility, call in advance and report any cold-like symptoms
○ Wear a mask during your consultations whenever possible
○ If you are showing symptoms of a cold, do not go to school or work and prevent from going outdoors overall

 

2 If you have the symptoms listed below, please seek advice from your nearest health centre (Consultation Centre for Overseas Returnees and Individuals with Suspected Contact) even if you are currently receiving treatment. Individuals suspected of infection will receive special consultations at medical institutions equipped for infectious diseases.

○Has a fever of 37.5°Cor above for 4 days or more
○Feels severely tired and has difficulty breathing

If you have travelled to endemic areas* or have been in close contact with individuals who have done so, and currently displaying a fever and/or respiratory symptoms, please consult your closest health centre.

  (‘Close contact’ refers to living in the same household or being in close quarters over extended periods of time (e.g. inside a car or plane), and does not include passing each other momentarily)

* Endemic areas (as of Mar 11, 2020)

China: Hubei Province, Zhejiang Province

South Korea: Daegu, Cheongdo County in North Gyeongsang Province, Gyeongsan, Andong, Yeongcheon,
                   Chilgok County in North Gyeongsang Province, Uiseong County in North Gyeongsang Province,
                   Seongju in North Gyeongsang Province, Gunwi County in North Gyeongsang Province

Iran: Qom Province, Tehran Province, Gilan Province, Alborz Province, Isfahan Province, Qazvin Province, 
       Golestan Province,Semnan Province, Mazandaran Province, Markazi Provincem, Lorestan Province

Italy: Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Marche, Lombardy

Republic of San Marino

 【~To All Residents of Oita Prefecture~】

 Japanese [PDFファイル/121KB]  English [PDFファイル/83KB]  Chinese [PDFファイル/143KB]  Korean [PDFファイル/140KB]

Infection Prevention

・Frequent hand-washing and wearing a mask in public is recommended
 - these actions are also effective against the currently wide-spreading influenza.

・Use hand sanitizers.
・Wear a mask if you experience respiratory symptoms such as coughing, a runny nose or a sore throat.
 When you don’t have a mask, sneeze or cough into your elbow instead of your hands.

 ○DIY Mask

  How to Make DIY Mask (Japanese)    Template of DIY Mask

  How to Make DIY Mask (English)

  How to Make DIY Mask (Chinese)

  How to Make DIY Mask (Korean)

Diagnosis and prescription using telephone or other communication devices

~To individuals with chronic medical conditions~
To control the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, individuals with chronic conditions receiving regular medical advice who require medication for pre-diagnosed illnesses can now obtain diagnosis over telephone and other communication devices (hereinafter referred to as ‘telephone etc.’) through certain doctors. Retrieving medication from chemists using faxed prescriptions is also now possible.

 
*Attention
The availability of the services will be decided by the patient’s frequented family doctor based on factors such as convenience and effectiveness. Please consult your family doctor to inquire about these services.

 Suspected cases of COVID-19 infection must be confirmed through face-to-face diagnosis. Prescriptions cannot be likewise made over telephone etc.

 Additionally, prescriptions sent over facsimile or other devices must be of previously prescribed medication for chronic conditions.

Considerations for human rights in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak

Following the global outbreak, the Oita prefecture has also reported its first case of COVID-19 infection.

Defamatory posts based on unverified information have subsequently appeared on social media –these posts are discriminatory and damaging towards the patient, the treating medical staff and people of certain nationalities.

Acts of human rights violation including discrimination and bullying founded on baseless information in relations to COVID-19 will not be tolerated. The Oita Prefecture requests all residents to obtain information released by the national, prefectural and local municipal governments via credible sources, and to remain calm in face of the events.

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