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About the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Considerations for human rights in relation to Covid-19

Future Measures for Matters on COVID-19

Future Measures for Matters on COVID-19

Aug 4, 2020
COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

  Recently, a rising trend in COVID-19 has not only been observed in the Greater Tokyo Area, but also across Japan in regions such as Kyushu and Okinawa. On July 28, Oita reported more patients since observing its last case 98 days ago; the prefecture subsequently reported 10 more patients over the span of one week.

  Nevertheless, the infection rate last week in the midst of the Go To Travel campaign only accounts for 0.88 person per 100,000 population, placing Oita twelfth across the nation and the lowest in Kyushu in terms of infection ratio. In addition, bed occupancy rate is currently at 3.0%, an indication that the healthcare system is not facing any pressure.

  We were only able to attain such results thanks to our residents’ understanding and assistance towards infection control, a matter for which we are truly grateful.

  On the other hand, almost all recent local cases can be attributed to travels outside of the prefecture or coming in contact with individuals from outside of Oita. As we enter Obon following this weekend, a period when people will be busy visiting their families, we will like to make the following requests to all local residents and incoming visitors.

1.      To local residents
(1)   We would like to remind all residents to thoroughly adopt the ‘new normal’ by practicingdiligent handwashing,
      following good cough etiquette, wearing facemasks, partaking in social distancing and avoiding the overlap of the 3Cs
      (closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded and close-contact settings).
(2)   Remain alert to trends occurring in different regions and act according to circumstances.

2.      To visitors
(1)   If you are returning to Oita to visit your family, please avoid sitting face-to-face across one another or speaking
     loudly during group meals or gatherings, in particular when there are elderlies in your presence.
(2)   To correspond to visitors travelling in Oita, the Oita Prefecture has compiled the ‘Infection Control Measures
     Checklist for Accommodation Facilities’ with the assistance of ryokan and hotels. As part of these measures, dining
     facilities will be displaying ‘Reassurance is Appetising’ (‘Anshin wa Oishii’) notices sourced from the infection
     control checklist website of the same name – we greatly look forward to treating you with hospitality that gives you
     peace of mind.

3.      To business operators
(1)   We request that business operators continue taking proper measures based on industry-specific contents of the
    ‘Infection Control Measures Checklist for Accommodation Facilities’, and to conduct all other appropriate actions.
(2)   Ryokan and hotels should actively utilise the ‘Infection Control Measures Checklist for Accommodation Facilities’,
     a series of guidelines that was compiled by the sectors in conjunction with the Oita Prefecture. Dining facilities
     should thoroughly carry out measures for infection control, such as putting up ‘Reassurance is Appetising’ notices
     sourced from the infection control checklist website of the same name.(3)   To identify patients at an early stage,
     we would like to remind medical institutions, facilities for elderlies and facilities for people with disabilities to promptly
     conduct in-facility PCR testing whenever necessary.

The Governor’s Message on the Discovery of New Patients in Oita

Concerning the 61st and 62nd Case in Oita

 Oita confirmed its 61st and 62nd case of infection today. The last case was discovered 98 days ago.

 The patients include a female company worker in her thirties who resides in Oita City, and a male company worker in his thirties who belongs to the same household.

 We would like to remind all residents to engage in practices of the new normal. Specific actions include diligent handwashing, following good cough etiquette, wearing facemasks, staying a safe distance from each other and avoiding the overlap of the 3Cs (closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded and close-contact settings). Furthermore, we request that residents remain alert to trends occurring in different regions and act according to circumstances.

 Business operators should also continue taking proper measures based on industry-specific infection-prevention guidelines, and to conduct all other appropriate actions.

 This is particularly relevant to accommodation and dining facilities that are currently partaking in the Go To Travel campaign. Please ensure to utilise the Infectious Disease Control Checklist composed by relevant sectors, and conduct all measures to prevent the further spread of infection.

                                                                                                             Jul 28, 2020
                                                                                                             Katsusada Hirose, Governor of Oita

Requests from the Joint Session of COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

Requests from the Joint Session of COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters and the Emergency Revitalisation of Socio-Economic Activities Headquarters

 July 21, 2020

COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

Emergency Revitalisation of Socio-Economic Activities Headquarters

 

Starting from April 22, Oita has not recorded any new patient for 90 days consecutively. We would like to use the opportunity today to thank all residents for their understanding and cooperation towards our efforts in containing the spread of infection.

On the other hand, we must act with caution as the number of cases increase in Tokyo and its surrounding regions since the lifting of travelling restrictions from June 19.

Meanwhile, we are working with residents and business operators alike to place our energy in revitalising social and economic activities in conjunction with our infection control efforts. Starting from tomorrow, the ‘Go To Travel Campaign’ will kick off across the nation. Following the timing of events, the joint session would like to make the following requests:

COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

1                        We request that residents continue through with the ‘New Lifestyle’ guidelines. Specific practices include diligent handwashing, following good cough etiquette, wearing face masks, staying a safe distance from each other and avoiding the overlap of the 3Cs (closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded and close-contact settings).

2                        While there are no travel restrictions in place, we ask that residents remain alert to trends occurring in different regions and act according to circumstances.

3                        To support the healthcare system and prevent the occurrence of clusters, the Oita Prefecture will enforce the following – when necessary, medical institutions essential to infection control will be asked to conduct in-facility PCR testing on all onsite persons, including those who are not close-contacts of COVID-19 patients. Facilities for groups at higher risks for severe symptoms, such as elderlies and people with disabilities, will also be asked to comply.

4                        In the July floods this year, there was concern towards the possibility of infections occurring inside evacuation shelters. To address this matter, we have executed various infection control measures. These included increasing shelter numbers, ensuring that shelters had adequate space, conducting body temperature checks and health check-up interviews at reception, encouraging hand sanitization and regularly ventilating indoor spaces.

 Under the event of a possible future disaster, the Oita Prefecture strives to follow through with the infection control measures above while working alongside local municipalities.

 Emergency Revitalisation of Socio-Economic Activities

1                        When it comes to the revitalisation of social and economic activities, we have witness an increased usage in support services geared at sustaining everyday life, business operations and employment. The joint session aims to continue promoting such services in future.

2                        We request that business operators continue taking proper measures based on industry-specific infection-prevention guidelines, and to conduct all other appropriate actions.

3                        Concerning tourism, we hold high expectations for the ‘Go To Travel Campaign’, designed to revitalise the severely impacted tourism-related industries. While the residents of Tokyo are ineligible to the campaign, we ask for your patience before we come up with new travel programmes based on our observation on trends occurring in different regions.

4                        To best prepare ourselves as hospitable hosts, the Oita Prefecture has compiled a sophisticated checklist for ryokan and hotels ahead of all other prefectures; dining facilities will thoroughly carry out infection control measures such as displaying ‘Reassurance is Appetising’ (‘Anshin wa Oishii’) checklist notices – we greatly look forward to treating you with hospitality that gives you peace of mind.

5                        Due to the impact of the July floods, affected areas will delay their participation in the ‘Go To Travel Campaign’. To ensure that these areas also benefit from the campaign, the Oita Prefecture is considering the implementation of relevant measures for tourism promotion, and is in the process of making requests to the national government.

Traveling in the New Normal

Guidelines for Consultations & Medical Visits ~ To All Residents ~

Guidelines for Consultations & Medical Visits

【Support menu for people of Oita affected by the COVID-19 pandemic】

 On April 28th, Oita prefecture adopted a supplementary budget to address the problems caused by the spread of COVID-19, the government’s supplemental budget was passed on April 30th.

Each municipality is taking action to respond to financial hardship caused as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we would like to inform you of support mechanisms we are putting in place to assist the people of Oita. 

We recognize that many are struggling due to the spread of this new viral strain, and we encourage residents to make the most of this assistance as needed.
Benefit
Guide to Special Cash Payments [PDFファイル/86KB]
Guidance on Temporary Loan Emergency Funds [PDFファイル/37KB]
Helpful Apps and Websites in the Event of Disaster [PDFファイル/2.54MB]

Cases of COVID-19 Infection

158th Case of COVID-19 Infection(16:00 Sep 9, 2020)
158th Case of COVID-19 Infection [PDFファイル/100KB]

154th to 157th Case of COVID-19 Infection(16:00 Sep 5, 2020)
154th to 157th Case of COVID-19 Infection [PDFファイル/105KB]

152nd to 153rd Case of COVID-19 Infection(16:00 Sep 4, 2020)
152nd to 153rd Case of COVID-19 Infection [PDFファイル/102KB]

151st Case of COVID-19 Infection(16:00 Sep 3, 2020)
151st Case of COVID-19 Infection [PDFファイル/99KB]

148th to 150th Case of COVID-19 Infection(16:00 Sep 2, 2020)
148th to 150th Case of COVID-19 Infection [PDFファイル/104KB]

146th to 147th Case of COVID-19 Infection(16:00 Sep 1, 2020)
146th to 147th Case of COVID-19 Infection  [PDFファイル/640KB]

1st~145th Reports

About recuperation in accommodation facilities for COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms

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]

Advice for Households ~8 Points to Keep in Mind~

If someone in your family has a suspected case of COVID-19, follow the 8 points stated to prevent the further spread of infection within the household.
The guidelines are also applicable to individuals who have recently returned from abroad or regions reporting high patient numbers.

Advice for Households ~8 Points to Keep in Mind~ [PDFファイル/550KB]

Advice for Households with a Suspected COVID-19 Patient (Summarised by the Japanese Society for Infection Prevention and Control)

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 Sep 17, 2020)

201 persons have undergone PCR testing on Sep 17, 201 returned negative results and 0 returned positive.

Out of the 15,145 tests performed within Oita prefecture, 14,987 returned negative results and 158 returned positive (Patients released from hospital: 151, death toll: 2)

Hand Washing and Cough Manners

1.  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

2.   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

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 assistance for special leave granted to guardians (and the new subsidy policy) in response to the temporary closure of elementary schools and other educational institutions
please contact  Employment Practice and Equal Opportunities Office, the Oita Labour Bureau                  
   Tel: 097-532-4025

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

For queries concerning agricultural businesses and financing Cooperatives Guidance and Finance Division          
   Tel 097-506-3613                                      Official Page

Consultations for business owners affected by the prefectural government’s recommendations (telephone hotline)
   Tel 0120-936-692                                      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

The health centres correspond in 19 languages.
(English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malay, Tagalog, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Burmese, Khmer, Mongolian, Sinhala)

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.

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.


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