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About the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Regarding Future Measures in Response to COVID-19(Mar 3, 2021)

Regarding Future Measures in Response to COVID-19

Mar 3, 2021
COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters
Emergency Revitalisation of Socio-Economic Activities Headquarters

1 Looking back on the past year in Oita Prefecture.

(1) A year has gone by since the first case of COVID-19 infection was confirmed in Oita Prefecture.

In addition to stringent adherence to basic infection-prevention measures, Oita’s residents have demonstrated vigilance when it comes to group dining and travelling to-and-from severely affected regions, for which we are truly grateful.

Moreover, we express our utmost gratitude to frontline healthcare workers and welfare workers who dutifully devote themselves to their assignments.

Through proactive epidemiological investigations and analysing the causes and routes of infection, the prefecture has thus far dedicated to halting infection clusters at their earlier stages whenever a patient is discovered.

Following the full-fledged vaccination rollout for healthcare workers, we shall proceed with plans to vaccinate the elderlies, workers in elderly care facilities, and other groups in order – the prefecture shall continue working alongside local municipalities, medical associations and other associated parties on the matter.

(2) Concerning local infection statuses, newly confirmed patient numbers have fallen to single digits from the beginning of February.

Due to falling patient numbers, hospital bed occupancy rates have dropped to below 10%, which meet the requirements for the Stage I alert. Other evaluation factors, such as the number of new infection cases per 100,000 population, have also retained low levels. Oita Prefecture’s infection alert level is expected to revert to Stage I for the first time in 3 months ever since the prefecture was declared a Stage II alert on November 28.

 

2 Infection control measures

Based on latest infection statuses, the prefecture requests that residents adhere to the following infection-control measures until late March.

(1) Group dining

 (1)Residents are free to dine between family members and co-workers. However, we request adherence to infection control measures through actions such as wearing facemasks and lowering speaking volume during conversations, making seating arrangements (e.g. sitting diagonally opposite to one another as opposed to directly opposite), avoiding crowded and close-contact settings, dining in smaller groups and reducing contact hours

 (2)Adhere to (1) even when dining in regions with low infection case numbers.

 (3)When dining in larger groups, take care in avoiding the overlap of the 3Cs (closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings) by placing special attention to seating arrangements, and avoid moving between tables.

 (4)When dining out, look for the POP display ‘Reassurance is Appetising’ (‘Anshin wa oishii’ ‘安心はおいしい’) and choose establishments that follow Guidelines for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19.
 (5) As regions undergo different phases of the State of Emergency, exercise caution when dining with residents from areas where requests for self-quarantine and shortening of business hours are in effect.

(2) Travelling for work and leisure

 (1)The prefecture upholds the stance that residents are free to travel to-and-from regions with low cases of infection. However, we recommend avoiding dining sessions in crowded settings and adherence to other infection-control measures.

 (2)Avoid non-essential, non-urgent travels to-and-from regions covered by the State of Emergency.

 (3)As regions undergo different phases of the State of Emergency, reconsider travelling to-and-from areas where requests for self-quarantine and shortening of business hours are in effect. Adhere to local infection-control measures if you wish to travel to said regions.

 (4)Senior residents and those with underlying medical conditions should avoid settings that may cause overlap of the 3Cs.

(3) Events

 (1)In addition to strict adherence to infection control guidelines, admission capacity shall be limited to up to 50% of the maximum capacity.

 (2)For events that do not require speaking loudly or cheering (e.g. classical music concerts) held in facilities with an admission capacity of up to 10,000 people, actual admission shall be adjusted to up to 5,000 people regardless of (1).

(4) Basic infection control measures

 (1)Adhere to basic infection control measures and avoid the overlap of the 3Cs through actions such as diligent handwashing, practicing good respiratory hygiene, usage of facemasks and social distancing.

 (2)Regularly ventilate rooms to moderate temperature and humidity (ideally keeping temperature at 18°C or above, and humidity at 40% or above).

 

3  Revitalisation of socio-economic activities

The prefecture shall continue its work on socio-economic revitalisation based on the interest of infection control.

 (1)Applications for higher/extra funding of relief funds for business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as capital investment subsidies for small-to-medium scale manufacturing businesses, have opened from February 26. Funds are distributed approximately 10 days from initial application.

 (2)In response to local, tourism-related industries impacted by the suspension of the GoTo Travel, a discount campaign exclusive to Oita Prefecture’s residents is due to be released by March 20 before schools enter spring vacation. The prefecture is currently making preparations for the campaign, and strongly encourage residents to enjoy in-prefecture travels by taking advantage of the service.

 (3)The Oita Prefecture has released the Oita Miryoku Coupon (Oita miryoku kuupon-ken [おおいた味力食うぽん券]), i.e. Go To Eat vouchers valued at 25% higher than the retail cost vouchers, with an accumulated value of 6 billion yen; as of the end of February, we have made a sale of approximately 5.6 billion yen in total. The vouchers’ usage period lasts until the end of June, and remaining stocks are low. We strongly encourage residents to make a purchase and enjoy COVID-19 safe dining experiences. Currently, the prefecture is also considering releasing dining vouchers valued at 20% higher than the retail cost.

 

4  Conclusion

As we enter the end of the financial year, a period for graduation ceremonies, farewell parties, job transfers and group dining sessions, the prefecture would like to remind residents to remain vigilant towards infection control measures.

The Oita Prefecture requests for ongoing cooperation from residents and business operators alike in our work in preventing future outbreaks and socio-economic revitalisation.

Regarding Future Measures in Response to COVID-19(Mar 3) [PDFファイル/118KB]

Notice for citizens and business owners

Infection prevention measure “Before Winter”

Nov 13, 2020
COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

○Effects of dropping temperatures and humidity
 ・Droplets which may carry the virus stay airborne longer and can travel
    greater distances.
 ・The virus can survive longer periods outside the body.
 ・Using heating devices can create a "closed space.”
 ・Easier to get infected due to the decreased defensive mechanism of the throat’s mucous membrane.

→ With all the increased risks listed above, let’s prevent an outbreak this winter by following these procedures:

1.Thoroughness in basic infection prevention measures
  (1) Strict enforcement of washing hands and coughing etiquette
  (2) Wearing a mask properly (Wear a mask even you have no symptoms)
  (3) Maintain physical distances and avoid the “3Cs”
  (4) Practice a “new lifestyle” post-COVID-19
   ・Think carefully about seating arrangements for dinner meetings to reduce infection risk and enjoy your meal.

2.Ensure adequate ventilation
  (1) Make use of “mechanical ventilation” such as ventilation fans to provide constant ventilation.
  (2) Open windows and doors for “natural ventilation”.
  ・Recommended room temperature is above 18℃.

3. Appropriate humidity
  (1) Control humidity in the room by using a humidifier or drying laundry indoors.
  ・Reccomended humidity is above 40

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Request to all residents (on seeking medical consultations when displaying a fever or other cold-like symptoms)

(1)   How to request for medical consultations when you have a fever

     If you are experiencing a fever or other cold-like symptoms, refrain from going to work or school, and consult your family doctor or a nearby medical institution over the phone. If your family doctor cannot provide direct assistance, you will be referred to a designated nearby medical institution.

     To avoid congestion and other forms of complication, the names of designated medical institutions will not be revealed publically. If you do not have a family doctor, wish to make an afterhours consultation, or otherwise feel uncertain about whom to contact, please direct your call to the Medical Visit Consultations Centre, a service available from Nov 9 (Tel: 097-506-2755. Hours: 09:00~21:00). The consultations centre will subsequently refer you to a designated nearby medical institution. The centre runs regularly from late November yearly during influenza season, and will be available for 24-hours daily starting from Nov 16.

 (2)   Basic infection prevention measures

     We would like to remind residents to adapt to the new normal through actions such as thorough handwashing, practising good cough etiquette, wearing facemasks and avoiding the overlap of the 3Cs.

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Installing the COVID-19 contact tracing application COCOA

The contact tracing application COCOA was developed by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as part of the effort to contain the spread COVID-19. COCOA is a smartphone application that delivers information on instances of potential contact with COVID-19 patients.

For your safety, the safety of those around you and the wellbeing of the greater community, we strongly encourage all residents to make use of the COCOA application.

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*Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare webpage: (URL)

Considerations for human rights in relation to Covid-19

(Past Notice)
Regarding Future Measures in Response to COVID-19(Feb 3, 2021) [PDFファイル/95KB]
Regarding Future Measures in Response to COVID-19(Jan 22) [PDFファイル/169KB]
Future Measures in Response to the State of Emergency (Jan 8, 2021) [PDFファイル/293KB]
Actions related to COVID-19 during the New Year Holidays(Dec 21, 2020) [PDFファイル/161KB]
Future action related to COVID-19 (Dec.8.2020) [PDFファイル/153KB]
Current Status of COVID-19 [PDFファイル/96KB]
Notice Concerning Group Dining
Future Measures Concerning Influenza Season Preparations and the [PDFファイル/54KB]
Future Measures for Matters on COVID-19 [PDFファイル/521KB]
61st & 62nd Case of COVID-19 Infection in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/102KB]
Requests from the Joint Session of COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters and the Emergency Revitalisation of Socio-Economic Activities Headquarters [PDFファイル/56KB]
Traveling in the New Normal
Concerning the Overall Lifting of Travel Restrictions and Relevant Measures [PDFファイル/49KB]
Concerning the Lifting of the State of Emergency and Relevant Measures from May 26th[PDFファイル/111KB]
Lifting of the State of Emergency from May 15 and Relevant Measures  [PDFファイル/99KB]
‘New Lifestyle’ [PDFファイル/432KB]
Extension of the “Declaration of the State of Emergency” and correspondence from May 7th. [PDFファイル/421KB]
Measures in Response to COVID-19 (as of April 27, 2020) [PDFファイル/97KB]
Suspension of Services from Recreational Facilities to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 [PDFファイル/66KB]
Measures from April 18 Concerning Preventing the Further Spread of Infection Following the Extension of the State of Emergency [PDFファイル/42KB]
Measures Concerning Schools and Other Institutions from Apr 17 [PDFファイル/49KB]
Measures from April 15 [PDFファイル/103KB]
The Governor of Oita Prefecture’s Comments on Receiving the Japanese Government’s State of Emergency Declaration on COVID-19 [PDFファイル/36KB]
Measures from April 8 [PDFファイル/88KB]Countermeasures from April 1 [PDFファイル/59KB

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]

Evaluation for stages of alert

英語
※When the number of infected people per week is below 10, "Cases of unknown transmission routes (per week)" are not evaluated.

Cases of COVID-19 Infection

1297th Case of COVID-19 Infection(15:00 Mar 5, 2021)
1297th Case of COVID-19 Infection [PDFファイル/24KB]

 

1296th Case of COVID-19 Infection(15:00 Mar 4, 2021)
1296th Case of COVID-19 Infection [PDFファイル/34KB]

 

1295th Case of COVID-19 Infection(15:00 Mar 3, 2021)
1295th Case of COVID-19 Infection [PDFファイル/24KB]

 

1294th Case of COVID-19 Infection(15:00 Mar 2, 2021)
1294th Case of COVID-19 Infection [PDFファイル/23KB]

 

1st~1293rd 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 Mar 7, 2021)

 21 persons have undergone PCR testing on Mar 7, 21 returned negative results and 0

returned positive.  

Out of the 82,536 tests performed within Oita prefecture, 81,239 returned negative results and 1,297 returned positive (Patients released from hospital: 1,257 death toll: 22)

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.

Reference Link

 ○ To prevent infection at a gathering https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOus-zH8Xpg

 ○ If you have symptoms of Covid-19   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gton66F0Zd0

 ○ If you are notified that you were in close contact with an infected person  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67-RHyAOk-k

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