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Information from the Oita Prefectural Government

Announcements concerning COVID-19

Japanese:http://www.pref.oita.jp/site/covid19-oita/
English:http://www.pref.oita.jp/site/covid19-oita/0508coronavirus2019-english.html
Simplified Chinese:http://www.pref.oita.jp/site/covid19-oita/0508coronavirus2019-simplifiedchinese.html
Korean:https://www.pref.oita.jp/site/covid19-oita/0530coronavirus2019-korean.html

受診相談センターじゅしんそうだんせんたー」(097-506-2755:受付時間9:00~21:00)
https://www.pref.oita.jp/site/covid19-oita/covid-19-jushin-soudan-center.html

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

Feb 3, 2021

COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

Emergency Revitalisation of Socio-Economic Activities Headquarters

1 State Of Emergency Extended

As per the announcement by the Government of Japan yesterday, although there is a downward trend in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo and other regions that fall under the state of emergency, the healthcare framework continues to face ongoing pressures; along these lines, the state of emergency has been extended to March 7.

The Oita Prefecture reminds residents to refrain from travelling to the aforementioned regions for non-essential, non-urgent matters; we also strongly suggest that residents reconsider decisions to dine with individuals who come from these areas.

2 Thoroughly Carrying Out Basic Infection Measures

The prefecture reminds residents to adhere to basic infection control measures through actions such as avoiding the 3Cs (closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings), diligent handwashing, practicing good respiratory hygiene and correct usage of facemasks. Lately, we have confirmed multiple cases among younger patients linked to karaoke outings. In light of recent events, we would like to remind all residents to adhere to basic infection control measures stringently.

3 Response to Clusters Confirmed in Elderly Care Facilities and Other Similar Facilities

Late last month, infection clusters were discovered in three elderly care facilities. We have concluded that these cases were likely spread by staff members with mild symptoms such as a sore throat, who may have neglected testing due to busy work schedules.

The prefecture urges tenants and staff in elderly care facilities to receive testing promptly upon any sign of a fever, sore throat or coughing. In response to recent events, the prefecture has swiftly distributed rapid test kits to all local residential-type elderly care facilities and disability care facilities so that staff may readily partake in testing. We request that facility members make use of these resources to assist our efforts in infection control.

4 Revitalisation of Socio-Economic Activities

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

  1. Increasing the value and/or providing extra funding of COVID-19 relief funds for applicable businesses,
  2. Establishing new deals for local residents to encourage in-prefecture travel,
  3. Expanding consumption for Wagyu beef, premium-grade fish, flowers and other items that are facing lower consumer demands due to slowdowns in events and dine outs,
  4. Supporting the convention of marriage ceremonies and reception banquets in a safe manner based on pre-set guidelines.

Supplementary budgets may be available upon inspecting the points above.

5 Supporting Dining Facilities

Owing to the efforts of operators and patrons alike, no infection clusters have been discovered in local, participating businesses of the Go To Eat campaign. Oita is the only prefecture in Kyushu that has yet to suspend the sales and usage of Go to Eat vouchers at the time of this announcement.

To better support dining facilities, residents may choose to purchase 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. The Oita Prefecture has thus far released vouchers with an accumulated value of 6 billion yen; as of January 31, we have made a sale of approximately 4.1 billion yen in total, of which 1.9 billion has been spent. Voucher sales will last until the end of February, while the usage period has been extended until the end of June. We strongly encourage residents to make a purchase, since there is still ample time to use the service.

In addition to our previous suggestion of reconsidering dining sessions with individuals from regions that fall under the state of emergency, the prefecture recommends that residents exercise caution when dining with family members, work colleagues and other affiliates through avoiding the overlap of the 3Cs and using facemasks when not eating.

Aside from the usage of facemasks, we urge residents to always implement infection prevention measures such as sitting diagonally opposite (as opposed to directly opposite) to one another, avoiding moving from table to table, dining in smaller groups, and reducing contact hours when dining out. Through tenacious efforts from operator and patrons alike, we hope to create an enjoyable dining environment for all. Furthermore, we are considering communicating with applicable businesses to boost usage of dining facilities.

In conjunction to the Oita Miryoku Coupon, municipalities across the prefecture are enforcing various other measures. In this respect, we shall continue working alongside municipalities while meeting demands posed by differing circumstances.

Concurrent with adopting all possible infection control measures to protect the wellbeing and health of residents, the Oita Prefecture strives to employ efforts to better support the spheres of daily life, employment, and business operations. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in the matter.

Regarding Future Measures in Response to COVID-19(Feb 3, 2021) [PDFファイル/95KB]

 

 

Future Measures in Response to the State of Emergency

Jan 8, 2021

COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

In response to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Tokyo Area, the Government of Japan has declared a state of emergency for Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa in accordance to the ‘Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response’.

While the Oita Prefecture had projected confirming approximately 10 new cases daily around the New Year period, actual daily averages have hit around 20 in the past few days, accumulating to 100 hospitalisation cases for the first time ever at the time of this announcement. Hospital occupancy rate lies at 28%, rising above the 20% criteria for the Stage 3 phase. These observations indicate that we are currently in a position of grave concern.

Many cases of infection have been officially traced back to individuals travelling from outside of Oita, as well as group dining between family members and acquaintances inside of restaurants or homes.

In light of the state of emergency and recent events, the Oita Prefecture implores that residents adhere to the following measures.

  1. Refrain from travelling across prefectures for non-urgent, non-essential matters.

    Reconsider travelling to regions with rising cases, even if your destination does not fall under the state of emergency. Pay close attention to trends occurring across different regions and act according to circumstances.

    If you experience a fever or cold-like symptoms on returning from regions with rising cases / regions that fall under the state of emergency, contact your family doctor or a consultations centre immediately. (TEL 097-506-2755)

  2. Continue to exercise extra caution during group dining sessions.

    The suggestion above is also applicable to dining sessions with family members who have returned from regions with rising cases / regions that fall under the state of emergency.

    When dining out, the prefecture recommends looking for the POP display ‘Reassurance is Appetising’ (‘Anshin wa oishii’ ‘安心はおいしい’) and choosing establishments that follow Guidelines for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19.

    Always implement infection prevention measures such as wearing a mask during conversations, refraining from talking loudly, sitting diagonally opposite to each other, avoiding crowded, close-contact settings, dining in smaller groups, as well as reducing contact hours.

  3. The Oita Prefecture strongly suggests that residents adhere to the abovementioned guidelines until the state of emergency is lifted. In addition, we would like to remind residents to partake in the following actions:
  1. Wash hands diligently, practice good cough etiquette and wear a mask correctly. Exercise social distancing, avoid the 3Cs and conduct basic infection control measures.
  2. Ventilate indoor spaces frequently and maintain appropriate heating and humidity levels.

(Rooms should ideally be heated to temperatures of 18°C or above, with humidity levels of 40% or higher)

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

December 21, 2020

COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

In light of the multiple cases of infection that have occurred within a short span of time from mid-November, the headquarters had previously made various suggestions during the December 8 meeting. At the time, the headquarters requested that all residents adhere to the following measures until the end of the year:

(1)        Exercise extra caution when planning group dining and drinking sessions in eating facilities, since many cases can be attributed to such settings;

(2)        Individuals aged in the 60-70 age group or above, who tend to pose higher risks for developing severe conditions, should adhere to infection prevention measures thoroughly when going outdoors –crowded areas that may cause overlap of the 3Cs, in particular, should be avoided.

 

Owing to the efforts of residents, the Oita Prefecture has lately recorded fewer than 10 cases per day. Moreover, hospital bed occupancy rates have dropped to 16.9%, falling lower than the 20% criteria for the Stage 3 phase.

 

Based on these observations, we believe that Oita currently remains at the Stage 2 phase, which still indicates a high burden on the medical structure.

 

Observations from the past two weeks show that:

  1. There has been a 1.6 time increase in patients aged in their twenties – most of these cases can be traced back to group dining and drinking sessions in either dining facilities or the patient’s own homes.
  2. Owing to the cooperation from members of the 60-to-70-or-above age group, both infection and hospitalisation cases have decreased within the same age group. We remain at a precarious position, however, since patients from this age group still account for a high percentage of hospitalisation cases, not to mention that the number of severe cases have been increasing gradually.

 

Following these premises, the prefecture requests that residents pay close attention to the following points:

 

1  The main cause of infection among younger patients can be attributed to group dining and drinking sessions in either restaurants or homes. Consequently, residents in this age group should exercise extra caution when planning Christmas parties, countdown events, New Year parties and other similar events. In addition, we recommend looking out for the POP display ‘Reassurance is Appetising’ (‘Anshin wa oishii’ ‘安心はおいしい’) and choosing establishments that follow Guidelines for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 when holding the abovementioned events. Always implement infection prevention measures such as wearing a mask during conversations, refraining from talking loudly, sitting diagonally opposite to each other, avoiding crowded, close-contact settings, dining in smaller groups, as well as reducing contact hours – note that the same suggestions also apply to house parties.

 

2        If you reside outside of Oita, ensure that you are in good physical condition before returning to the prefecture – refrain from travelling if you are feeling unwell. Adhere to “1” strictly and exercise extra precaution when dining with individuals who normally reside outside of Oita.

 

3  Pay close attention to trends occurring across different regions and act according to circumstances when travelling. In particular, exercise caution when travelling to and from areas that are experiencing higher number of cases, and avoid peak periods for hatsumode (i.e. first Shinto shrine visit of the Japanese New Year) and other New Year events.

 

4  During the headquarters’ meeting on Dec 8, we requested that residents follow the prefecture’s suggestions until the end of the year. However, in consideration of increased movement as people travel for homecoming visits and other purposes, as well as a rise in group dining opportunities, we implore that residents follow the abovementioned requests until the end of the New Year holiday (i.e. January 11, 2021).

 

Furthermore, the Oita Prefecture would like to remind residents to partake in the following actions:

 

  1. Wash hands diligently, practice good cough etiquette and wear a mask correctly. Exercise social distancing, avoid the 3Cs and conduct basic infection control measures.

(2) Ventilate indoor spaces frequently and maintain appropriate heating and humidity levels.

(Rooms should ideally be heated to temperatures of 18°C or above, with humidity levels of 40% or higher)

 

If you feel unwell, contact Consultation Centre(097-506-2755) – a consultation and testing framework has been established in preparations for the New Year period.

 

Although circumstances may be challenging, the Oita Prefecture would like to request for the ongoing understanding and support from all residents.

 

 Future action related to COVID-19

                                                                                       December 8, 2020

COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

 The Oita Prefecture has confirmed 249 new cases of COVID-19 infection over the span of one month.
In comparison to the first and second waves, the infection has spread among a larger group of people
within a shorter timeframe.

 Due to the increasing number of new cases, hospital bed occupancy rates have risen to 25.6%,
exceeding the 20% limit criteria for the Stage 3 phase. Overall, Oita currently remains at Stage 2 phase,
which indicates a high burden on the medical infrastructure. Following these premises, the prefecture
requests that residents pay close attention to the following:

(1)62 cases (25% of the latest cases) occurred from group dining and drinking sessions.

(2)80 cases (32% of the latest cases) reported patients who are in their 60s or older,
and/or pose higher risks for developing severe conditions

The abovementioned groups account for a high proportion of overall cases.

 Due to current circumstances, the Oita Prefecture requests that residents partake in the following
measures until the end of the year:

1  Pay attention to trends occurring across different regions, and exercise extra caution when
planning group dining or  drinking sessions. When dining out with others, look out 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. In addition, always implement infection
prevention measures  such as wearing a mask during conversations.

2  Elderlies and individuals with underlying health conditions should perform infection prevention measures
thoroughly when going outdoors – crowded areas that may cause the overlap of the 3Cs, in particular,
should be avoided.

3  The Oita Prefecture would like to remind residents to partake in the following actions.

(1) Wash hands diligently, practice good coughing etiquette and wear a mask correctly. Exercise social
distancing, avoid the  3Cs and conduct basic infection control measures.

(2) Ventilate indoor spaces frequently and maintain appropriate heating and humidity levels.
(Rooms should ideally be heated to temperatures of 18°C or above, with humidity levels of 40% or higher)

(3) Plan out seating arrangements for dining sessions. Avoid crowded, close-contact settings, refrain from
talking loudly and wear a mask during conversations.

(4) Remain alert to trends occurring in different regions and act according to circumstances during travels.

 Although circumstances may be challenging, the Oita Prefecture would like to request for the ongoing
understanding and support from all residents.

 

Current Status of COVID-19

November 28, 2020
COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters

Infection status of COVID-19 in our prefecture: today we have counted 18 new cases. 7 of these cases (39%) were acquired from an unknown source.

Due to the understanding and cooperation of the people of Oita prefecture, we had been able to remain at “Stage I” which has a lower degree of urgency. However, due to the current situation including bed occupancy rates and the higher percentage of untraceable infection cases, we are now moving to “Stage II” due to the anticipated increased strain on medical facilities.

We are concerned by the sharp increase in infection cases over shorter periods of time. During the second wave in the summer, 98 cases were confirmed within a 6-week period. However now, in the third wave, we have confirmed 114 cases in only 3 weeks.
This is at least partly due to the lower temperature and humidity during winter. In addition to this, insufficient ventilation is enabling COVID-19 to spread easily.

Therefore, we are again urging the people of Oita to follow these countermeasures with a greater sense of diligence.

  1. Wash your hands, practice good coughing manners and wear a mask properly. Maintain physical distances, avoid the “3Cs” and conduct basic infection control thoroughly.
  2. Frequently ventilate indoor spaces and keep appropriate heating and moisture levels. (Ideally, room temperature above18°C, humidity above 40%)
  3. Consider seating arrangements during dining, avoid closed, crowded situations, avoid talking loudly and while talking wear a mask properly.
  4. For business trips and private travel, in order to avoid the spread of infection, be aware of the status of infection in each region and act accordingly.

Of great concern is the increase in untraceable infection cases. If anyone is worried about symptoms such as fever or feelings of lethargy, please contact your local medical institute and arrange a check-up.

If we confirm an infection case, health centers will conduct a comprehensive contact tracing, so we would like to ask for your cooperation in this.

In case of infection, we will also ask you to cooperate by installing a COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA) to trace your contacts for 2 weeks.

 

       Notice Concerning Group Dining(Oita Prefecture Government)         Nov 19, 2020

Oita has reported dispersed cases of COVID-19 infection up until this point. On Oct 17, however, a cluster has occurred through a group dining session where alcoholic beverages were served. The scope of infection has since spread further when one of the infected patients dined with another group on Oct 18.

Based on these premises, the Oita Prefecture would like to remind residents to remain vigilant when dining out with others.

1. Plan out seating arrangements
For instance:
・Share a table with four people or less
・Space out the tables amply
・Sit while facing each other diagonally (as opposed to face-to-face)

2. Avoid talking loudly, as well as speaking in crowded and close-contact settings.

3. Wear a mask if you wish to speak in a dining facility.

4. Do not share cups, chopsticks or other eating utensils with your companions.

5. Confirm the details of all participants.
・We encourage the installation of COCOA (COVID-19 Contact Confirming Application).

 

Infection prevention measure “Before Winter”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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Guests using our consultation services


The Oita International Plaza and Oita Information & Support Center recommends the following measures for the prevention and control of COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in the matter.

  • Please refrain from entering the facility if you:
    Have a fever, a lingering cough, or feel unwell
    ※Consultations over telephone is currently available.
  • Please wear a mask while you are at the facility.
  • Before entering the facility, please use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer placed near the entrance.
  • Please record your name, contact details and residence (name of residing municipality) at each consultation.
  • Please keep a safe distance from other guests.
  • Please be aware that facility staff members are wearing masks at the workplace.
  • The consultation rooms have been equipped with air purifiers.

※All future up-to-date information will be released on the Oita International Plaza’s official homepage and other relevant sources.

 

Visitors to the Plaza


The Oita International Plaza and Oita Information & Support Center recommends the following measures for the prevention and control of COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in the matter.

  • Please refrain from entering the facility if you:
    Have a fever, a lingering cough, or feel unwell
  • Please wear a mask while you are at the facility.
  • Before entering the facility, please use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer placed near the entrance.
  • Please keep a safe distance from other guests.
  • Please be aware that facility staff members are wearing masks at the workplace.
  • The consultation rooms have been equipped with air purifiers.

※All future up-to-date information will be released on the Oita International Plaza’s official homepage and other relevant sources.

 

Other announcements

●The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has made announcements concerning temporary loan emergency funds in response to COVID-19.

For further details, please access the URL below.

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/hukushi_kaigo/seikatsuhogo/seikatsu-fukushi-shikin1/index.html

Multilingual pamphlet (PDF)

●Residence and Special Cash Payment Application Procedures for Individuals Who Face Difficulties in Returning to Their Home Countries Due to the Effects of COVID-19

The Immigration Bureau of Japan has announced that selected foreign nationals who were not on the residence registry as of April 27, 2020 will also be eligible to the special cash payment. This includes past and present study-abroad students and technical interns who face difficulties in returning to their home countries due the effects of COVID-19, as well as children of individuals who are applying for recognition of the refugee status.

Further details

●Announcement to foreign nationals who have experienced disruptions in their workplace (Immigration Bureau of Japan)

Technical interns and other foreign workers affected by COVID-19 can now continue working in Japan.

Further details

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