Japan’s First Temporary Residence for COVID-19 Patients

Japan’s First Temporary Residence for COVID-19 Patients

Established in Fukui Prefecture, Admitting Patients who Tested Positive with Mild Symptoms

On April 6th, in an effort to secure hospital beds for patients infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Fukui Prefecture announced the establishment of the “Fukui City Shonen Shizen no Ie” (a youth outdoor learning centre) as a temporary residence; six patients, who have tested positive for the virus and experiencing mild symptoms, have already been admitted into the facility. Registered nurses have been stationed in the facility, and continuously monitoring the patients’ conditions, while maintaining contact with doctors. According to the prefecture, the temporary residence is the first of its kind in Japan. In addition, the prefecture had confirmed six new COVID-19 cases of men and women, including a health care worker, with ages ranging between the forties and fifties. It was the first occasion for Ono City to have a confirmed COVID-19 case, which brought the prefecture to a total of 59 cases.

The temporary residence was established from April 5th, and on the same day, had taken in four patients who had mild symptoms, from designated medical institutions, and two patients who had been self-isolating at home. The facility has 26 rooms, and will accommodate patients who are asymptomatic or are only experiencing mild symptoms. Registered nurses and OB nurses, who have experience dealing with infectious diseases, from the Fukui Nursing Association are stationed at the facility, operation on a 24-hour system. Doctors from the Fukui Medical Association are on stand-by, ready to be dispatched at any time.

Among the newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Echizen City female health care worker (in her 50s) is the wife the Echizen City male company employee, who was the prefecture’s 51st COVID-19 case; the woman had worked at a nursing home within the city. She was in charge of duties which included changing sheets and cleaning. From March 22nd, she had a persistent sore throat, and then on April 5th, tested positive for the virus. After the onset of symptoms, she had worked for approximately four hours at the nursing home on March 25th.

According to the prefecture, regarding the scale of interaction among those in the nursing home, it is still “under investigation”; just over ten people are currently monitoring their condition at home.

In Ono City, a male company executive (in his 50s), and two male company executives (in their 40s and 50s) who are brothers, have been confirmed with the virus. Including a female self-employed helper (in her 50s), all have either visited the same Fukui City restaurant, which had a number of patrons and customers confirmed with COVID-19, or had close contact with someone who did. In additions, the newly confirmed case of a Sabae City female company employee (in her 50s) is the wife of the patient in the prefecture’s 48th COVID-19 case. It appears that most cases within the prefecture are connected to form one large cluster. Investigations by Fukui Prefecture are still ongoing.

There are five patients in serious condition, of three people in their 50s, and two in their 70s.

Tallying the COVID-19 cases between the seven municipalities: Fukui City has 34 cases (1 recovered, 1 death), Echizen City has 13 cases (1 death), Sabae City has 5 cases, Ono City has 3 cases, Sakai City has 2 cases, Awara City has 1 case, and Minamiechizen Town has 1 case.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1063037

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