Four New COVID-19 Infections in Fukui Prefecture, All With Some Connection to a Karaoke Lounge

Four New COVID-19 Infections in Fukui Prefecture, All With Some Connection to a Karaoke Lounge

September 1st Report, Fukui, Sabae, and Echizen Cities

On September 1st, Fukui Prefecture reported 4 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across Fukui City, Sabae City, and Echizen City, bringing the prefecture’s cumulative total to 232 cases. In all 4 cases, each person has some connection with a karaoke lounge. Details for each case are as follows:

[1] Unemployed male (asymptomatic, 80s, Fukui City)
As a close contact of a previously confirmed COVID-19 case (of a Fukui City woman in her 80s, reported on August 31st), the man went to an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts on August 31st for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results on September 1st showed positive for COVID-19. He has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

[2] Unemployed male (50s, Fukui City)
On August 29th, the man experienced symptoms including a sore throat and fatigue. On the 31st, as a close contact of a previously confirmed COVID-19 case (of a Fukui City woman in her 80s, reported on the 31st), he went to an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on September 1st showed positive for COVID-19. He has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms.

[3] Female restaurant employee (asymptomatic, 50s, Sabae City)
The woman is a close contact of a previously confirmed COVID-19 case of a Sabae City woman in her 60s, which was reported on August 31st. On the 31st, the woman went to an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on September 1st showed positive for COVID-19. She has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

[4] Unemployed male (70s, Echizen City)
On August 31st, the man experienced symptoms including a fever of 38⁰C, coughing, and fatigue. One the same day, he went to an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken; test results showed positive for COVID-19. He has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms.

The Sabae City woman [3] is an employee of a KAMON (華紋), located at Sabae City, Kaminakacho, 3-Chome (鯖江市神中町3丁目). Those who have visited the establishment are asked to contact the Tannan Health and Welfare Center’s inquiry counter at 0778 (51) 0034.

Sources: https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/200901.pdf; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1155744; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1155841; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1155862