Fukui Prefecture, 4 New COVID-19 Infections

Fukui Prefecture, 4 New COVID-19 Infections

January 22nd Report

On January 22nd, Fukui Prefecture reported 4 new COVID-19 infections, bringing its cumulative total to 471 cases.
Brief details of each case are as follows:

[1] Tsuruga City company employee (age & sex undisclosed)
On January 14th, as a close contact, the person had a biological sample taken, which had tested negative for COVID-19 through a PCR test. On the 21st, the person had a cough and runny nose, and had a biological sample taken, which tested positive for COVID-19 through a PCR test. The person has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms.

[2] Sakai City unemployed female (90s)
On January 14th, as a close contact, the woman had a biological sample taken, which had tested negative for COVID-19 through a PCR test. On the 20th, as a close contact, another biological sample was taken, which tested positive for COVID-19 through a PCR test on the 21st. She is currently asymptomatic, and has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

[3] Sakai City male nursing home employee (70s)
On January 13th, as a close contact, the man had a biological sample taken, which had tested negative for COVID-19 through a PCR test. On the 21st, he experienced coughing and fatigue, and had another biological sample taken, which tested positive for COVID-19 through a PCR test. He has no history of travel outside the prefecture during that two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms.

[4] Echizen City unemployed female (50s)
On January 14th, the woman had a cough and runny nose. On the 21st, the woman experienced a cough, runny nose, fatigue, and an impaired sense of taste; a biological sample was taken. On the 22nd, PCR test results showed positive for COVID-19. She has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms.

Sources: https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/210122.pdf; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1246879

Initial Rounds of COVID-19 Vaccinations, Fukui Katsuyama General Hospital

Initial Rounds of COVID-19 Vaccinations, Fukui Katsuyama General Hospital

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Official Announcement, Beginning Mid-February

At 100 medical institutions across Japan, approximately ten thousand health care providers are to receive inoculations for the COVID-19 vaccine; the Fukui Katsuyama General Hospital (Katsuyama City) is to be among the 100 medical institutions. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare made an official announcement on January 20th. Health care providers are expected to begin receiving the vaccine during mid-February, after which, their state of health will be monitored for one month.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare had approached three institutions, the National Hospital Organization, the Japan Healthcare Community Organization (JHCO), and the Japan Organization of Occupational Health and Safety’s independent administrative agency. The first round of vaccinations will be carried out at 52 institutions under the National Hospital Organization, 27 institutions under the JCHO, and 21 institutions under the Japan Organization of Occupational Health and Safety.

There are a total of 4 medical institutions affiliated with one of the three institutions within Fukui Prefecture; a Fukui Katsuyama General Hospital associated explained, “We have decided to participate based on the request by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.” The Japan government will be deciding the amount of vaccines to be distributed for the initial rounds of vaccination, as well as the provision of freezers capable of storing the vaccines at extremely low temperatures.

Within the country, the vaccine created by the major pharmaceutical company Pfizer is currently under examination for its safety and effectiveness. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is on course to hold an expert panel as soon as February 15th, on whether to grant special approval for the vaccine. With the vaccine already making its rounds in foreign countries, an approval is likely.

After the initial rounds of vaccination, it is expected for health care providers across each prefectures will receive the vaccine from mid-March, followed by those 65 and older from late-March, followed by those with pre-existing conditions and then the general public. Fukui Prefecture is proceeding in line with the Japan government’s vaccine plan.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1246497