Fukui Prefecture, 8 New COVID-19 Infections

Fukui Prefecture, 8 New COVID-19 Infections

April 9th Report

On April 9th, Fukui Prefecture reported 8 new COVID-19 infections, bringing its cumulative total to 647. As of this day, there are 73 active cases within the prefecture, of which 1 is in serious condition.
Brief details of the 8 cases are as follow.

The Tsuruga City male company employee (20s, #2) and the Tsuruga City boy (Under 10, #3) are close contacts of the Tsuruga City female (20s) whose COVID-19 infection was reported on March 31st.

The Tsuruga City self-employed male (50s, #4) is a close contact of the Tsuruga City female (80s) whose COVID-19 infection was reported on April 8th.

The Echizen City unemployed female (80s, #6) and the Echizen City female association employee (50s, #7) are close contacts of the Echizen City unemployed male (80s, #5).

The Obama City female company employee (50s, #8) is a close contact of the Oi Town male bus driver (50s, #1).

Sources: https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/210409.pdf; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1295100; https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/joukyou.pdf

Fukui Prefecture, 2 New COVID-19 Infections

Fukui Prefecture, 2 New COVID-19 Infections

December 26th Report

On December 26th, Fukui Prefecture reported two new COVID-19 infections, of an Oi Town male company employee (20s) and a Tsuruga City male company employee (30s). Brief details of each case are as follows:

[1] Oi Town male company employee (20s)
On December 25th, as a close contact, the man had a biological sample taken, which tested positive for COVID-19 through a PCR test. He is currently asymptomatic. During December 21st through 24th, he had spent some time within Kyoto Prefecture.

[2] Tsuruga City male company employee (30s)
On December 25th, the man administered a personal test kit that showed positive for COVID-19, which was later verified with a PCR test. He is currently asymptomatic, and has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

Fukui Prefecture now has a cumulative total of 345 COVID-19 cases.

Sources: https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/201226.pdf; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1232368

Fukui Prefecture, Four New COVID-19 Infections

Fukui Prefecture, Four New COVID-19 Infections

December 25th, Fukui Prefecture & KEPCO Report

On December 25th, Fukui Prefecture reported four new cases of COVID-19, all of whom are contractors involved in construction work at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant (Oi Town, Fukui Prefecture), managed by the Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO).

The cases are of two men (one in his 30s and one in his 50s) from Takahama Town, one man (50s) from Oi Town, and one man (20s) from Obama City. All four are also close contacts and colleagues of the Tsuruga City man (20s) who was reported with COVID-19 on the 23rd. As close contacts, biological samples were taken on the 24th, which tested positive for the virus. According to KEPCO, in addition to performing regular inspections on Oi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3 and Unit 4, the men were working on construction of connected with safety and accident prevention.

The Takahama Town man (30s) has experienced light symptoms from December 18th, but has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms. The other three men are currently asymptomatic, with no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

Fukui Prefecture now has a cumulative total of 343 COVID-19 cases.

Sources: https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/201225.pdf; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1231669; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1231772

Fukui Prefecture, Oi Nuclear Power Plant Labourer Infected With COVID-19

Fukui Prefecture, Oi Nuclear Power Plant Labourer Infected With COVID-19

December 3rd Report, 150 People to Undergo PCR Tests,

On December 3rd, Fukui Prefecture and the Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) reported that a male labourer (40s) from Kanagawa Prefecture was infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19); the man is an employed by a company involved in construction work at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3 (in Oi Town, Fukui Prefecture). The man has been in Fukui Prefecture since November 26th. On the 30th, after a positive COVID-19 test of a family member living within the same residence, the man quarantined himself in a dormitory within Obama City, as a close contact. On December 2nd, PCR test results showed positive for COVID-19. He is experiencing light symptoms, including a cough.

150 employees of the same company are undergoing PCR testing; 2 close contacts have currently tested negative.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1217470

Sixteen Cities and Towns In Fukui Prefecture, Resumption of Classes Postponed

Sixteen Cities and Towns In Fukui Prefecture, Resumption of Classes Postponed

For Echizen Town, Postponed Until April 20th

By April 6th, in response to the requests received by Tatsuji Sugimoto, governor of Fukui Prefecture, to continue the temporary school closures until after Golden Week, in light of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the board of education of 16 cities and towns (excluding Echizen Town) have decided to postpone the resumption of elementary and junior high school classes until at least May 7th. The Echizen Town Board of Education has plans to resume classes from April 20th. The school entrance ceremonies for 12 municipal districts have also been postponed until at least May 7th. In Echizen Town, Ikeda Town, Oi Town, and Takahama Town, the entrance ceremonies were carried out on April 6th. Tsuruga City is scheduled to hold its school entrance ceremonies on April 8th.

On April 6th, the board of education in Katsuyama City, Ono City, and Minamiechizen Town made the decision to postpone the resumption of classes until at least May 7th. The Echizen Town Board of Education expressed in a statement, “We wish to make a judgement closer to April 20th, whether or not to resume classes from that day or to further postpone it.”

On April 6th, the decision to postpone the entrance ceremonies was made by the board of education of Fukui City, Katsuyama City, Ono City, Obama City, Eiheiji Town, Minamiechizen Town, and Mihama Town; including 4 municipalities who have already made the decision, this brings a total of 12 towns and cities to postpone towards the same day.

With the entrance ceremonies being carried out on April 8th, the Tsuruga City Board of Education said in a statement, “The Municipal Tsuruga Hospital has verified that, with thorough implementation of infection prevention measures, such as wearing masks and room ventilation, holding the ceremony should post no problems.”

Regarding the postponement of entrance ceremonies in Fukui City, a mother (aged 44) of a new first-year elementary student expressed, “Because the reopening of schools has been postponed, it was good that the same has been done for the entrance ceremonies.” Another mother (aged 35) spoke with anxiety, “I had hoped that the entrance ceremony would be carried out, as a break from this situation. With an increasing gap between graduation from kindergarten and starting elementary school, it might take a long time (for children) to get used to school.”

According to the Prefectural University Private School Department, 9 private junior and senior high schools have suspended its entrance ceremonies, while others have postponed it until at least May 7th. All private schools will resume classes from the same day.

Concerning the entrance ceremonies of public kindergartens and nursery schools, the response has been divided between carrying out the ceremony as scheduled or postponing it.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1063084