Fukui Prefecture, Zero COVID-19 Inpatients

Fukui Prefecture, Zero COVID-19 Inpatients

June 15th Report, 90 Days Since Last Admission

On June 15th, Fukui Prefecture reported that there are currently no inpatients that had been admitted due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. It has been 90 days since the last time a patient was admitted into the hospital due to COVID-19.

Since the first confirmed infection within Fukui Prefecture on March 18th, the number of cases had risen to 122. The average time patients spend hospitalized is 21 days.

According to he Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, as of June 13th, there are 19 prefectures across Japan with zero COVID-19 inpatients.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1105026

Coronavirus Consultation Requirement, “Over 37.5⁰C” Eliminated

Coronavirus Consultation Requirement, “Over 37.5⁰C” Eliminated

May 8th, Criteria Revised by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

On May 8th, regarding the criteria of receiving specialist outpatient care through the “Returnees and Close Contact Consultation Center” for people who suspect they have been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare notified prefectures across the country of a change in the consultation process; for those experiencing cold-like symptoms, like fever and coughing, it is suggested to immediate contact a center for consultation. The criterion for experiencing body temperatures of over 37.5⁰C has been eliminated.

The new criteria lays out that contacting a center for consultation is suggested for those with cold-like symptoms, such as cough or fever, even if temperatures do not go over 37.5⁰C. The length of time for symptoms to persist before proceeding with consultation was not specified, but a Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare executive expressed, “We wish people to seek consultation, without hesitation,” and especially if such conditions persist for more than four days.

Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, extreme fatigue, or high fever, those liable to fall seriously ill, such as the elderly or with chronic disease, and pregnant women with cold-like symptoms are suggested to immediately seek consultation. Depending on the region, consultations are being accepted at medical associations or clinics.

Concerning the criteria of fever/high fever symptoms for consultation and receiving medical examination, a Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare executive stated, “We are looking to make decisions based on each person’s normal body temperature,” therefore, a definitive number could not be specified.

The necessity of carrying out a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test will continue to be based on the examining physician’s judgement.

Up until this point, cold-like symptoms or a fever of 37.5⁰C must persist for at least 4 days before being eligible for specialist outpatient care through a local center.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1082784

Hotel Secured for COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms

Hotel Secured for COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms

Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure

On April 20th, Fukui Prefecture reported one new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the prefecture a total of 113 confirmed cases. At the same time, in a response to the strain being experienced by medical care facilities, a hotel has been requisitioned for COVID-19 patients currently under treatment, who are only experiencing mild symptoms.

According to Fukui Prefecture, the newly confirmed COVID-19 case is of a Fukui City female company employee in her 40s. The infection route is currently unknown and undergoing investigation. This bring the total number of confirmed cases within the prefecture to 113, with 5 COVID-19 related deaths up to this point. 27 patients have been discharged from the hospital; however, 4 patients are in serious condition, and are continuing to receive treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU).

It has been disclosed that for the COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or are only experiencing mild symptoms, the Fukui Phoenix Hotel (located in central Fukui City) has agreed to offer itself as a temporary medical treatment facility; securing 80 hospital beds within the hotel, it will be established as a medical facility from April 24th. Combined with the public facilities already operating for COVID-19 treatment, a total of 115 hospital beds is now secured for patients with mild symptoms.

In a hypothetical situation where the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare does not execute any COVID-19 countermeasures, the number of infections within Fukui Prefecture was calculated to peak at 1,450. With this in min, the prefecture is aiming to secure a total of 500 hospital beds, one-third of the hypothetical peak, by setting up beds designated for COVID-19 patients, and temporary residence facilities.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128330&page=1