Eleven New COVID-19 Infections Across Fukui Prefecture

Eleven New COVID-19 Infections Across Fukui Prefecture

August 30th Report, One Case of an Elementary School Girl

On August 30th, Fukui Prefecture reported 11 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, bringing the prefecture’s cumulative total to 222 cases. Details of each case are as follows:

[1] Independent businessman (70s, Fukui City)
As a close contact of a person who was reported with COVID-19 on August 29th, the man visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts on the 29th, for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result on the 30th showed positive for the virus. He is currently asymptomatic, and with no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

[2] Unemployed female (70s, Fukui City)
As a close contact of a person who was reported with COVID-19 on August 27th, the woman visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts on the 29th, for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on the 30th showed positive for the virus. She is currently asymptomatic, and with no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

[3] Female company employee (40s, Fukui City)
As a close contact of a person who was reported with COVID-19 on August 27th, the woman visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts on the 29th, for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on the 30th showed positive for the virus. She is currently asymptomatic, and with no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

[4] Female elementary school student (10s, Fukui City)
As a close contact of a person who was reported with COVID-19 on August 27th, the girl visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts on the 29th, for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on the 30th showed positive for the virus. She is currently asymptomatic, and with no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

[5] Unemployed female (70s, Fukui City)
As a close contact of a person who was reported with COVID-19 on August 28th, the woman visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts on the 29th, for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on the 30th showed positive for the virus. She is currently asymptomatic, and with no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

[6] Independent businessman (30s, Sabae City)
On August 25th, the man experienced symptoms including a fever of 37.6⁰C, coughing, and a sore throat. On the 29th, he visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on the 30th showed positive for the virus. The man is a close contact of a COVID-19 patient outside the prefecture. On August 20th to 21st, he had stayed in Ishikawa Prefecture; on the 14th to 17th, and 22nd to 23rd, he had spent time in Toyama Prefecture.

[7] Unemployed female (20s, Sabae City)
On August 26th, the woman experienced symptoms including coughing, a runny nose, headache and fatigue. On the 29th, she visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts for a medical examination and to have a biological sample take. PCR test results on the 30th showed positive for the virus. The woman had spent time in Toyama Prefecture during August 14th to 17th, and 22nd to 23rd.

[8] Unemployed female (70s, Fukui City)
As a close contact of a person who was reported with COVID-19 on August 27th, the woman visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts on the 29th, for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on the 30th showed positive for the virus. She is currently asymptomatic, and with no history of travel outside the prefecture during the past two weeks.

[9] Male part-time employee (70s, Echizen Town)
On August 26th, the man experienced symptoms including coughing, a runny nose, and fatigue. On the 29th, he visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on the 30th showed positive for the virus. He has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms. He has visited a karaoke lounge in Echizen Town.

[10] Unemployed female (70s, Echizen Town)
On August 27th, the woman experienced coughing. On the 29th, she visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on the 30th showed positive for the virus. She has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms. She has visited a karaoke lounge in Echizen Town.

[11] Male restaurant employee (80s, Echizen City)
On August 25, the man experienced symptoms including a fever of 37.2⁰C, coughing, and fatigue. On the 29th, he visited an Outpatient Facility for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts for a medical examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on the 30th showed positive for the virus. He has no history of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms.

The name of the elementary school attended by the girl [4] remains undisclosed. The school will be temporarily closed from August 31st to September 3rd; during that time, disinfection of the school property will be carried out. Parents and guardians of the school children have been informed through an emergency message.

Sources: https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/200830.pdf; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1154523; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1154559

Elementary School Bus Passengers All Tested Negative for COVID-19

Elementary School Bus Passengers All Tested Negative for COVID-19

Duties of Bus Driver Infected with COVID-19

On July 19th, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results for 44 students from an elementary school within Sakai City (in Fukui Prefecture) showed negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection; the students rode a school bus operated by a male Keifuku Bus driver, who had been confirmed with COVID-19. The school has notified the parents and guardians through email. Furthermore, on the same day, Fukui Prefecture reported that after 108 PCR tests, there have been no new cases of COVID-19.

From July 20th, the elementary school will carry out its classes as normal. School bus service will also continue, and will be operated by a driver who has had no interactions with the male bus driver (in his 50s) infected with COVID-19. Families holding apprehensions will each receive transportation service.

From July 9th through 12th, the male bus driver had operated 33 buses along routes within Fukui City, Awara City, and Sakai City. On July 13th and 15th, he had operated a school bus. At most, the bus driver is estimated to have serviced around 450 passengers. There were no close interactions with any of the passengers; however, Fukui Prefecture expressed that any passengers who wish to be tested will be accommodated.

Fukui Prefecture has a total of 126 COVID-19 cases; four people among the cases reported between July 12th and 17th are currently being hospitalized. In addition to 10 close contacts, 9 Keifuku Bus employees, who had some interactions with the male bus driver, are under medical observation. It is the first time since April 28th where there have been more than 100 tests carried out in a single day; a total of over 4,000 tests have been carried out to date.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1127251

Fukui Prefecture, No New COVID-19 Infections

Fukui Prefecture, No New COVID-19 Infections

July 19th Report, No Infection Among Elementary School Bus Passengers

On July 19th, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Up until 9:00 a.m. of the same day, 108 new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results were verified as negative for COVID-19.

According to Fukui Prefecture, 42 of the 44 Sakai City elementary school students who rode the school bus operated by the Keifuku Bus driver (in his 50s), who had been infected with COVID-19, had their biological samples taken on July 18th, and was confirmed as negative for the virus.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1127041

Bus Routes Operated by Keifuku Bus Driver Infected with COVID-19

Bus Routes Operated by Keifuku Bus Driver Infected with COVID-19

July 17th Report, Experienced Fatigue on the 11th

On July 17th, it was reported that a male bus driver working for the Keifuku Bus company was confirmed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection; on July 11th, the man experienced fatigue, followed by a fever on the evening of the 13th. He had visited a medical institution for an examination on the 13th, but received a diagnosis that stated no particular abnormalities. After some time, his body temperature had returned to normal levels; however, on July 16th, he underwent a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which showed positive for COVID-19 on the morning of the 17th.

In addition to the school bus (servicing Takaboko Elementary School in Sakai City), the bus driver had operated several other route buses. The route buses he had operated during July 9th through July 12th are as follows:

  • Kawanishi-Mikuni line (川西三国線)
  • Gakuen line (学園線)
  • Echizen Kaigan BLUE LINE (越前海岸ブルーライン)
  • Owada-Maruoka line (大和田丸岡線)
  • Shimizu GREEN LINE (清水グリーンライン)
  • Undo Koen line (towards Michimori); (運動公園線 [道守先])
  • Maruoka line (丸岡線)
  • Jingaoka line (陣ケ岡線)
  • Kanazu-Honjo line (金津本荘線)
  • Uzura-Mikuni line (鶉三国線)
  • Prefectural Hospital-Maruoka line (県立病院丸岡線)

The Keifuku Bus company provided the details in a press conference at the Fukui Prefectural Office on July 17th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1125922

Approving Taking Off Masks While Travelling To and From School on Hot Days

Approving Taking Off Masks While Travelling To and From School on Hot Days

Notice by the Fukui Municipal Board of Education, Heatstroke Countermeasure

By June 8th, every elementary and junior high school in Fukui City received a notice form the Fukui Municipal Board of Education (in Fukui Prefecture) stating that in order to prevent students from getting heatstroke, with the increased risk on days with high temperature and humidity, it has been approved that masks, which has been serving as a preventative tool against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, can be taken off while at school and while travelling to and from school.

According to the Fukui Municipal Board of Education, the Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure City Guidelines was revised on June 5th, after MEXT (the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) indicated in the Hygiene Management Guidelines that masks are okay to be taken off in situations where the risk of heatstroke is high. In cases where masks are taken off, measures including room ventilation and having 1-2 metres of space between the students are asked to be carried out.

In the first version of the guideline, released in February, it was requested that, outside of lunch time, physical education classes, and during club activities, masks are to be continuously worn.

In a city council general interpellation on June 8th, Superintendent of Education Yuuji Yoshikawa expressed, “Because we are approaching the hot season, we are requesting the schools’ consideration,” responding to a question by councillor Ichii Hatta (Isshin Party).

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1101029