Phone Conversation Between Fukui Prefecture and Ishikawa Prefecture Governors, In Case COVID-19 Situation Worsens Within Ishikawa
On May 11th, Fukui Prefecture Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto had a phone conversation with Ishikawa Prefecture Governor Masanori Tanimoto, regarding the recent spike in COVID-19 cases within Ishikawa Prefecture. In a situation where emergency medical care becomes difficult to manage, Governor Sugimoto expressed the idea of taking in emergency medical patients from Ishikawa Prefecture to be treated at the Fukui Prefectural Hospital.
On May 10th, Ishikawa Prefecture reported its record daily high of 50 new COVID-19 infections. On the same day, resources were further strained with hospital beds designated for COVID-19 patients reaching 81.5% occupancy. During April, the prefecture increased the amount of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients by 100, expressing it has affected general medical care.
According to Fukui Prefecture, Governor Tanimoto requested on the phone, “We are currently holding our ground. But in case the situation worsens, we wish for your assistance”. Responding to this, Governor Sugimoto offered support by taking in emergency medical patients.
According to the Fukui Prefecture Regional Medical Department, patients from Ishikawa Prefecture will be transported via ambulance. In the case where the patient is diagnosed with COVID-19, first taking in consideration the hospital bed occupancy within the prefecture and the patient’s symptoms, Fukui Prefecture will provide medical care to the best of its capacity.
On July 26th, Fukui Prefecture reported two new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection of a female nurse from Sakai City (in her 30s), and a female restaurant staff from Fukui City (in her 20s).
The Sakai City female nurse is the wife of the unemployed man (in his 20s) who was confirmed with COVID-19 on July 23rd; as a close contact, the woman underwent a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on the 24th, which had shown negative for the virus. However, on July 25th, due to an emergence of symptoms including fatigue, the woman was tested again, with results showing positive for COVID-19.
The Sakai City nurse has been working at the Fukui Prefectural Hospital, located in Fukui City. Due to her husband’s poor physical health, the woman had been staying at home since July 21st. With at least 2 days since the onset of symptoms from the 25th, the Fukui Prefectural Hospital Management stated, “Infection via the hospital is not a factor.”
The Fukui City female (in her 20s) is a part-time restaurant staff, working within the city. The woman had stayed within the Hyogo and Osaka prefectures during July 11th to 13th. The woman has three close contact, of her husband, living within the same residence, and two restaurant coworkers.
Sources: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1131459; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1131463
Fukui Prefecture, 15.7 Average Number of Days in Hospital Care
On April 19th, Fukui Prefecture reported that the average incubation period for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is “5.2 days”. Taking 56 of 101 COVID-19 cases within the prefecture, where the day of exposure to the virus could be determined, a calculation was made. Furthermore, looking at 26 cases where COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital, the average amount of time patients spend in the hospital is “15.7 days”, with the shortest length at 7 days, and the longest at 22 days.
April 14th, Close Contacts: Patients and Staff
On April 14th, Fukui Prefecture reported the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results of 15 people who had close contact with a Fukui Prefectural Hospital nurse infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19); the 15 patients and staff tested negative for the virus. Including the 81 people tested yesterday, everyone have been confirmed as negative for COVID-19. The remaining 3 people will undergo testing, after which, the results will be reported at a later time.
Eighteen Awaiting Testing
On April 13th, Fukui Prefecture reported the results of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests carried out with close contacts of the Fukui Prefectural Hospital nurse who was confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Among the 99 patients and medical personnel, 81 have tested negative for the virus. The remaining 18 are still awaiting tests, after which the results will be reported at a later time.