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

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

Portraits of Smiling Faces on the School Windows, Just Before Reopening

Portraits of Smiling Faces on the School Windows, Just Before Reopening

Ono City’s Shimosho Elementary School, Before School Reopens on June 1st

On May 22nd, on the windows of Shimosho Elementary School (located in Ono City, Fukui Prefecture) 293 sheets of paper with the students’ portraits, and origami crafts, were posted on display. The school’s teachers came up with the idea, as a way to tell the students to look forward to the school’s reopening with excitement, during the extended school closures, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Just before it reopens on June 1st, the school gathered all of its students’ “smiles”.

Since March, in the midst of the school closures, the elementary school has used the student’s shoe boxes as a means to exchange messages and pass on assignments. Wanting to also pass on the emotion of excitement, and the feeling of the connections across teachers and friends, not just homework, the “Shimosho Kids WAKUWAKU Project” started off from the beginning of May.

On the day of the entrance ceremony for the first-year students on May 7th, and on the 8th for the rest of the students, across the second through sixth-year, the children were each given a sheet of drawing paper and a sheet of origami paper. The children used crayons and other writing tools to draw self-portraits and create origami crafts, to submit through their shoe boxes for the 15th. During the late afternoon of the 21st, the teachers reinforced the portraits to be posted, and used origami paper to display a message on the school’s windows, facing the student entrance, reading, “I ♡ Shimosho! Do your best!”.

On May 22nd, with their parents and guardians, the children visited the school, and could be seen rushing to their homeroom teachers to talk with them, or searching for the picture they drew with their siblings.

“I want to get along with everyone! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s faces,” said a fourth-year student with a smile.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1091712