Initial Rounds of COVID-19 Vaccinations, Fukui Katsuyama General Hospital

Initial Rounds of COVID-19 Vaccinations, Fukui Katsuyama General Hospital

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Official Announcement, Beginning Mid-February

At 100 medical institutions across Japan, approximately ten thousand health care providers are to receive inoculations for the COVID-19 vaccine; the Fukui Katsuyama General Hospital (Katsuyama City) is to be among the 100 medical institutions. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare made an official announcement on January 20th. Health care providers are expected to begin receiving the vaccine during mid-February, after which, their state of health will be monitored for one month.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare had approached three institutions, the National Hospital Organization, the Japan Healthcare Community Organization (JHCO), and the Japan Organization of Occupational Health and Safety’s independent administrative agency. The first round of vaccinations will be carried out at 52 institutions under the National Hospital Organization, 27 institutions under the JCHO, and 21 institutions under the Japan Organization of Occupational Health and Safety.

There are a total of 4 medical institutions affiliated with one of the three institutions within Fukui Prefecture; a Fukui Katsuyama General Hospital associated explained, “We have decided to participate based on the request by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.” The Japan government will be deciding the amount of vaccines to be distributed for the initial rounds of vaccination, as well as the provision of freezers capable of storing the vaccines at extremely low temperatures.

Within the country, the vaccine created by the major pharmaceutical company Pfizer is currently under examination for its safety and effectiveness. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is on course to hold an expert panel as soon as February 15th, on whether to grant special approval for the vaccine. With the vaccine already making its rounds in foreign countries, an approval is likely.

After the initial rounds of vaccination, it is expected for health care providers across each prefectures will receive the vaccine from mid-March, followed by those 65 and older from late-March, followed by those with pre-existing conditions and then the general public. Fukui Prefecture is proceeding in line with the Japan government’s vaccine plan.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1246497

Waste Collection, Heavy Snow Influence in Reihoku Region

Waste Collection, Heavy Snow Influence in Reihoku Region

Number of Scheduled Waste Collection Cancelled

On January 13th, due to the effects of the recent heavy snow, each municipality within Fukui Prefecture’s Reihoku region have made changes to the upcoming waste collection schedule, as listed below. Actual waste collection times may occur later than scheduled. Municipalities not mentioned will follow its regular scheduling.

Fukui City: Cancelled for January 15th.
Sakai City: Cancelled until the 15th.
Awara City: Cancelled for the 13th.
Ono City: Cancelled until the 15th.
Katsuyama City: Cancelled until the 15th.
Sabae City: Non-burnable waste, recyclables, and hazardous waste to resume collection on the 19th. Burnable waste collections to resume from the 14th.
Echizen City: Resumed from the 13th.
Eiheiji Town: Cancelled on the 13th. Only burnable waste collection on the 14th and 15th.
Echizen Town: Only burnable waste collection on the 13th for the Echizen district. Plastic waste collection scheduled for the 13th for the Ota district postponed to the 20th. Scheduling to return to normal from the 14th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1239896

School Closures for January 13th Across Various Municipalities

School Closures for January 13th Across Various Municipalities

8 Municipalities Including Fukui, Sakai, and Sabae cities

Due to the recent heavy snowfall, eight municipalities within Fukui Prefecture’s Reihoku region have announced temporary closures of some or all its elementary and junior high schools for January 13th. The municipalities are Fukui City, Awara City, Sakai City, Ono City, Katsuyama City, Eiheiji Town, Sabae City, and Echizen Town.
The status of schools within each municipality are as follow:

Fukui City:
All kindergarten, elementary, and junior high schools to be closed.
After-school children clubs and after-school children meets to be suspended.

Awara City:
All elementary and junior high schools to be closed.

Sakai City:
All elementary and junior high schools to be closed.
All children’s centres to be closed.

Ono City:
All elementary and junior high schools to be closed.
Families already registered with an after-school children clubs, that are unable to take in the children, can refer to the operating special children clubs in the western, northern, and Izumi districts of the city.
Families who normally utilize the children clubs within the southern district of the city can refer towards the western district, while those that utilize the children clubs within the eastern district can refer towards the northern district.
Five children centres within the city are to be closed.

Katsuyama City:
All elementary and junior high schools to be closed.
Kindergartens are closed until the 15th.
Children centres have suspended reception on the 12th and 13th, but child-care support centres will be open during those days.

Eiheiji Town:
All elementary and junior high schools to be closed.
All kindergartens and child-care centres are open from the 12th.
After-school children clubs, children centres, ad child-care support centres to be closed until the 13th.

Sabae City:
All elementary and junior high schools to be closed.
Municipal kindergartens also to be closed.

Echizen City:
All elementary, junior high school, and kindergartens to be closed.

Echizen Town:
All elementary and junior high schools to be closed.

Minamiechizen Town:
Schools to be open.

Ikeda Town:
Schools to be open.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1240878

Michi-no-Eki “Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama”, Opens June 20th

Michi-no-Eki “Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama”, Opens June 20th

On June 20th, Katsuyama City’s Michi-no-Eki “Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama” will open for business, after delaying its opening date, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and insufficient supplies.

The Michi-no-Eki is located on the north side of the Katsuyama Kyoryu Bridge, close to the Katsuyama Interchange, along the Chubu-Jukan Expressway. The facility has a section selling produce grown by the local residents; foods like mizu yokan and soft-serve ice cream will also be sold, and there will be a light-meal corner where visitors can enjoy the local flavours, such as the “Raptor Burger”, inspired by the image of dinosaurs. Outside the facility, a monument of a dinosaur, which is also a slide, can be seen. Katsuyama City stated that it will be carrying out COVID-19 prevention measures on the opening day.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=129589

Commencement of Staggered School Attendance, Schools in Ikeda Town Also Begins School Lunches

Commencement of Staggered School Attendance, Schools in Ikeda Town Also Begins School Lunches

Elementary and Junior High Schools in 17 Municipalities within Fukui Prefecture

Elementary and junior high schools within Fukui Prefecture have been operating with a staggered student attendance schedule leading up to the June 1st reopening day, after being closed as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Generally, students attend their elementary or junior high school to hand in or pick up assignments, or for consultation with their teachers, before returning home after several hours; however, schools in six municipalities (Katsuyama City, Eiheiji Town, Ikeda Town, Wakasa Town, Oi Town, and Takahama Town) have been carrying out classes on a shortened schedule. On May 25th, the schools in Ikeda Town commenced school lunch service for the students.

From May 7th, elementary and junior high schools, starting with Awara City, Ikeda Town, Wakasa Town, and then Takahama Town, one after the other, began having its students go to school on a staggered schedule, with schools in Fukui City and Tsuruga City being the last to do so from the 25th. Although many municipalities have students attend school once or twice a week, Awara and Obama cities increased its attendance frequency to three times a week from the 25th. Many elementary schools have their students go to school in groups, divided based on their area of residence, while junior high schools have their students divided by school year. The amount of time spend in school is between 1 and 3 hours. Within 11 municipalities, in addition to handing in and picking up assignments, the students’ health conditions are monitored, and are given guidance on infection prevention.

At the same time, there are municipalities with schools that have been carrying out classes on a reduced schedule. In Katsuyama City, schools have been making use of the learning support videos created by the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education, and distributed through DVDs (the schools’ lesson frequency are not affected by the lesson videos). In Ikeda Town, from May 25th, students are in school until 3:00 p.m., with 30 minute classes for elementary schools, and 45 minute classes for junior high schools.

Regarding school lunches, the service will resume within 11 municipalities form June 1st. As for Sakai City, which will resume school lunches from the 2nd, a request was made towards the school lunch centers for meals which will be easy to set on the table, and for ingredients to not have direct contact with bare hands.

Leading up to the school reopening, each municipal education board distributed antiseptic solution to its schools, and issued guidance for thorough infection prevention measures, such as frequent room ventilation. In Sabae City, distribution of face shields for every elementary and junior high school students, as well as for every teacher, has been completed. Echizen City has also distributed face shileds, for everyone within the elementary and junior high schools to each receive two. In Takahama Town, desks are being disinfected with hypochlorite water, and have been setting up humidifiers.

“It would be ideal if we could divide class sizes in half, to reduce the number of students during lessons; however, that would require double the teachers, which is unrealistic. We can only proceed with our current means, while being thorough with things like room ventilation during class,” said an Echizen City Board of Education associate, bracing for the school reopening.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1092484