Fukui Prefecture, One New COVID-19 Infection

Fukui Prefecture, One New COVID-19 Infection

January 4th Report

On January 4th, Fukui Prefecture reported one new COVID-19 infection, of a Sakai City male company employee in his 20s. On January 2nd, the man experienced chills and fatigue. On the 3rd, as a close contact of a COVID-19 patient from outside the prefecture, a biological sample was taken. On the 4th, PCR test results showed positive for COVID-19.

Fukui Prefecture currently has a cumulative total of 360 COVID-19 cases.

Sources: https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/210104.pdf; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1236060

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

Five COVID-19 Cases Across Fukui City, Echizen City, and Sakai City

Five COVID-19 Cases Across Fukui City, Echizen City, and Sakai City

April 21st, Novel Coronavirus, Men and Women in Their 20s to 70s

On April 21st, Fukui Prefecture reported five new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across Fukui City, Echizen City, and Sakai City, bringing the prefecture’s total number of confirmed cases to 118.

Brief details of the 114th through to the 118th cases are as follows:

[114] Fukui City unemployed female, in her 70s

[115] Echizen City unemployed male, in his 20s

[116] Sakai City female company employee, in her 60s

[117] Sakai City male company employee, in his 30s

[118] Fukui City unemployed male, in his 70s

Excluding the Echizen City male [115], all in the reported cases have had close contact with someone who has been confirmed with COVID-19.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1072451

Fourth COVID-19 Death in Fukui Prefecture, of Sabae City Man in his 80s

Fourth COVID-19 Death in Fukui Prefecture, of Sabae City Man in his 80s

April 15th, Eight COVID-19 Infections in Fukui City, Sakai City, and Ono City

On April 15th, Fukui Prefecture reported the 4th death within the prefecture, connected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of a Sabae City unemployed male in his 80s, who was the prefecture’s 69th confirmed COVID-19 patient. Furthermore, it was announced that the prefecture’s 93rd through to the 100th COVID-19 cases were of 5 people in Fukui City, 2 in Sakai City, and 1 in Ono City.

Brief details of the 8 new cases are as follows:

[93] Sakai City unemployed male, in his 70s

[94] Sakai City male company employee, in his 50s

[95] Fukui City female self-employed helper, in her 70s

[96] Fukui City unemployed female, in her 70s

[97] Fukui City male company employee, in his 30s

[98] Fukui City female doctor, in her 50s

[99] Ono City male company employee, in his 50s

[100] Fukui City unemployed female, in her 70s

The Fukui City female doctor [98] is employed at the Fukushima Urology Clinic (in Fukui City), where the clinical director and other patients have been confirmed with COVID-19.

In cases [93], [97], [99], and [100], each person has had some or close contact with someone who had been confirmed with COVID-19. Investigations are still ongoing for cases [94], [95], and [96].

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1068794

Novel Coronavirus, 4 New Cases

Novel Coronavirus, 4 New Cases

Fukui Prefectural Hospital, 81 Tested Negative

On April 13th, Fukui Prefecture reported 4 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Furthermore, it was reported that 81 medical personnel and patients, connected with a Fukui Prefectural Hospital nurse infected with COVID-19, underwent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and tested negative.

On April 12th, the Fukui Prefectural Hospital reported that a female nurse, in her 40s, had been infected with COVID-19. Up to April 13th, among the 99 medical personnel and patients who had close interactions with the nurse, 81 had taken a PCR test and all have tested negative for the virus. The status of the remaining 18 people will be reported at a later time.

In addition, according to Fukui Prefecture, there has been a confirmation of 4 new COVID-19 cases across Sabae City, Sakai City, and Fukui City, of men and women ranging from their 30s to 60s.

Within the prefecture, the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 92, with 5 patients currently in serious condition.

Brief details of the 89th through to the 92nd cases are as follows:

[89] Sakai City independent businessman, in his 60s

[90] Fukui City male company employee, in his 60s

[91] Sabae City female restaurant employee, in her 30s

[92] Sakai City female company employee, in her 40s

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128017&page=1