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  • Measures in Response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (Updated May 12, 2020)

    05 12, 2020

    There are successive reports of novel coronavirus disease infection cases occurring domestically. Under these circumstances, and in light of the government's Basic Policies for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control dated February 25, we ask that you reacquaint yourself with the following matters for consideration and take appropriate measures to prevent infection.

    Responses to novel coronavirus disease at the University of Tsukuba include the formation on January 29 of the Novel Coronavirus Disease Risk Response Team and the measures it has been promoting. The university is providing information for students and faculty to respond to. Information for students is posted on TWINS and information for faculty members is posted on sites exclusively for faculty use. Notices and other information are slated to be posted as circumstances arise, so please check these sites as needed.

     

    1. Action in response to fever or other such symptom1. Action in response to fever or other such symptom

    (1) Please try to do the following before seeking consultation or treatment at a medical institution, etc.

    • - When you have a fever or other such symptoms of a cold, do not go to school or to work. Refrain from going out.
    • - When you have a fever or other such symptoms of a cold, take your temperature every day and keep a record of it.
    • - Persons who have pre-existing disease and who have a change in symptoms, persons who worry over diseases other than COVID-19, first, consult with your primary care doctor, etc. over the phone.
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    (2) Indicators for consultation with the Returnee and Contact Person Consultation Center, etc.

    If corresponding to any of the following, consult with the “ Returnee and Contact Person Consultation Center  ” (hereinafter referred to as the “Center” placed at the nearest public health center, etc. at once. (In this regard, however, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW), consultations even if none of the following applies are also possible.) Be sure to check with a medical facility without visiting it directly.

      ☆Any of the following serious conditions: breathing difficulty, fatigue, high fever, etc.

      ☆Persons more likely to become severe () and in the presence of milder forms of cold symptoms including fever and cough

      (※) The elderly, persons who have pre-existing disease including diabetes, cardiac incompetence, and breathing problem (COPD, etc.), persons who are on dialysis, and persons who are using drugs to suppress the immune system, anticancer drugs, etc.

      ☆Persons who do not apply above and have a bout of milder forms of cold symptoms including fever and cough

    (When symptoms continue for 4 days or more, be sure to have a consultation. Because symptoms are different with each person, if you presume that you are in serious condition, have a consultation at once. The same applies if you have to continue to take antipyretics.)

    (Expectant mothers)

    For expectant mothers, just in case, as with persons more likely to become severe, consult with the Center as soon as possible.

    (Reference) Indicators for COVID-19 Consultation and Screening (MHLW)

    Returnee and Contact Person Consultation Center

    Ibaraki Prefectural Government Office
    Reception hours: On duty 24 hours (including Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays)
    Tel: 029-301-3200 Fax: 029-301-6341

    Tsukuba Public Health Center
    Reception hours: 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays
    Tel: 029-851-9287
    For English: 029-859-5000
    Note: The Tsukuba Public health Center covers individuals whose current residence is “Tsukuba City, Tsukubamirai City, and Joso City”.

    Individuals whose current residence is other than listed above should check the following website and make an inquiry.
     Returnee and Contact Person Consultation Center for COVID-19 (MHLW) 

    If consultation with the Center results in the determination that you are possibly infected with novel coronavirus, you will be directed to a medical institution that has outpatient facilities for people returning to Japan and people having contact with infection. The Center receives inquiries by telephone from people who may have the infection, then coordinates as necessary so that those people can be certain to receive an examination at an outpatient facility for people returning to Japan and people having contact with infection. Please go to the recommended examining medical institution and receive an examination, and do not go to multiple medical institutions for examination.

    If diagnosis confirms a novel coronavirus infection, students must be sure to contact the coordinator for student matters in the Academic Service Office by telephone or email, and faculty members must be sure to contact the coordinator for general affairs in their department by telephone or email.

    * People like those described below can tend to have their condition become more severe. so if the above symptoms continue for about two days, these people should get in touch with the Center and follow the instructions given.

    • - Elderly people
    • - People with underlying conditions such as diabetes, a heart condition, or respiratory disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • - People undergoing dialysis
    • - People who are using immunosuppressant drugs, anticancer drugs, etc.

    <People who are currently pregnant>
    If you are pregnant, please consult with the Center without delay, in the same way as people whose conditions can tend to become more severe.

    2. Regarding people returning to Japan from other countries, etc.

    (1) Handling of returnees, etc. from overseas in our university

     Not applying only to countries where there is a COVID-19 epidemic, all students, faculty members, and employees who returned or came to Japan from overseas and students, faculty members, and employees who are traveling overseas should take the following measures. Furthermore, because there is an incubation period, they should rest at home and monitor their health with careful attention paid to changes in their physical condition and symptoms for 2 weeks from the day following the date of their entry or return to Japan.

      Students, faculty members, and employees who already returned or came to Japan, in the case where 2 weeks after returning or coming to Japan have not yet passed, should take the following measures.

    Measures to be taken by returnees, etc. from overseas (As of March 25, 2020)

    Students, faculty members, and employees who returned or came to Japan from overseas

    Students, faculty members, and employees who are traveling overseas

    Immediately after returning to Japan, students should report their return to Japan and their current location by phone or e-mail to Student Affairs in the Academic Service Office, and faculty members and employees should report to General Affairs in the affiliated department, etc.

    Two weeks from the day following their return to Japan, they should monitor their health including taking their body temperature without fail every morning and staying at home even without symptoms.

    Students should report their current situation (health condition, plan to return to Japan, etc.) by phone or e-mail to Student Affairs in the Academic Service Office, and faculty members and employees should report to General Affairs in the affiliated department, etc.

    Note: By request from Ibaraki Prefecture, on returning to Japan from overseas, Ibaraki residents should stay at home and call the Returnee and Contact Person Consultation Center (On duty 24 hours; Tel: 029-301-3200) Request from Ibaraki Prefecture 

    Note: Students, faculty members, and employees who live with a family member, etc. who entered or returned to Japan from all countries and regions should stay at home and refrain from going out unless absolutely necessary for 2 weeks after the return to Japan of the relevant family member, etc.

    3. Regarding travel to other countries

    (1) About travel restrictions

    For overseas travel of students, faculty members, and employees (business trip, etc.), please take the following measures based on the “Travel Guidelines for Students, Faculty Members, and University Employees in case of a Crisis Overseas" (Decision by the President of July 2, 2015)” and depending on the risk level in the risk information and information about risk of infectious disease issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Overseas Safety HP 
    Furthermore, to avoid being subjected to restrictions on movement in the country and region of destination and difficulty in departing as of March 25, 2020, worldwide risk information (level 2) was issued. As such, students should avoid all travel and faculty members and employees should avoid non-essential travel.

    Measures based on the risk information and information about risk of infectious disease issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (4 categories)

    Risk information and information about risk of infectious disease issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Handling of our university

    Students

    Faculty members and employees

    Level 4:

    Evacuate

    Evacuate

    Level 3:

    Avoid all travel

    Avoid all travel

    Level 2:

    Avoid all travel

    Avoid non-essential travel

    Level 1:

    Exercise caution

    Exercise caution


    (2) About restrictions on entry, etc.

    Regarding restrictions on entry by travelers from Japan and citizens of Japan by specific countries and regions, as well as restrictions on activities after entry, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Overseas Travel Safety website. Status of restrictions on entry and restrictions on activities following entry by specific countries and regions in connection with novel coronavirus disease (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 

    (3) About the government's drastic strengthening of border measures

    The government is implementing further measures for drastic strengthening of border enforcement measures against novel coronavirus disease, so please check the current information when travelling to other countries.

    Measures to strengthen border measures pertaining to COVID-19 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 

    Overview of strengthening border measures (MHLW)

    Q&A on the drastic strengthening of border measures (MHLW) 

     

     

    (4) Various notifications, etc. for overseas safety and security management

    When natural disasters, terrorist incidents, outbreaks of infectious diseases, and other such disasters occur overseas, we seek to promptly determine the whereabouts and safety status of people travelling in the affected region. Therefore we ask that whenever you travel overseas, not just for study abroad or short-term training, but also for private purposes, you register with the Overseas Travel Registration Service  (ORP (Online Residential Registration) net or overseas travel registration (Tabi-Regi)) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Students are also requested to register with the university's system for notification of travel to other countries.

    (Reference) Overseas travel risk management (University of Tsukuba official website)

    4. Regarding classes, etc.

    Please check for information about the handling of classes and other such activities at this university in connection with novel coronavirus disease, which will be posted under Notices from the University to Students on the TWINS electronic bulletin board (on-campus access only) and on the exclusive faculty website (on-campus access only).

    The link to the TWINS electronic bulletin board is here .

    Exclusive faculty website: The link to the administrative website is here .

    5. Regarding entrance examinations, etc.

    Information about the handling of entrance examinations and related matters is posted at the University of Tsukuba Admissions Center website.

    The link to the University of Tsukuba Admissions Center website is here .

    6. Regarding extracurricular activities, etc.

    For information regarding prevention of the spread of novel coronavirus infection in extracurricular activities, please check the information posted under Notices to Registered Students.

    【Suspension of the Extracurricular / Club Activities】Self-restrain Request Associated with State of Emergency Declaration Apr 9, 2020

    【Health Alert】Corona Virus Prevention on Campus Life Apr 1, 2020

    <Important> Regarding extension of the period for measures to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus infection in Extracurricular Activities (Request)  Mar 12, 2020

    <Important> Regarding Prevention of the Spread of Novel Coronavirus Infection in Extracurricular Activities (Request)  Feb 28, 2020

    7. Regarding prevention of the spread of infection when special events are held

    With regard to holding special events and other such occasions, please bear in mind the aim of preventing the spread of infection and reconsider the necessity of holding the event in light of the spread of infection, the circumstances of the venue, and so on. If there is no choice but to hold the event because it cannot be cancelled or postponed, then please hold it with measures to reduce the chances for infection. These include, for example, urging participants to wash their hands, providing alcohol-based disinfectant, asking people who have cold-like symptoms not to participate, and so on.

    8. Regarding measures against infection by individual persons and households

    It is very important for individuals to take measures such as coughing etiquette and hand-washing just as when dealing with colds and seasonal influenza. If you have cold symptoms, please refrain from going out, and if you must go out, please wear a mask. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (public awareness materials) Preventing novel coronavirus 

    ①It is effective to use measures against infection like those for seasonal influenza.

    ②The main routes of infection are by droplets and by contact.

    ③Make every effort to observe coughing etiquette (when coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a mask, tissue, handkerchief, etc., to keep droplets from being blown around).

    ④Strictly enforce handwashing with soap and disinfectant.

    ⑤Clean and disinfect places that you touch with your fingers.

     

    9. Related information

    <Cabinet Secretariat>

    Measures in response to novel coronavirus disease

    <Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare>

    About novel coronavirus disease

    Q&A on novel coronavirus

    Novel coronavirus consultation center for people returning to Japan and people having contact with infection

    <Ministry of Foreign Affairs>

    Overseas Travel Safety website

    <Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology>

    Responses to preventive measures against novel coronavirus infection

    To Japanese students who are studying overseas

    <Ibaraki Prefecture>

    Ibaraki Prefecture Website

    <Tsukuba City>

    Tsukuba City Website

    <University of Tsukuba Health Center>

    About novel coronavirus disease

    Direct inquiries to:

    Division of Risk Management, Department of General Affairs, University of Tsukuba
    Tel 029-853-2195
    Fax 029-853-2129
    e-mail: somuka.risk#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp
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