*This email is translated using the AI translator DeepL.
To Kyushu University Students, Faculty & Staff:
The number of positive cases in Kyushu University has been increasing rapidly at an unprecedented rate, and has exceeded 100 since the beginning of January. The hospital bed occupancy rate in Fukuoka Prefecture has been kept under control for now, so the Fukuoka Corona Alert has not been issued. However, the daily number of infected people in Fukuoka Prefecture has reached a record high, and the infection situation is becoming more serious every day.
In light of the nationwide infection situation, the spread of infection of the Omicron variant, the infection situation on campus, and the fact that we are entering the busy season of end-of-year examinations, entrance examinations, and end-of-year operations, Effective January 18, 2022, the University's restriction level will be raised to "2 Restriction (Small)" to strengthen the restriction on behavior.
We would like to ask students, faculty & staff members to take more through basic measures to prevent infection, such as wearing a mask, practicing proper hand hygiene, and avoiding the 3Cs. We would also like to ask you to take more precautions to prevent infection than ever before.
⇒Courses will be taught using a combination of in-person and remote classes while giving the utmost consideration to preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection. In consideration of the form and characteristics of the class, the class shall be flexibly switched to remote classes depending on the infection status of the members.
⇒Research staff such as faculty and laboratory personnel consider what work can be done from home using online tools.
- Student Extracurricular Activities
⇒Students/student groups will be asked to refrain from all extracurricular activities, and some gymnasiums and facilities will be closed. Details shall be determined separately.
- Travel & Going Out
⇒Refrain from non-essential travel to areas where "Quasi-emergency COVID-19 measures" are applied【As of Jan. 18, Okinawa, Yamaguchi, Hiroshima, and if 13 prefectures are added in the future as reported, this will be included】. Travel and business trips to areas where COVID-19 infections are rapidly spreading should be carefully reassessed. Please consider the necessity of travel as well as the use of teleconferencing for meetings.
⇒In cases where travel to and from "Quasi-emergency COVID-19 measures" , local governments are offering free COVID-19 PCR tests for asymptomatic people who are concerned about infection.Please make use of these tests to confirm whether or not you are infected.
- Visits to Campus
⇒Refrain from accepting non-essential visits from areas where "Quasi-emergency COVID-19 measures" are applied. Consider holding meetings online and reassess the necessity of meeting in person when visitors are traveling from areas where COVID-19 infections are rapidly spreading.
⇒If it is unavoidable for a person to receive a visit from "Quasi-emergency COVID-19 measures" , local governments are offering free COVID-19 PCR tests for asymptomatic people who are concerned about infection.Please make use of these tests to confirm whether or not you are infected.
*Regarding the latest Kyushu U Guidance Level
To be announced on the Kyushu U website when it is ready.
Since most of the infected people and close contacts at Kyushu University have been infected through "eating and drinking together," we would like to ask you to make a careful decision about "eating and drinking together."
When going out to eat or drink, please choose restaurants that have thorough infection prevention measures in place, and strictly refrain from pouring drinks among each other, passing glasses around, talking loudly, and other activities that carry a high risk of infection.
Some local governments are offering free COVID-19 PCR tests for asymptomatic people who are concerned about infection.
Please make use of these tests to voluntarily confirm whether or not you are infected.
〔Free COVID-19 tests for asymptomatic individuals (Fukuoka Prefecture〕〕
*Japanese text only
*Students: Contact the Student Section of your school or faculty
First-year undergraduates should contact:
Academic Student Support Section, Student Support Division, Student Affairs Department.
Faculty and staff: Contact the general affairs section in your department
Contact List: (Only available in Japanese)
※Flow Chart on What to Do If You Have Cold-like Symptoms
January 18, 2022
Kyushu University Novel Coronavirus Crisis Response Headquarters