*This email is translated using the AI translator DeepL.
To Kyushu University Students, Faculty & Staff:
In Fukuoka Prefecture the daily number of infected people has reached a record high. Fukuoka Prefecture has decided to effective the " Fukuoka Corona Alert " from January 24 and to join in requesting the national government to apply the priority measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
The number of infected people at Kyushu University has increased rapidly since the beginning of January due to the impact of the Omicron strain, reaching 150 people as of January 22. The number has already surpassed the previous record by more than 100 people. (*Infection situation at Kyushu University)
Therefore, while maintaining “Level 2: Restrictions (Low)” the restriction will be strengthened from January 24, 2022, to February 20, 2022. I would like to ask all students, faculty and staff to fully understand the seriousness of the infection situation in Kyushu University and Fukuoka Prefecture. We would like to ask students, faculty & staff members to take more thorough basic measures to prevent infection, such as wearing a mask, practicing proper hand hygiene, and avoiding the 3Cs. Please observe the following restrictions and make further efforts to prevent infection.
Thank you to the many students, faculty and staff who reported your status to the ANPIC during the earthquake that struck in the early morning hours of January 22. There is a possibility of aftershocks for a while, so please remain vigilant.
- Eating and Drinking Together
⇒Generally, no more than four people can be seated at the same table in a restaurant.
⇒Avoid using restaurants for long periods of time, no more than two hours. Refrain from using restaurants for extended periods of time, and avoid activities that increase the risk of infection, such as pouring drinks among each other, passing glasses around, talking loudly, and using karaoke facilities with inadequate infection prevention measures applied.（This includes gatherings with meals at private homes, etc.）
⇒Even if eating or drinking outdoors, take thorough measures to prevent infection, such as maintaining a social distance and wearing a mask when talking. Avoid loud conversations and other activities that increase the risk of infection.
- Travel & Going Out
⇒When going out, please wear a mask, including those who have been vaccinated, disinfect your hands, and take your temperature at the places you visit.
⇒Please refrain from unnecessary travel across prefectures, especially to and from areas where a state of emergency or the priority measures to prevent the spread of disease have been declared.
⇒Please refrain from unnecessary moving across prefectures, especially to and from areas where a state of emergency or the priority measures to prevent the spread of disease have been declared.If it is necessary to move, please undergo PCR or other tests to confirm that you are negative.Local governments are offering free COVID-19 PCR tests for asymptomatic people who are concerned about infection.
- Visits to Campus
⇒Refrain from hosting non-essential and non-urgent visits from travel across prefectures, especially to and from areas where a state of emergency or the priority measures to prevent the spread of disease have been declared.
⇒In light of the request for shorter hours of operation for restaurants, faculty and staff will, in principle, leave work on time and adjust their schedule so that overtime is not required. Supervisors and flextime workers are also expected to leave work early as long as it does not interfere with their work or educational and research activities.
⇒Educational and research activities, as well as administrative work on campus after 9:00 p.m., shall be conducted only when deemed necessary.
⇒When using public transportation such as trains, buses, and cabs, always wear a mask and refrain from talking loudly.
*Regarding the latest Kyushu U Guidance Level
To be announced on the Kyushu U website when it is ready.
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 23, 2022
Kyushu University Novel Coronavirus Crisis Response Headquarters
*Infection situation at Kyushu University (As of Jan. 22)
- Number of people infected on campus: 150 (those who were reported as positive at the university headquarters)
Breakdown: 127 undergraduate students, 16 graduate students, 6 staff members, 1 faculty member
- There are many cases where detailed reports on the factors of infection are not yet available, but as far as they are available, the following trends can be observed.
There were many cases of possible infection at the coming-of-age ceremony and reunion. (This may be one of the reasons for the high number of infections among undergraduate students.)
There were many cases of infection due to close contact between students at eating, drinking and on trips.
A significant number of infections were observed when students returned home town.
→ In light of this infection situation, it is considered essential to restrict eating and drinking activities and travel across prefectures as a countermeasure at present.