The Nagano Prefecture alert levels are: Level 5 – Special Warning II (purple), Level 4 – Special Warning (red), Level 3 – Warning (orange), Level 2 – Alert (yellow), and Level 1 – Advisory (white).
Nagano Prefecture’s COVID-19 portal has updated with new prefectural priorities for the period of January 8-February 7. Response is focused on the following five areas:
- Halting the spread of the third wave of COVID-19
- Following Nagano Prefecture’s New Lifestyle Guidelines
- Preparing medical and screening systems to trace infection and receive patients
- Measuring and supporting financial recovery within the prefecture
- Combating harassment and bias against those who contract or are tested for COVID-19
Post-New Year holidays updates:
- January 18: Iida City has risen to Level 5, to last until January 31 (announcement).
- Businesses serving alcohol are subject to reduced hours or closures.
- In addition to weighing closure of prefectural facilities, municipal Iida City facilities may be subject to closures depending on how the situation develops.
- January 14: Nagano Prefecture has declared a State of Medical Emergency, to last until February 3 (announcement).
- Residents are encouraged to reduce social contact, avoid travel to areas with high rates of infection, and refrain from spending long periods eating and drinking in large groups. Older adults and those with underlying conditions are encouraged to avoid nonessential outings.
- Businesses are asked to avoid hosting large events and consider the necessity of hosting events on all scales. In addition, businesses are asked to avoid active recruitment of visitors from areas with higher rates of infection.
- The declaration outlines prefectural goals including bolstering the number of hospital beds available for treating COVID-19 patients, allocating additional non-hospital quarantine locations for patients with light or no symptoms, and preparing local medical systems to be able to smoothly distribute vaccines.
- The prefecture aims to reduce all alert levels to Level 3 or lower and below 25 percent occupation of available hospital beds for COVID-19.
- January 14: The Nanshin area has risen to Level 4 (announcement).
- January 11: Saku City, Karuizawa and Miyota, within the Saku area, have risen to Level 5 (announcement). Requests to residents and details are identical to those issued for Matsumoto City, below.
- January 8: Matsumoto City in the Matsumoto area has risen to Level 5, to last until January 21 (announcement).
- As of January 7, more than 80 percent of available hospital beds for COVID-19 treatment in the in the Matsumoto area had been filled, with eight patients sent to hospitals outside of the region (details).
- In addition to weighing closure of prefectural facilities, municipal Matsumoto City facilities may be subject to closures depending on how the situation develops.
- Those at high-risk of contracting serious symptoms are asked to refrain from unnecessary outings.
- Businesses are encouraged to offer work-from-home options where possible.
- Residents are asked to consider the necessity of any large events, and avoid eating in large groups for long periods.
- Senior living centers are a priority for increased testing.
- No hour-reductions or closures for private businesses are yet outlined.
- January 7: Komoro City in the Saku area has risen to Level 5, to last until January 21 (announcement).
- As of January 5, more than 60 percent of available hospital beds for COVID-19 treatment in the Saku area had been filled, with seven patients sent to hospitals outside of the region (details).
- Businesses serving alcohol in the area have been asked to reduce hours or close depending on their ability to meet social distancing guidelines, and will receive financial support.
- Those at high-risk for contracting serious symptoms are asked to refrain from unnecessary outings.
- January 5: The Matsumoto area has risen to Level 4 (announcement).
- January 3: The Saku area has risen to Level 4 (announcement).
- In addition to an increase in cases, the Saku and Matsumoto areas have both seen a high number of cases with untraceable routes of infection. Those living in the areas are encouraged to be especially cautious during this period.
In addition, Nagano asks the following of its residents throughout the prefecture:
- Follow Nagano Prefecture’s New Lifestyle Guidelines
- Avoid high-risk behaviors (talking while eating with others, etc.)
- Follow preventative measures in place at businesses
- Maintain sufficient caution if traveling to areas with high rates of infection
- If you are concerned about a fever or other possible symptoms, contact your designated health center (See Consultations below)
- Follow precautions at work
- Beware of letting your guard down on breaks or when leaving your usual workstation
- Observe Nagano’s COVID-19 workplace guidelines (regular ventilation, decreased numbers of in-office staff, etc.)
Total confirmed cases in Nagano Prefecture: 1,989
Discharged patients: 1,502
Active cases: 479
Inpatients (by health center): Hokushin (10), Iida (32), Ina (21), Kiso (0), Matsumoto (141), Omachi (23), Nagano (5), Nagano City (35), Saku (104), Suwa (30), Ueda (58)
- View the most recent case information here (JP).
- View all Nagano Prefecture case information here or here (official, JP) and here (unofficial, EN).
As most of you already know, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Nagano Prefecture on February 25, 2020. While the Prefectural Government has been updating its homepage with various resources regarding the novel coronavirus, most of the information is in Japanese, so we have summarized it here, and provided links to other resources as well.
Latest entry and re-entry updates (updated January 14):
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated their entry restrictions and procedures, reflecting a moratorium on most new entries from all countries through the end of January. Please read this page (EN), if you absolutely must travel outside of Japan for details about the conditions for re-entry for current residents. Please note that the current link on that page for the quarantine pledge document is outdated—the new January 14 version, required of all returning residents, rather than only those returning from the UK or South Africa, can be found here (EN) or here (JP).
Re-entry in all cases requires a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of departure, as well as documentation of quarantine plans for 14 days (via the pledge document available through the links above). If you do not have a negative test result, you will be moved to an approved quarantine facility upon landing (JP, EN). Failure to comply with quarantine rules may result in revocation of visa, so please make sure you and your contracting organization have made plans prior to your departure.
As of January 14, the “business track” plan allowing exemptions from testing and quarantine requirements for returnees from 11 countries has also been suspended (JP).
For additional details about requirements for re-entering Japan as of restriction updates, please see this page on the Immigration Services Agency of Japan site (EN and JP). If you are a current JET considering international travel, we highly encourage you to contact your Block Leader or the PAs in advance.
The Prefectural Government has also officially requested all residents to refrain from non-essential international and domestic travel in addition to refraining from gathering in large groups or those from outside your home. Please see the above section for details.
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