Warning for New Coronavirus Infection (No 8)

April 8, 2020

Warning for New Coronavirus Infection (No 8)

To Students, Faculty and Staff Members:

Risk Management Headquarter
(for New Coronavirus Infection Control)
 University of the Ryukyus

“Warnings for New Coronavirus-Related Pneumonia” has been changed to “Warning for New Coronavirus Infection” since the spread of COVID-19 has been growing in Japan and overseas. Additional information is added to the past warnings. Please read the following information thoroughly and take appropriate measures.
The University will keep updating the COVID-19 alert measures as the situation changes.

For students, important notices and updated information will be sent to the email addresses provided by the University. Please set your smartphone to get the information.

(Major changes)
The measures in the Warning No. 7 have been changed as follows based on the requests of Okinawa Governor Tamaki:

※ Main changes are underlined in red

2 Health observation
The flow chart for those who are infected or suspected of new coronavirus infection is added.

4 Refraining from traveling (including business trips)
Adding the necessary measure for health observation after returning (or coming) from outside of Okinawa.

In addition, other minor corrections of wording, etc. were made.

《Prevention of the spread of infection》
1. Students, faculty, and staff members should always take measures for hygiene management and prevention from infection, such as washing hands frequently with soap, practicing cough etiquette, and wearing a mask. Also, please avoid participating in events where many people gather and eating, drinking and sharing food with multiple people in a closed space as much as possible.

In particular, there are cases of young people who have inapparent infections (infected but have no symptoms). Because there are possibilities that you may become a spreader (infection source) and infect other people, it is important to keep in your mind to avoid any actions to spread infection.

《Health observation》
2. Students, faculty, and staff members should observe health conditions everyday by taking body temperature. You can download “Health Diary” app or “Health Check Sheet” from the following website: (Ryukyus Academic Information System)

Students, faculty and staff members who have a fever or any symptom of a cold, follow the instructions below.
If you are infected or suspected of new coronavirus infection, contact a public health center and the University and follow the flowchart attached.
① Rest at home
② Refrain from going out

《General guideline for consultation and going to a hospital》
3. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please consult with the Returnees and Contact Center (in Okinawa, a public health center in your residence area).

  • Having any cold symptoms or a fever (37.5 ° C or above) for 4 days or longer
  • Having sense of weariness (fatigue) or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)

After the consultation, if you are suspected of new coronavirus infection, consult a medical institution that you are instructed to go.

In case you are diagnosed as COVID-19, contact your faculty/graduate school office immediately.

《Refraining from traveling (including business trips)》
4. For the time being, students, faculty and staff members should refrain from traveling (including business trips) to areas outside Okinawa.
Traveling (including transit) to the “State of Emergency Declaration Regions” is prohibited.

For faculty and staff members, in case traveling is unavoidable, you need to obtain a permission for traveling from the President by submitting a statement of reason for an essential travel.

In addition, based on the statement of the Okinawa Governor, record your health conditions for two weeks after returning (coming) from outside of Okinawa by using “Health Diary” app or “Health Check Sheet” mentioned above in 2 and observe any changes of your health conditions.

《Prohibition of Overseas Travels》
5. For the time being, students, faculty and staff members are prohibited from traveling abroad. The University will determine the end of the period for this measure depending on situations in the days ahead.

《Returnees and Visitors from Countries/Areas with Warning on Infectious Disease Level 2 or higher》
6. For students, faculty and staff members who returned from abroad, you must contact the office of your Faculty/Graduate School and follow the instructions. (Please refer to the attached chart)

For students, faculty and staff members who are currently staying abroad, if you fall under any of the following, you must stay home for 14 days and observe your health condition carefully (check your body temperature twice a day, observe any symptoms, and so on) and keep a record.

  • Students, faculty and staff members who returned or came from a country/area with MOFA’s Travel Advice and Warning on Infectious Disease Level 2 (Please refrain from unnecessary and non-urgent travels) or higher:

*As of March 31, 2020, all countries and areas all over the world are designated as Infectious Disease Level 2 or higher.

If you are concerned about measures by the Japanese Government towards those returning to/entering Japan (such as request for stay at an airport) or about your study or work due to the measures mentioned above, please contact the office of your Faculty/Graduate School.

《Refraining from holding and participating in events》
7. As a general rule, any event hosted by a faculty or a faculty member of the University must be canceled or postponed.

In case it is absolutely necessary to hold an event during this period and participants can be identified, we strongly recommend for event holders to take any possible measure to prevent the spread of infection: participants must wear masks, an alcohol disinfectant should be placed at the entrance of the venue, adequate ventilation should be provided and those who have symptoms such as cold are not allowed to participate in the event. It is strongly advised to take every possible measure more thoroughly to avoid “Three Cs”:

<Three C’s>
1. Closed Space with poor ventilation.
2. Crowded Places with many people nearby.
3. Close-Contact Settings such as close-range conversations.

《Treating absence treated as official absence》
8. If a student is infected or suspected of new coronavirus infection and the University determined that the student should not come to the university, the University treats the student’s absence as official absence.

《Accepting foreign researchers》
9. If a faculty member is planning to accept a foreign researcher from a country/area designated as MOFA’s Warning on Infectious Disease Level 2 or higher, please cancel or postpone accepting a researcher.

《Prohibition of Club/Circle and Volunteer Activities》
10. Any club/circle and volunteer activities are prohibited. When it is necessary to hold a meeting, please use communication or web conference app on your smartphone or PC and avoid direct contact. In addition, please do not carry out any volunteer activity at a place where a coronavirus infected person is staying and do not carelessly approach to the place.

《Refraining from holding a meeting》
11. Concerning holding a meeting in the University, it is advised to consider its necessity, and you may cancel or postpone a meeting. If it is necessary to hold a meeting, avoid “Three Cs” and make every effort to prevent the spread of infection by shortening a meeting time or having a teleconferencing partially or entirely.

Situations have been changing daily. Please check the updated information and the following websites. Also, please pay careful attention to your personal information and be calm and coolheaded.

【Related websites】

Instructions for those who are infected or suspected of new conoravirus

Instructions for students and faculty/staff members who returned to/entered into Japan from  foreign countries

Contact details for faculties and departments
Faculty/Graduate School/Student Division Section Phone E-mail 
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences/
Faculty of Law & Letters
Academic Affairs Section 098-895-8188
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Graduate School of Law Law School Section 098-895-8091
Faculty of Global & Regional Studies/ Faculty of Tourism Sciences & Industrial Management Academic Affairs Section 098-895-9053
Graduate School of Tourism Sciences
Faculty of Education Graduate School Section 098-895-8317
Graduate School of Education Graduate School Section 098-895-8312
Faculty of Science/Graduate School of Engineering and Science (Science Major) Academic Affairs Section 098-895-8595
Faculty of Medicine Student Support Subsection, Academic Affairs Section 098-895-1055
Graduate School of Medicine/Graduate School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Engineering/ Graduate School of Engineering & Science (Engineering major) Academic Affairs Section 098-895-8583
Faculty of Agriculture/ Graduate School of Agriculture Academic Affairs Section 098-895-8738
Student Support Section, Student Affairs Division General Education Subsection 098-895-8854