Based on Shimane University Action Guidelines and other related rules, we request that you respond as follows in order to prevent the infectious spread. The following is the current response, and may change depending on future changes in the situation. Please regularly check the Shimane University official website. In order to protect yourself and the people around you as well as prevent further spread, your understanding and cooperation are appreciated concerning the instructions below.
1. Infection Spread Prevention (Updated November 30)
・Always wear a face mask while on campus. (Be careful of heat stroke.）
・Sanitize or wash your hands and fingers when entering buildings, laboratories, class rooms, before and after the use of the toilet, before and after eating, and before and after use of shared equipment. Use your own handkerchief or towel.
・Check your body temperature at home. If you feel sick, you are not allowed to enter campus. Be sure to notify the university following No. 2 “When You Feel Sick and Are Suspected to be Infected (including those who have entered Japan from abroad).”
・Utilize the app COVID-19 Contact-tracing Application “COCOA” developed by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
・Make sure to avoid making your laboratory or office crowded (1. Closed spaces with poor ventilation, 2. Crowded places with many people nearby, and 3. Close-contact setting such as close-range conversations.)
〇 Ventilate at least twice every hour
〇 Frequently disinfect the facility and equipment
〇 Arrange seats with at least 1 meter away from each other
〇 Utilize shields or partition boards
Note the "5 situations" that increase the risk of infection, which the Novel Coronavirus Infectious Disease Control Subcomittee proposed to the Japanese Government. In particular, except when in the act of eating, drinking and smoking, be thorough with wearing a face mask and ventilation of break rooms, smoking spaces and locker rooms.
"5 situations" that increase the risk of infection [PDF：430KB]
2. When You Feel Sick and Are Suspected to be Infected (including cases of entering Japan from abroad) (Updated November 30)
Be sure to notify the university following the flowchart below when:
Flowchart when you feel sick or are suspected to be infected[PDF：486KB]
・ You undergo a PCR or an antigen test;
・ Your co-resident undergoes a PCR or an antigen test;
・ You have cold symptoms such as fever and/or cough, or you have problems with your sense of smell or taste;
・ You have strong drowsiness (malaise) or difficulty breathing (dyspnea);
・ You have had close contact with someone diagnosed with the novel coronavirus or diagnosed suspected to have the virus（*1）;
・ You enter Japan from a Level 2 or higher infected region （*2）;
・ You have had close contact with someone entering Japan from a Level 2 or higher infected region.
・ You have had contact with someone diagnosed with the novel coronavirus or someone diagnosed suspected to have the virus, and are going to receive PCR test.
・You have had contact with someone you live together with who has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus or has been diagnosed suspected to have the virus, and are going to receive PCR test.
（*1） What is “close contact”?
Those who have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during the past 2 days before the person developed symptoms, and those under any of the following conditions.
・Living with or spending long periods of time with a confirmed case (includes being in a car together or on the same flight)
・Those administering a medical examination, care or nursing care to a patient (a case) who is not following appropriate protection against infection
・Those with a high probability of having directly come into contact with contaminants such as respiratory secretions and bodily fluids of a confirmed case
・ Staying with a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes at a close distance (about 1 meter) without following appropriate protection against infection. (Comprehensive judgement on each case)
（Reference: Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases survey）
（*2） Please check the Overseas Safety website (MOFA) below for more information on the infectious disease risk levels.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/ (Japanese only)
Download the Self-Health Checklist to monitor your health condition.
3. Education and Research Activity (Updated October 1)
・Refer to this page for Points to Note on Education and Research Activity (Updated September 14) (SU intranet).
・Refer to this page (in Japanese) for sanitization at class rooms.
・If necessary, utilize “Checklist when Using Classroom for Face-to-face Classes” below.
Checklist when Using Classroom for Face-to-face Classes [DOCX：17.9KB]
4. Travel within Japan (Updated January 15)
Whenever possible, refrain from business trips, training and private trips from and to areas which Shimane University designates as Special Alert Infection Areas.
If you unavoidably need to travel to said area, notify your affiliation of your destination, duration and reason (or statement of reasons in case of a business trip) and obtain approval. After returning to Shimane, work from home for 10 days and record your health condition on the Self-HealthChecklist.
If you have a negative result of a PCR or an antigen test that you take after returning to Shimane, you are not required to work from home. (Continue monitoring your health condition with the Self-Health Checklist). If you woudl like a PCR or an antigen test, please contact the following.
Matsue Campus : Health Service Center Matsue Campus 0852-32-6568
Izumo Campus : General Affairs Division, Faculty of Medicine 0853-20-2023
【Special Alert Infection Area】（as of January 15）
Areas in red are the areas under a state of emergency. If an area is declared to be under a state of emergency during the applicable period, the area is designated as a Special Alert Infection Area immediately after the declaration. (The dates in parenthesis in the table indicate when an area is designated as a Special Alert Infection Area.
|Special Alert Infection Area|
|January 18 - 24||Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Tochigi, Toyama, Aichi, Gifu, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Okinawa|
|January 11 - 17||Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Tochigi, Osaka, Aichi (Jan. 14-17), Gifu (Jan. 14-17), Hyogo (Jan. 14-17), Kyoto (Jan. 14-17), Fukuoka (Jan. 14-17)|
|January 6 - 10||Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Hyogo, Tottori, Saitama (January 8 - 10)|
|December 28 - January 5||Tokyo, Kanagawa, Ishikawa, Osaka, Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima|
|December 21 - 27||Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo, Okayama|
※Special Alert Infection Area is designated based on the standard below.
Standard: More than 5 new positive cases per 100,000 people within the past 1 week in the applicable prefecture, and more than 50% of new cases have an untraceable source of infection.
Update: To be made every Friday for the following week from Monday to Sunday. However, if an area is declared to be under a state of emergency during the applicable period, the area is designated as a Special Alert Infection Area immediately after the declaration.
※Commuting and shopping across neighboring prefectures are exeptions if they are necessary for your daily life.
※Check FAQs regarding Travel within Japan below.
FAQs Regarding No.4 Travel within Japan (Updated November 30)[PDF：453KB]
※If you have started traveling before August 30, follow the previous rules. For more details, check the FAQs above.
If you unavoidably need to travel to said area, please especially be noted the following points.
・Be thorough on infectious prevention measures (wearing a mask, sanitizing hands and fingers, avoiding the “Three Cs”.)
・Avoid visiting busy areas at night.
・When organizing or joining any gatherings (especially ones with food and drinks), refrain from using such restaurants or facilities unless they take necessary prevention measures.
・Utilize the app COVID-19 Contact-tracing Application “COCOA.”
・After returning to Shimane, be thorough on health monitoring such as checking body temperature, and contact the university in case when you feel sick.
5. Overseas Travel (Updated September 14)
Cancel all travel (including private travel) to Infected Disease Risk Level 3 regions, and unnecessary, non-urgent travel to Level 2 regions.
Please check the Overseas Safety website (MOFA) below for more information on the infectious disease risk levels.
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/ (Japanese only)
Please note that some countries/regions set travel restrictions for Japanese nationals and for people traveling from Japan.
【For foreign nationals】
If you unavoidably need to travel to an Infected Disease Risk Level 2 or 3 region, your travel is permitted as an exemption only when you meet all the following requirements.
☑ You have resident status in Japan.
☑ You pledge to comply with additional epidemic prevention and control measures before leaving Japan.
☑ You receive a Receipt for request of re-entry from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan.
☑ You have obtained a re-entry permit from the country/region designated as subject to denial of landing.
※Consult with your supervisor or the International Exchange Division.
6. Measures for Faculty and Staff Not Attending Work (“Work Ban”) (Updated October 12)
The measures for staying at home and not attending work (“Work Ban”) are for people who are ordered to stay at home concerning this notice.
Faculty and Staff Member Rules for Staying at HOme and not Attending Work 8"Work Ban") [DOCX：19.6KB]
7. Organizing Meetings (Updated July 1)
While online meetings are recommended, small group (with participants filling 50% or less of the room capacity) face-to-face meetings are permitted with utmost care to prevent the infectious spread.
8. Organizing Events (Updated October 12)
The events organized by Shimane University and scheduled during the 2020 Second Semester should be thoroughly discussed regarding whether they should be held or not. This will be decided by the authorized event organizer, while following this university’s points of notice, and requirements by the Japanese Government and the Shimane Prefecture Government.
In addition, note the following points when organizing an event.
【Points to note when organizing an event】
○Thoroughly avoid the “Three Cs” taking the participants’ movement into account, e.g. at the time of entering and leaving the event.
○Make sure that everyone involved in the event checks their body temperature at home, and ask them to refrain from joining the event if they have symptoms, such as a fever.
○Request the participants to install COCOA, a COVID-19 contact tracing app, prior to the event.
○Be sure to obtain the participants’ contact information.
○Ask participants to wear a face mask whenever possible, e.g. exemption for heat stroke countermeasures.
○Request participants to be thorough on prevention measures, such as frequently sanitizing and washing their hands.
The above may change depending on future changes in the situation of the infectious spread.
9. Campus Entry of Non-Shimane University Members (Updated August 31)
When necessary, campus entry of non-Shimane University members is permitted under the condition that they follow the requirements below. As a rule, they are also required to have contacted their counterpart at Shimane University in advance.
Campus entry of those who come from Special Alert Infection Areas as shown in No.4 Travel within Japan is as a rule prohibited. However, in the case the visit cannot be substituted by online means or the date changed, and Shimane University deems it necessary, entry may be permitted when approved by the dean or head of your affiliation.
・Wear a face mask
・Deny entry of those who feel sick
・Check body temperature at home
・Be thorough with sanitizing hands and fingers
・Avoid the “Three C's”
10. Daily Life (Updated December 14)
・Refrain from visiting restaurants in busy areas where someone attends to you, live music clubs, karaoke bars and indoor sports facilities unless they take prevention measures, such as ventilation, disinfection, measures to keep social distance between visitors, and entry restrictions following the infectious prevention guidelines set by each industry.
・Refrain from organizing or joining any gatherings (especially ones with food and drinks) where participants are highly likely to have close contact.
・Avoid face-to-face lectures you give at other universities, unless necessary prevention measures are taken following the infectious prevention guidelines set by the industry.
・Refrain from organizing or joining any gatherings (especially ones with food and drinks) unless necessary prevention measures are taken following the infectious prevention guidelines set by the industry. Also, refrain from organizing or joining any gatherings with more than 5 participants.
・Be sure to follow the request by Shimane Prefecture Governor.
Request by Shimane Prefecture Governor
11. Abolish Prejudice against Patients (Updated Septemebr 14)
Strictly refrain from unjust discrimination, bullying and abuse regarding infected patients. Be considerate of the human rights of those infected and never spread information from unknown sources or personal information on the internet and social media.
【Reference】Stop Prejudice and Distrimination Against Those Affected With COVID-19 (Shimane Prefecture Government website)
12. Other Notes (Updated August 3)
・Regularly check the Shimane University website for the latest information.
The above measures are based on information on the websites of relevant ministries and agencies, but the measures may change in the future as the Infection Disease Risk Level is raised or lowered. Please check the information you need, and be careful to calmly deal with unnecessary anxiety and confusion caused by questionable information.
・Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Home Page
・Shimane Prefecture Govetnment Home Page COVID-19 information
COVID-19 Countermeasures Headquarters Office