Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Iwate Prefecture
We have gathered information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as Iwate’s current status below in English. However, for the most up-to-date information, please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare’s website, linked below.
Messages from the Governor of Iwate about COVID-19
A message from Governor Tasso during the 63rd meeting of the Iwate Prefecture COVID-19 Countermeasures HQ (September 21st)
In regards to the reporting process of reporting positive cases to the prefectural government, in line with the Basic COVID Control Policy, we will be reviewing who medical facilities need to report from next Monday September 26th.
Medical facilities will continue to fill out the notification form for those who are at high risk of severe illness, such as those over the age of 65. We will also continue to arrange hospital beds and monitor the health of these people through the My-HER-SYS app and through phone calls from the public health centers.
For everyone else who do not fall under this category, or those who test positive through self-testing, we ask of you to refer to the pamphlets distributed at medical facilities or the prefectural website and register yourself as a positive case online or by phone via the Iwate Positive Case Registration Center.
The prefectural government will continue to support everyone reported and registered with organizing quarantine facilities and food supplies, and will also continue to run the Iwate Health Follow Up Center 24 hour service to support those whose condition worsen.
Please note that although we will be revising the reporting process, we will still continue to record the numbers of all positive cases by age and report daily.
We have begun to provide vaccines effective against the Omicron strain.
If you have had 2 doses, are over 12 years of age and more than 5 months have passed since your previous dose, you are eligible for the new vaccine. If you wish to be vaccinated with the new vaccine, once you have received your vaccine voucher, please go and get vaccinated.
At the September Prefectural Assembly, the prefectural government has announced a supplementary budget for the infection prevention plan, which includes the strengthening of the vaccination program. This budget also includes support for farmers who face soaring fertilizer prices and additional childcare support to combat increasing oil prices and inflation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The government will continue to protect the lives and the health of the citizens and work on supporting the social and economic activities of the prefecture.
The number of new cases in the prefecture has continued to decrease over the past month, however it still remains at a high level.
I ask of the citizens to continue to practice appropriate infection prevention measures in order to further decrease the number of new cases in the prefecture.
A Request from Iwate Prefecture
Regarding Safety Tips to Reduce Risk of Infection
COVID-19 Multilingual Guide
The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare has set up a webpage with resources and guides regarding COVID-19 in Japan. The page provides various information on how you can prevent the spread of the virus, how you can receive help regarding COVID-19 in your own native language, steps to take if you suspect being infected with COVID-19, and other useful information.
The guideline is available in several languages such as Plain Japanese, English, Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean. Other languages will be available as downloadable pamphlets. Please follow the link below for more information.
Current state of COVID-19 in Iwate
Number of tests conducted in Iwate: 459,557
(As of September 30th, 2022, 3pm)
Confirmed positive cases in Iwate: 108,483
(As of September 30th, 2022, 3pm)
Information on the COVID-19 vaccine
Current state of COVID-19 in Japan
To prevent the further spread of the virus, we kindly ask all residents to refrain from traveling to “regions that have declared a State of Emergency”, unless it is for urgent and essential reasons. In addition, please make careful consideration when traveling to regions that are or have been reporting “15 or more new cases within the most recent week (per a population of 100,000)”, one of several conditions indicating the rate of infections; or to areas that have announced to refrain traveling or going out for similar non-urgent and non-essential reasons.
English Language Hotline
Iwate Support Center for Foreign Residents
For questions or concerns about daily life, visa issues, and others, please contact the Iwate Support Center for Foreign Residents located in Aiina 5th Floor. They are also currently taking inquiries about the novel coronavirus situation in Iwate.
Operation hours: 9am to 8pm
(daily, except end-of-the year holidays and other specified days)
For Japanese, English, or Chinese: 9am to 8pm (daily)
For Spanish: 9am to 4pm (Saturdays)
Please contact us for consultations in other languages.
Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare COVID-19 Hotline
For a smooth and easier communication, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare runs a call center to answer any inquiries related to the COVID-19 situation in Japan.
Operation hours: 365 days
(Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese)
For Thai: 9am to 6pm
For Vietnamese: 10am to 7pm
For all other languages: 9am to 9pm
0120-565653 (Free dial)
Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC)
A help desk at the Foreign Residents Support Center in Shinjuku has been set up for any inquiries related to the novel coronavirus. If you would like to consult regarding loss of job, difficulties adjusting to life in Japan, new concerns or struggles due to the impact of the coronavirus, please contact the support center for a consultation. Couseling will be available in total 14 languages. Please follow the link below for more information.
Operation hours: 9am to 5pm (weekdays, Mon-Fri)
(Japanese, Vietnamese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino (Tagalog), Nepali, Indonesian, Thai, Khmer (Cambodian), Burmese, and Mongolian)
0120-76-2029 (free dial)
Japan Visitor Hotline
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) runs a multilingual call center for foreigners to use in emergency situations. You can call any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are taking questions related to the novel coronavirus – call here first if you think you have symptoms and can’t speak Japanese.
(English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Office of International Affairs, Department of Homeland Promotion
(020-8570) 10-1 Uchimaru, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, JAPAN
Phone number:019-629-5765 Facsimile:019-629-5254
You can access our question form here.