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 42nd meeting of
The Iwate Prefecture COVID-19 Countermeasures HQ (September 30th, 2021)
In the past week, COVID-19 infections in Iwate have reached a low point, with three days of no new cases. The rate of infection is now 0.4 infections per 100,000 people per week, equaling to Stage 1.
It is truly because of the hard work of the people of Iwate that we have been able to suppress the virus to such a level. Thank you so much.
Within Iwate, the risk of infection has gotten extremely low even in cases of close contact. I ask that the people of Iwate continue to thoroughly carry out basic infection prevention measures as they participate in social and economic activities.
The prefectural government will restart our “Iwate Food Support Project”and “Iwate Travel Support Project,” so please make use of those.
Infections have decreased within Japan as a whole, and today (September 30) marks the end of the Declaration of a State of Emergency and strict containment measures (manbo) throughout the country.
In this way, infection risk has been on the decline, but there is always a chance of someone getting infected. I ask that you to continue to act carefully: do not neglect basic prevention measures, and when crossing prefectural lines, confirm the state of infection in your destination as well as any requests made by prefectural governors.
A joint message from the seven prefectures of Tohoku and Niigata in hopes of suppressing the 5th wave of COVID-19 - Prevent the collapse of the healthcare system
The Delta strain of COVID-19 has led to another spread of the virus around the country at a much quicker rate than ever before. Day by day, the situation grows ever more dire throughout the country. Within the Tohoku region and Niigata prefecture, we are seeing a new peak in hospital bed usage rates and weekly infection cases. We are facing a crisis-level situation that we have never experienced before.
Should this situation continue, the healthcare system, which has been held up by the hard work of medical professionals, is in danger of collapse, in which case lives that could be saved may be lost. Within each prefecture, we have already made formal requests to residents, but we would like to once again ask for your cooperation in the following items.
Through the awareness and action of every resident, Tohoku and Niigata will work together to bring an end to the fifth wave of COVID-19.
1. Do not cross prefectural borders
The highly infectious Delta variant continues to spread throughout the country. While there is a State of Emergency and/or strict containment measures (manbo) in place, we strongly advise that you do not move across prefectural borders for unnecessary reasons. Should you need to cross the border for some reason, work diligently to prevent the spread of the virus at your destination, and take a PCR test before you go.
2. Take the vaccine, and thoroughly enact basic prevention measures
It is clear that the vaccine prevents severe symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. Please take it as soon as you can.
However, there is still a risk of infection even after receiving the vaccine, so we ask that you continue to thoroughly enact basic preventative measures such as wearing a non-woven mask, wash hands frequently, disinfect, conduct coughing etiquette, and avoid the three C’s (closed space, crowded places, and close contact).
We also ask that you avoid gatherings of large people for long amounts of time, like dinner parties. Even during small gatherings for quick periods, please avoid raising your voice and causing a commotion, as it could lead to infection via droplets.
August 31, 2021
Governor of Aomori Prefecture Mimura Shingo
Governor of Iwate Prefecture Tasso Takuya
Governor of Miyagi Prefecture Murai Yoshihiro
Governor of Akita Prefecture Satake Norihisa
Governor of Yamagata Prefecture Yoshimura Mieko
Governor of Fukushima Prefecture Uchibori Masao
Governor of Niigata Prefecture Hanazumi Hideyo
Mayor of Sendai City Koori Kazuko
Mayor of Niigata City Nakahara Yaichi
Movement between regions has caused a rapid, exponential growth of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The entire country is currently in a state of crisis. We’d like to ask residents of Japan to cooperate with and keep in mind the following items:
Travel between regions leads to the spread of infection
- Please choose to halt or postpone any travel over prefectural lines during state of emergency declarations and periods of manbo strict containment policies, including to those prefectures which are currently under a state of emergency, have enacted strict containment policies, or otherwise where infections are spreading.
- If you must cross prefectural borders, be thorough in preventing the spread of the disease at your destination, and be sure to get a PCR test before you go.
- The Delta variant of COVID-19 is highly infectious and has spread throughout the entire country. Be extremely vigilant and refrain from unnecessary outings.
- Please wear a non-woven face masks, avoid the three C’s (closed spaces, crowded places, close contact), and otherwise thoroughly work to prevent infection, even if you have already received the vaccine.
- Avoid gatherings that involve drinking/eating, large groups of people, or long amounts of time. Even with small groups and short periods, do not talk loudly or otherwise cause a commotion as this can lead to the spread of infectious droplets.
- Basic prevention methods are truly the most important measure. Be sure to wash your hands, disinfect hands and fingers, wear a mask, practice coughing etiquette, and ventilate your spaces.
- If you have a fever, cough, or otherwise feel unwell, quickly call a medical facility to get evaluated.
To Business Owners
- Please do your best to comply with prefectural requests to reduce business hours and alcohol-serving hours for restaurants.
- Continue to promote staggered working times and teleworking.
- Make it easy for people who are not feeling well to take the day off.
August 20, 2021
National Governor’s Association
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
Confirmed positive cases in Iwate: 3,486
(As of Oct 25th, 2021, 3pm)
Tests for COVID-19 administered in Iwate:125,181(Results: 3,486 confirmed positive)
(As of Oct 25th, 2021)
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.