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
The state of emergency declared by the national government last month was extended to March 7, 2021 for the following prefectures: Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Gifu, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka.
In light of this, I would like to ask everyone again to please refrain from traveling to areas listed under the state of emergency for non-essential and non-urgent reasons (ex. going home or leisure travel) to prevent the further spread of the virus.
I also ask that you exercise special caution in traveling to and from areas with a large spread of infections.
For periodical updates of the coronavirus situation in Japan, please visit the official prefectural website. Also, please be sure to check the coronavirus situation of the region you intend to visit if you will need to travel between prefectures.
As for Iwate, while there was a cluster case that occurred in Miyako when we entered February, in the most recent week (as of Feb. 8), we have had 1.5 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, and our hospital bed usage is at 8% of our prepared capacity. Therefore, our healthcare system is not in danger to reach Stage III levels yet.
Once again, if you are feeling ill with symptoms like a high fever or a cough, please consult with either your primary care/family doctor or the COVID-19 Consultation Center to take the PCR test as soon as possible.
In addition, aside from being mindful of the coronavirus safety measures, it is also important to be up-to-date with your regular health checkups. You may make your condition worse if you refrain from visiting doctors for a physical checkup for cancers and other illnesses out of fear of catching the virus. Please do not hesitate to visit the doctor since preventative measures, such as adequate ventilation and disinfecting workspaces, are strictly conducted at medical institutions to ensure that patients can visit with peace of mind.
Thank you very much.
Governor of Iwate 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 in 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 getting COVID-19 or you may think you have the virus, 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: 553
(As of February 26th, 2021, 15pm)
Tests for COVID-19 administered in Iwate:24,786(Results: 553 confirmed positive)
(As of February 26th, 2021)
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.
Joint Message from Tohoku Region and Niigata Prefecture
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:019-629-5763 Facsimile:019-629-5254
You can access our question form here.