Message from the President
COVID-19 is a once-in-a-century pandemic facing humanity today. With no experience to draw on when it comes to dealing with the disease, it is an extremely difficult task to predict how and to what extent the pandemic situation will unfold. I also find it extraordinary that, as the word pandemic implies “all people”, we are all sharing the experience of an unprecedented calamity with people across the globe in real time.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Hokkaido University created a taskforce to gather information and intelligence to respond with its best efforts to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. However, the turmoil we have been through so far has taught us that this as-yet-unexplored infectious disease is hard to beat. At the present time, we are trying to flexibly accommodate both needs of sustainable education and research and preventing and curving the spread of the virus.
Due to a new spike in COVID-19 cases in Hokkaido, the Hokkaido Government raised its COVID-19 alert from Stage 1 to 2 on October 28, and designated the two weeks from the date as an intensive prevention period. Their Alert Stage was once again raised from 2 to 3 on November 7 with the said period being extended to November 27. This was followed by the decision that the City of Sapporo would enter a more critical Stage 4 on November 17.
Meanwhile, the University took every opportunity to remind all University staff and students to adhere to the public health measures such as indoor ventilation, mask wearing and avoiding dining with those outside their own household, and proceeded with day-to-day activities under the restrictions provided in the Response Plan of our Hokkaido University Business Continuity Plan During Coronavirus Outbreak (BCP). But despite the efforts, new cases still keep emerging in our University community.
Given the circumstances, the University has raised its own Alert Level defined in the BCP from Level 1 to Level 2 on November 18. Please read and follow the instructions set according to the BCP’s Level 2 measures. It is much to our regret that the University operations and activities must be limited to a certain level. However, our priority today is in safeguarding the health and safety of all in the University community.
It is vital for all members of the community to work together in order to curve the spread of COVID-19. I would like to ask you for your understanding and cooperation to pull through this pandemic crisis.
Thank you for your continued efforts to support and safeguard our University community.
November 18, 2020
Head of COVID-19 Task Force
What We Must Do Now to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
(March 11 , 2021)
The March 11 meeting of the Hokkaido University COVID-19 Task Force took the decision that the University would continue staying at the Alert Level 2 (Restriction – medium level) prescribed in the Response Plan of the Hokkaido University Business Continuity Plan During Coronavirus Outbreak (BCP) until early May.
The decision in context:
– Despite the decline in the number of cases since February, new cases are still being identified in March at a steady rate within the University community and the fall seems to have ceased.
– Both the Japanese and Hokkaido governments are watching out for a resurgence in the number of new COVID-19 infections in March and April when the traffic of people peaks every year with those starting a new job, on a job transfer and graduating and starting school, and more opportunities to eat out with friends and family may lead to an increased risk of infection. Our University needs to give full consideration to those issues before easing the current Alert Level prescribed in the BCP.
– From a comprehensive perspective, the University has resolved on remaining at the Alert Level 2 until early May when the movement and travel of the people pass a peak across Japan.
– A decision about whether the University moves to another Alert Level will be made at the a COVID-19 Task Force meeting in May with due consideration of the Hokkaido Government’s restrictions and the transition of COVID-19 cases in the University community.
– The BCP drawn up in April last year has been partially revised as below following the pandemic transition phases of the last 12 months and the development of our COVID-19 measures corresponding to the situations.
Hokkaido University Business Continuity Plan During Coronavirus Outbreak (BCP)*
Hokkaido University Business Continuity Plan During Coronavirus Outbreak: Response Plan at Alert Level 2*
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We ask every member of the University community to continue efforts to prevent COVID-19 infections under the Level 2 instructions in our BCP and proceed with day-to-day work or study. Please act sensibly and considerately and take account of human rights and privacy protection for COVID-19 patients and their families to prevent biases and discrimination against them.
March 11, 2021
Hokkaido University COVID-19 Task Force
We moved to Alert Level 2 on November 18th, 2020
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