Health Care Guidelines

If...

  • You or anyone in your household has traveled outside of Okinawa

Then...

  • Anyone who travels outside of Okinawa on OIST business will be required to undertake PCR testing before they return to work on campus. Colleagues should follow the steps outlined in the current OIST guidelines on PCR testing, and the relevant webpage and form (English and Japanese).
    • As an OIST employee, if you prefer not to take the PCR Test, you must home quarantine for 14 days while taking unpaid leave.
  • If you have traveled for leisure reasons and have stayed in an area of Japan which has reported a local increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19, or where the public authorities have announced a rise in community transmission of SARS-CoV-2, we strongly encourage you to undergo PCR testing at OIST when you return. There will be no fee for this.
  • In addition, if any member of your shared household returns from travel, OIST colleagues can take the PCR Test on day 4, 6 and 10 after their household member returns, coming on campus from day 1. If any household member develops symptoms related to COVID-19, the OIST member of staff should contact the Health Center.
  • Important: Do not come to work if you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Stay at home, using sick leave. Contact the OIST Health Center by telephone or email. They will advise you what to do next.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Body temperature above 37.5°C
    (In general, a body temperature of over 37.5°C is considered a fever. However, there are individual differences in symptoms, so please judge depending on your normal body temperature.)
  • Cough
  • Severe fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Joint pain
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal discharge
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell

PCR Testing

Colleagues should follow the steps outlined in the current OIST guidelines on PCR testing, and the relevant webpage and form (English and Japanese).

Home Quarantine Reporting Requirements

To start your 14-day home quarantine

  • Contact your manager by email to request to inform them of your intention to take unpaid leave.
  • CC the OIST Health Center (health@oist.jp).

During your 14-day home quarantine

Food Delivery Options During Quarantine

Returning to the Workplace After Home Quarantine

You may return to the workplace if 

  • You are experiencing no symptoms and have completed the 14-day home quarantine.
  • You inform your manager of your intention to return to the workplace.
  • You submit your completed symptom tracking form to your manager.

If you experienced symptoms during your 14-day home quarantine period

  • Email your completed symptom tracking form to the OIST Health Center (health@oist.jp) to receive permission via email to return to OIST.
  • If your quarantine period included a trip to your general practitioner or the hospital, you must obtain this medical certification to return to work from this physician.

If you experienced no symptoms during your 14-day period

  • Medical permission to return to the workplace is not required.

Do You Need Medical Help or Guidance? 

Are you experiencing a medical emergency? (e.g. not able to stand up, labored breathing, extreme lethargy, or decreased consciousness)

Call an ambulance by dialing 119
(Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean language support are provided) 

Do you have a fever?

Call one of these local hotlines for guidance

Japanese Language
Chubu Public Health Center 098-938-9701
Prefectural Health Division 098-866-2215
English, Chinese, and Korean
Medical Interpretation for Chubu Public Health Center 03-6636-4816
OIST Bosai Center
098-966-8989

Do you need non-emergency treatment for your symptoms?

Call or visit your general practitioner

Are you feeling anxious and in need of guidance?

Call one of these local hotlines for guidance

Japanese Language
Chubu Public Health Center 098-938-9701
Prefectural Health Division 098-866-2215
English, Chinese, and Korean
Medical Interpretation for Chubu Public Health Center 03-6636-4816
OIST Bosai Center
098-966-8989

 

Still Have Questions?

Please contact the OIST Health Center at any time by emailing health@oist.jp. You may also call 098-966-8945 during business hours.