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First confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at Osaka University

April 2, 2020

Osaka University

A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case at Osaka University

A student (now alumni) of Osaka University was tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, on the evening of March 31, 2020.

Details of this case and Osaka University’s measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus are noted below.

1. Student who tested positive for COVID-19

The student is a female in her 20s who graduated from Osaka University in March. She planned to start working from April.

*The student is listed as the 11th case in this announcement from Nishinomiya city.

2. Details of the affected student's activity

Tuesday, March 3 ~ Wednesday, March 18 - Solo trip to Spain and France

After returning to Japan, she volunteered to stay a hotel without returning to her home until March 31.

Thursday, March 19 - Developed a fever of 37.2

Friday, March 20 - Lost sense of taste and smell

Monday, March 23 - Visited medical facility

Wednesday, March 25 -  Attended a degree conferment ceremony on the Minoh Campus and a dinner party (attendance to this dinner party was voluntary)

Friday, March 27 - Contacted the counseling center for returnees and those who had contact with the novel coronavirus

Sunday, March 29 - Evaluated at a medical institution (outpatient returnees and individuals who had contact with the novel coronavirus)

Tuesday, March 31 - PCR test confirmed coronavirus infection

Wednesday, April 1 - Admitted to the hospital

3. In the wake of this case, OU confirmed the following:

High-risk contacts (one faculty member and 6 students, all related to the student's major) are currently at home following requests from the health center.

The student has not been outside for anything other than the degree conferment ceremony and dinner party on Wednesday, March 25, and has not visited Osaka University's Toyonaka or Suita campuses.

Although the health center confirmed that no one had close contact with the student on the Minoh Campus, on April 1, the university disinfected the places on the campus she had visited as a preventative measure.

4. Initiatives at Osaka University

Osaka University has informed faculty, staff, and students via its official website, bulletin boards, and other media about measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus based on policies from the central government and Osaka Prefecture, as well as the opinions of experts.

It is unfortunate, however, that not everyone had received this information, particularly the notice from the university on Tuesday, February 25, calling for the cancellation of event-related social gatherings.

Osaka University understands that many of you may have concerns regarding this situation, but the university will continue to work together with health centers to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Reference: Latest information about the novel coronavirus from Osaka University

5. Contact information for inquiries

Minoh Office, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University

TEL 072-730-5013

*We ask for your understanding and consideration regarding the rights and privacy of the affected individual.

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