Written with extracts translated from NHK
April 25 2020
In response to the outbreak of the new coronavirus at a welfare facility for people with disabilities in Chiba Prefecture, the director of affiliated facilities told the families of people with disabilities about the current status of the facility.
Last month, a collective outbreak of the new coronavirus occurred at the ‘Hokuso ikusei-en’ or ‘Hokuso Institute’, a welfare facility for persons with disabilities in Tonosho, Chiba Prefecture, and 121 people including users and staff have been confirmed to have the virus.
On April 25, a director of facilities in Funabashi City, Izumi Kazunari, talked about the current status of the ‘Hokuso ikusei-en’ to families of people with disabilities and to people who run welfare facilities all over Japan.
As the COVID-19 virus affects care home residents, Izumi was worried about whether the bread and jam made by the users of the facility would be sold in the future.
Izumi also highlighted concerns about staff working at the welfare facility saying that there is concern about heat stroke in the future regarding support staff wearing protective clothing and sweating in the facility, and raised concerns about new staff entering the facility. Izumi said, “I think a lot of people have learned that there are difficulties only staff members of facilities for people with disabilities experience.”