After one asymptomatic patient was found positive, all residents were screened. In total nine people have the virus – all patients in the same ward.
Minister Rafi Peretz was diagnosed with coronavirus over the weekend. As such, three ministers are in isolation: Ze’ev Elkin, Orly Levy and Ya’akov Avitan. In total, five ministers are in isolation, some for coming in contact with other sick people.Regarding the nursing home: “Understanding that the adults are so fragile, we give priority to leaving the residents who feel well in their nursing home instead of sending them to dedicated coronavirus wards at geriatric medical centers around the country,” explained Prof. Nimrod Maimon head of the Health Ministry’s Magen Avot v’Imahot program. “Leaving the asymptomatic elderly residents in their nursing home is done with the understanding that many seniors prefer to stay in the place they are familiar with, and with caregivers close to and familiar to them.
“From the events of the first wave, we learned that the very transfer of an elderly person from a place known to him to another place causes significant damage to his mental and cognitive state,” he continued. “We also know that the staff who know him in the nursing home are aware of his habits and therefore know how to provide him with all his needs.”