The Policy and Strategy Subcommittee, chaired by MK Zvi Hauser, revealed in a visit today at Alon Headquarters – to cut off the chain of infection, that there is a serious problem of the public’s lack of cooperation with epidemiological investigations and tests to detect the corona virus.
The Policy and Strategy Subcommittee, chaired by MK Zvi Hauser, today (Sunday) visited the Alon headquarters to cut the contagion chain. Brigadier General Itzik Bar, Chief of the Home Front Command, and Brigadier General Nissan Davidi, commander of the Alon headquarters, presented to the chairman The committee, as well as MK Moshe (Boogie) Ya’alon, Avi Dichter and Gideon Saar, the tasks of the headquarters, and its capabilities today and in the near future.
The committee members were told that today there is a capacity to sample and test over 60,000 tests a day in the laboratory, with the help of 100 sample transport teams as well as 42 laboratories, one private and the rest of the hospitals and health funds. At the disposal of the headquarters today are 2200 epidemiological researchers and another 600 will be added in the coming weeks. The headquarters’ goal is for no more than 30 hours to elapse from the time a person is found to be positive for the corona virus, and by the time all the people they come in contact with have been tested themselves. Today, the committee was told, the process takes place over a period of 30-40 hours.
The members of the headquarters emphasized to the committee members that a major challenge today is the challenge of public trust, which will lead to cooperation. Today, there is a serious problem of public cooperation, and here are four figures that were presented to committee members to illustrate the situation:
1. Since the beginning of August, 30% of patients who had an epidemiological inquiry reported 0 contacts – meaning they had no contact with anyone.
2. About 48% of the contacts detected in a human epidemiological investigation, and about 90% of the contacts detected with the help of GSS capabilities, did not report that they entered isolation, in the required form.
3. The average number of contacts per person in the investigations conducted yesterday, 17.10, was only 2.8 contacts.
4. In the past week, about 41,000 contacts who were not verified patients were located, and they were sent a referral to be tested – but only about 13,600 of them (33%) went for actual testing (some indicated that they were independently tested through the HMO and the headquarters do not have access to this data).
Brigadier General Davidi told the committee chairman that he heard in the committee discussions the committee chairman’s proposal to shorten the isolation days, subject to inspections during them, and he believes that this is a very correct proposal, which will show the public a willingness to ease with him, and increase public confidence and thus Their desire to cooperate in investigations.
In the context of isolation, the headquarters told the committee that in recent months thousands of people who had been sent to isolation hotels, funded by the state, had returned, and only 4 of them were eventually found blue. The headquarters staff said it would be better to invest resources in hotels. The hotel model, is it not right to invest more in isolating people from their community as far as returning from abroad?
The committee chairman asked Brigadier General Davidi about the headquarters’ winter assessment model, to which he replied that no one had asked the headquarters to build such a model, but they had already begun to discuss the issue themselves, and as an example noted the question they were considering. The various groups the 100,000 daily tests which are supposed to be available to the headquarters during the winter months.
MK Ya’alon said in the summary of the visit that as a Knesset member who has been dealing with the virus since March, he praises what is happening at the headquarters and the way things are conducted. MK Dichter also praised the management of information and the use of many resources for fighting the virus. , But a caveat that the issue of public trust in investigations is the central issue now, and not sure where enough has been invested, compared to the other dramatic investments that have been made.
The committee’s chairman, MK Hauser, concluded by saying that he “recognizes a leap in the State of Israel’s ability to deal with the virus, and that at its headquarters a model will be created that the State of Israel can export to many other countries around the world.” The number of days on which citizens who came into contact with verified patients will be forced to stay in isolation will also increase, and in light of the headquarters’ support for shortening isolation days, in favor of improving public confidence, as well as the Israeli economy, the Home Front Command must push for shortening isolation days. “And with the tests, they are significant and very unfortunate. In this context, and as part of preparing for a significant winter challenge, the headquarters must work to perform at least 130,000 tests a day, so that every person tested at the isolation entrance will also have access to the test.” .
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