The incident began last Tuesday when one of the patients was identified as symptomatic. Following this, a complete sampling of all those staying and working in the institution was carried out by the director of Magen Avot VeIhmot in the Ministry of Health, which is the national program for providing protection for the residents of senior institutions.
The sample identified the source of the infection – a therapist who was found to be positive for the virus and eight other asymptomatic positive patients from the same ward were identified.
According to first-wave incident investigations and after receiving recommendations from the professional ranks, the Magen Avot VeAmotim headquarters began a new policy, according to which priority is given to leaving residents who feel good in their nursing home, instead of sending them to dedicated corona wards in geriatric medical centers around the country.
“Leaving the asymptomatic elderly residents in their nursing home is done with the understanding that many elderly people prefer to stay in the place they know with caregivers close to them and familiar to them,” the Ministry of Health explains. “We also know that the staff who know him in the nursing home are aware of his habits and therefore know how to provide for all his needs.”
The Ministry of Health clarifies that “the decision to keep patients in their nursing home is made after a close inspection by the institution itself to make sure that the corona carriers can be isolated from the other residents.”
In addition, a check is made that the staff is well equipped and protected and that all operations are carried out in accordance with the guidelines of the National Infection Prevention Unit and the Heads of Paternity and Maternity Protection.
Prof. Nimrod Maimon, director of Magen Avot VeAmotos, instructed to keep the residents in place, perform repeat samples every four days and closely monitor the condition of patients and staff to locate the development of possible morbidity or contagion events.