Last Week MDA Teams sampled 103,876 people*. Since the beginning of the Coronavirus Outbreak MDA Teams Sampled almost Million People.
Magen David Adom announced on Thursday the 27th of August, that since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak (February 24), MDA teams have sampled 1,053,864 people. The samples where performed over the past months at a variety of sites, nationwide, in private homes, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes as part of the “Protecting Fathers and Mothers” project, educational institutions, and in MDA Drive and Test facilities.
Last week (20-26.8) MDA EMTs and paramedics, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Home Front Command and the HMOs have sampled 103,876 people, the highest number of samples in one week . 6,055 samples were taken in people’s homes and 30,379 at MDA’s Drive and Test facilities.
According to MDA data, MDA EMTs and paramedics sampled 218,939 peoples in homes and in schools.
287,751 samples were taken at MDA’s Drive and Test facilities. At the permanent facilities in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and Beer Sheva 120,732 people have been sampled. Of those sampled, 50,708 were in Ganey Yehoshua, Tel Aviv, 49,922 in Teddy compound Jerusalem, 14,968 in Haifa and 9,488 in Beer Sheva. In addition, as needed, Magen David Adom operates additional Drive and Test complexes throughout the country.
MDA is continuing to operate the Drive and Test facilities, whilst also carrying out testing in nursing homes and long term care facilities throughout the country and also in houses of various HMOs’ the insured homes of the various HMOs’ insured patients, if necessary
To date, MDA obtained 3,180 samples from travelers who returned to Israel from abroad at a special stand in Ben Gurion airport.
In addition, MDA paramedics have taken 3,000 serological tests, and evacuated thousands of confirmed patients from their home for hospitalization. MDA’s 101 Emergency Call Centers also show a significant increase in citizen inquiries, which reached 16,237 calls a day this week, an increase of about 270% compared to a routine day
Along with taking hundreds of thousands of samples for Coronavirus, MDA blood services continue to collect plasma from those who have recovered from the Coronavirus for the treatment of severely ill patients and the production of a passive vaccine. To date, those who have recovered from Coronavirus have donated approximately 6,363 plasma units. 1,198 units have been given to 599 Coronavirus patients in moderate and severe condition (2 units each).
MDA continues its activity of sampling in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, the Home Front Command and the four HMOs. They also carry out verified patient transfers to hospitalization, all in addition to the organization’s routine and emergency activities.