Last Week MDA Teams Sampled 128,824 People
Since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak MDA teams sampled more than 2, 100,000 people. Magen David Adom announced last week, that since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak (February 24), MDA teams have sampled 2,111,284 people. The samples were performed, during the past 8 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 (16-22.10) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Home Front Command and the HMOs, MDA EMTs and paramedics have sampled 128,824. 8,297 samples were taken in people’s homes and 59,588 at MDA’s and Home Front Command’s Drive and Test facilities.
717,137 samples were taken at MDA’s Drive and Test facilities operating in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Home Front Command and HMOs. Of those:
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. In addition, as needed, MDA teams will sample those who are homebound.
To date, MDA sampled 4,210 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 12,922 calls a day this week, an increase of about 210% compared to a routine day.
Along with taking more 2,100,000 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 9,423 plasma units. 2,980 units have been given to 1,490 Coronavirus patients in moderate and severe condition (2 units each).
MDA is continuing its activity of samplingin cooperation with the Ministry of Health, the Home Front Command and the four HMOs and carrying out verified patients’ transfers to hospitalization, all in addition to the organization’s routine and emergency activities.