MEETING THE CHALLENGE

OF COVID-19

1,005 COVID-19 patients treated

97,800 COVID-19 tests administered

  • Assuta Ashdod begins preparing for COVID-19 pandemic – staff training, restocking medical supplies including personal protective equipment (PPE)

January

  • Respiratory Triage Unit opens on main entrance floor to receive and evaluate patients with respiratory difficulty 

  • Quarantine Unit is established as a staging area for all suspected coronavirus patients

  • Additional dedicated corona patient unit opens 

March

  • Emerging Disease Detection Center is created to develop surveillance technologies, assessing disease proliferation, preventive and control measures

  • Seroprevalence techniques are developed to study exposure and disease development

  • Number of COVID-19 patients drops countrywide

May

  • Coronavirus Department reopens as 2nd wave hits

July

  • Increase in number of corona patient beds during national lockdown

September

  • Coronavirus Department closes as infection rate drops below 1%

November

  • Assuta Ashdod opens the Coronavirus Patient Care and ICU Department serving as an essential national resource for the State of Israel

  • Hospital staff works on emergency format, dividing shifts to prevent collective downtime in event of infection

February

  • Assuta Ashdod expands care capacity as the pandemic spikes 

  • Innovation Department develops creative solutions for a noninvasive respirator and digital technologies for those in quarantine 

  • ECMO is purchased

April

  • Coronavirus Department is closed

June

  • The virus spikes throughout Ashdod; all expectant mothers are screened for COVID-19 in maternity emergency room

August

  • Lab increases to 10,000 tests daily

  • Disease Detection Center works on identifying and mapping key pathogens

October

  • Assuta Ashdod is chosen by Ministry of Defense to participate in Phase II clinical trials for
    blue-and-white COVID-19 vaccine

  • Increase in number of critical care patients during national lockdown

December

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