Update for Monday January 3rd, 2022 at 18:00

Dear Residents,

We are seeing a sharp rise in morbidity here in Efrat and throughout the country. We are now up to 80 verified patients divided amongst 73 households.
Our traffic light score is 7.1, and our color is orange. 204 residents are in isolation.
The percentage of vaccinated children in Efrat (ages 5-11) stands at 60% and is still among the highest in the country.

We expect that there will be an increase in cases in the coming days, and Efrat may become a red town.
This will have implications on the education system:
Classes in which over 70% of students are exempt from isolation (vaccinated or recovered): learning will continue as usual.
Classes in which less than 70% are exempt from isolation: up to 8th grade, the school administration will be able to choose one of the learning alternatives that will reduce contacts. 8th-12th graders will move to distance learning.

Today antigen testing was performed in the elementary schools for vaccinated and recovered students who have been exposed in order to get them out of isolation. 

Tomorrow a PCR testing center will operate at the Mateh Noar.
 14:00 - 16:00 for those in isolation
 16:00 - 22:00 for the general public

We reiterate the importance of wearing masks and avoiding crowded public places.

We will continue to update,
The Public Information Team