Be'er Sheva: Thousands sent home from school after exposure to COVID-19 patient

Four schools in southern Israel close temporarily after students or staff receive coronavirus diagnosis.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Empty classroom (illustrative)
Empty classroom (illustrative)

A coronavirus case was confirmed at Be'er Sheva's Makif Vav high school on Tuesday morning, leading the staff to order that hundreds of students be sent home for a preventive quarantine until the Health Ministry concludes its investigation and the circumstances of infection become clear, Israel Hayom reported.

Forty-eight of the 2,000 students and four of the 200 teachers were directly exposed to the coronavirus patient, and the Maccabi health fund is testing them for the virus. Results are expected on Wednesday.

A second high school in Be'er Sheva also closed Tuesday morning, due to concerns that one of the students might have coronavirus. As a result, approximately 4,000 Be'er Sheva high school students are now in quarantine.

Two Be'er Sheva preschools were also closed on Tuesday, after family members of children in the preschool were diagnosed with coronavirus, Channel 12 reported.

At the same time, students at the Neve Bamidbar school were quarantined after a teacher was diagnosed with coronavirus.

In addition, a coronavirus patient was diagnosed at Sderot's Gottwirth high school. The student has been quarantined since Friday, due to a family member's diagnosis, and did not attend school for a week. Another four students at the school suffered symptoms similar to those of coronavirus. As a result, all of the students and staff at the school were ordered to quarantine themselves until June 10.

A Holon high school and two elementary schools in Jerusalem were also closed due to concern of coronavirus infection, and their students were told to remain in their homes.

On Monday, Israel's Health Ministry ordered that all schools with more than three cases of coronavirus close.