Israeli Civil Service Commissioner Contracted COVID – and Kept It a Secret

Daniel Hershkowitz is not obligated to report his illness, yet members of commission's management treated his diagnosis as a secret that must not be leaked whatsoever

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Tali Heruti-Sover.
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Civil Service Commissioner Daniel Hershkowitz, 67, has recently been diagnosed with the coronavirus, but hid his diagnosis from the public.

Members of the commission's management treated his diagnosis as a secret that must not be leaked whatsoever. Even civil servants who work closely with the commission did not know Hershkowitz had contracted the virus. 

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Inside sources claim that Hershkowitz apparently contracted the virus from a driver that complained of symptoms (the comissioner lives in Haifa and works in Jerusalem). TheMarker's first appeal to the commission raised the naive answer that the commissioner was "healthy and intact and even in office these days."

The fact that he returned to work after contracting the virus was not mentioned in his office's reply.

It was only when another question was asked that the answer came: "About two weeks ago the commissioner took a test that was positive for the coronavirus, but did not develop any symptoms. He self-isolated in his home and a week ago received a recovery permit as required. For the past week, he has been working full time in his office at the Commission in Jerusalem."

The statement continued: "The commissioner reported as required to the coronavirus commissioners in the Prime Minister's Office and in the commission and, of course, to the Health Ministry, which conducted a comprehensive epidemiological investigation."

It should be noted that Hershkowitz is not obligated to report his illness to the public, but as the person in charge of about 70,000 employees, he is expected to act transparently.

When asked why the issue was not reported to the media, no answer was given by the commission.

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