Bayhealth performed 2,200 tests for COVID-19 over a three-day period in Milford as part of a statewide initiative to expand testing in designated hotspots in Sussex County.
Bayhealth healthcare professionals administered free, rapid antibody and nasal swab tests to patients on a walk-in basis at Delaware Department of Health and Human Services building on Front Street. After tests were completed, patients received educational materials and social services, and those who tested positive will receive follow-up care from Bayhealth’s Coronavirus Management Team, spokeswoman Pam Marecki said.
Bayhealth did not reveal how many tests were positive, but Marecki said the turnaround period is two to three days to test results.
“It was an incredible experience to be part of such a caring and efficient team. I am so proud of our Bayhealth team members for stepping up to help the communities we serve,” said Brad Kirkes, Bayhealth’s vice president of ancillary and clinical services. “We see this as a great opportunity to go where the need for expanded testing and care resides.”
Kirkes said physicians, nurses, OR techs, medical assistants, phlebotomists, and registrars are all pitching in to help.
The testing is a joint effort involving Bayhealth, the governor’s office, the state Division of Public Health and other healthcare agencies.
Additional walk-up testing in Milford will be held May 9 and May 11 at 253 NE Front St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary and testing is available for all ages. Child patients will be tested by officials from Nemours Pediatrics.
Patients experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath can call 302-310-8477 or email Coronavirus@Bayhealth.org to inquire about testing. The phone line is open 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Delawareans with questions about COVID-19, related to medical or social service needs, should call 2-1-1; or 7-1-1 for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or email DPHCall@delaware.gov.