Hundreds turn out for COVID-19 testing in Dewey

State health officials reach out after positive cases increase in resort area
June 29, 2020

Hundreds of people turned out June 29 for COVID-19 saliva testing at The Starboard in Dewey Beach, one of several beach establishments closed temporarily to allow time for testing. Coordinated by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Delaware Army National Guard and Air National Guard, the testing was in response to a recent increase in positive cases in the beach area. Testing for restaurant workers also took place at Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth Beach.

A testing event for restaurant workers originally slated for Tuesday, June 30, at Touch of Italy parking lot, 19724 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth, has been canceled. Beebe Healthcare, in partnership with the Delaware Restaurant Association, is hosting a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, at Rehoboth Elementary School. The event is primarily for those who work in restaurants, but the public is also welcome. To register go to

A general community testing event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, July 2, at Epworth United Methodist Church parking lot, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth. Additional community testing sites in the beach area are likely to be scheduled in the next week or so, officials said. Registration is open at

See a story and more photos in the Friday, July 3 edition of the Cape Gazette.


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