Beebe Healthcare now has the ability to run a limited number of laboratory tests to confirm coronavirus cases through its on-campus laboratory.
This means in certain limited instances, Beebe can test a patient for coronavirus, get a result in one to two hours, and inform the patient in a few hours instead of a few days. However, the supply of materials needed to run the tests is limited, and Beebe will continue to utilize State of Delaware and commercial labs.
“Although the test kits are in short supply, I am happy to report we are able to obtain novel coronavirus confirmation test results in a few hours rather than multiple days in some cases. We will continue to send specimens to other labs as our allotted supply cannot meet the demand, but it is progress,” said Dr. David Tam, Beebe Healthcare president and CEO. “I want to thank all the team members who worked tirelessly to obtain these necessary materials. I also want to thank our state leaders and community who have donated more than $400,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was crucial in being able to obtain these materials.”
Beebe is not changing its process for collecting specimens at its mobile testing locations throughout Sussex County. Community members should continue talk to a primary care provider or utilize the COVID-19 Screening Line, 302-645-3200, to be screened, assessed, and scheduled for testing. Beebe Medical Group is also offering telemedicine visits with providers so patients can stay safe in their home during this time of physical distancing.
Do not come to the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus to receive a coronavirus test, and only use the emergency department with a true emergency.
Beebe has also expanded its COVID-19 Screening Line. While its primary purpose is for patients to receive screening and assessment by a Beebe clinician for COVID-19 testing, the screening line team is prepared to address questions surrounding COVID-19 symptoms, education, and care. The Screening Line is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“It is important to stress that our community needs to continue follow the quarantine guidance from the Division of Public Health and Gov. John Carney. This surge has not come to Delaware yet, but we are still expecting a surge and are prepared. Leaving your home should only be for essential reasons. Be sure to make your appointments with your primary care provider and manage chronic illnesses if you have any. Staying healthy and in your home is the best defense against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Tam said.
For more information about Beebe Healthcare, go to www.beebehealthcare.org.