BeeBe Now Able to Test for Virus
From: WBOC TV
LEWES, Del.- Beebe Healthcare now has the capability to run COVID-19 laboratory tests on campus.
Beebe says the materials needed to run the test are limited, so it will still use commercial and state labs. But when the new capability is used, Beebe says it can test a patient, get results in 1-2 hours and then give the patient the information directly, rather than waiting days for results.
“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 specimen to other labs as our allotted supply cannot meet the demand, but it is progress,” says Dr. David Tam, president & CEO of Beebe Healthcare. “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’s collection process remains the same at its mobile testing locations, and Beebe urges patients to continue to talk to primary care providers or use the COVID-19 Screening Line (302-645-3200) to be screened, assessed, and scheduled for testing. Beebe is also offering telemedicine visits with providers.
In addition to the new lab capabilities, Beebe has expanded its Screening Line services. While the primary purpose remains screening and assessment by a Beebe clinician for COVID-19 testing, those on the line are ready to address questions about 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,” says Tam. “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 COVID-19 pandemic.”
Beebe reminds people not to come to the Lewes campus to receive a coronavirus test, and to only use the emergency department in a true emergency. Beebe’s mobile test sites can be found in Frankford and Millsboro.