COVID-19 Resource Center
Third Dose Information (8/16/21): The CDC has recommended specific immunocompromised individuals to receive a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to be provided at least 28 days after their second dose. These recommendations are separate from the "booster dose" for the general population, which final recommendations are still being drafted. Please visit our vaccine information page below for more information.
We remain committed to serving the healthcare needs of Sussex County, and look forward to continuing our vigilance in the face of this pandemic. Please continue to check this page for updates or call 302-645-3200 for COVID-19 related questions.
BEEBE HEALTHCARE PAUSING ELECTIVE SURGICAL PROCEDURES STARTING SEPT. 14
Effective Tuesday, Sept. 14, Beebe Healthcare is pausing elective surgical procedures requiring an overnight stay in the hospital, out of an abundance of caution, due to an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Beebe leadership is making this decision to continue providing safe, high-quality care to the influx of patients requiring hospitalization due to COVID-19 and unrelated serious medical issues.
The number of community members hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 infection has continued to rise. Greater than 95% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
Beebe will continually monitor this fluid surge and will resume elective surgeries requiring a hospital stay as the situation requires. Beebe is working closely with surgeons to ensure that patient care is prioritized as best as possible. Patients whose elective surgeries are paused will be contacted by their surgeon’s office.
Beebe strongly urges everyone to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and readily available throughout the state. The vaccines are effective in preventing serious illness and death and getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others. The Delta Variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. Some data suggests that the Delta Variant may cause a more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated people, according to the CDC.
“At this time, as we build the level of vaccination nationwide, we must also use all the prevention strategies available, including masking indoors in public places, to stop transmission and stop the pandemic,” said David A. Tam, MD, MBA, FACHE, President & CEO, Beebe Healthcare. “Everyone who is able, including fully vaccinated people, should wear masks in public indoor places.”
Masks Continue to Be Required at Beebe
The Governor is slated to lift the COVID-19 State of Emergency on July 13. With this announcement, there have been questions about mask wearing at our healthcare facilities. We remain in a pandemic and people still require hospitalization from the COVID-19 virus. Beebe must continue to follow the requirements set forth by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), while also taking into consideration the recommendations provided by the CDC. At this time, Beebe team members will continue to follow PPE guidelines and visitors will still be required to wear masks in our healthcare facilities.
We are excited that data has confirmed vaccine effectiveness in community settings in recent months. However, many people are not vaccinated. In addition, it is often not known whether patients have been vaccinated when they first arrive in need of care, or arrive for lab tests, x-rays, a doctor visit, or other tests.
Lastly, immunocompromised people may remain vulnerable to COVID-19 even after vaccination.
Beebe believes in order to protect those who are oftentimes more vulnerable to disease or illness who seek care, that masks continue to be worn to help prevent COVID-19 transmission.
As the situation changes, we will continue to provide updates and modifications.
Visitor Guidelines (August 30, 2021)
Starting Monday, August 30, Beebe Healthcare is updating its visitor restrictions to allow inpatients to have one well visitor between 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus. That visitor may not rotate during the day. Pediatric patients may have both parents.
This includes patients at the Lewes and South Coastal Emergency Departments and Beebe Medical Group offices.
Patients being discharged at times other than our new visiting hours are allowed one well visitor 30 minutes prior to discharge to help with patient care instructions.
No visitors will be allowed for COVID-19 patients and patients under suspicion for COVID-19 except for special circumstances. Additional considerations are made for labor & delivery, surgery patients, pediatrics, and end of life patients.
At the Lewes Campus, visitors should utilize the main entrance near the parking garage, which is still accessible during renovations. Additionally, valet is available and highly recommended at that entrance from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Visitors are asked to remain with the patient to limit movement throughout the hospital. Visitors may also be asked to leave if the care team deems necessary for any clinical reasons. Clergy and Pastoral Visitors do not count toward the patient’s visitor quota.
Face coverings remain required at all Beebe care sites and must meet certain requirements based recent research, medical studies, and the latest guidance from the CDC.
Here are some other things to expect when coming to a Beebe care location:
- Everyone must wear a mask or face covering
- You can expect to be asked COVID-19 screening questions, such as whether you have been sick or been around others who might be sick
- You can expect to have your temperature taken
- You can expect to see Plexiglas dividers at some stations and visual cues on the floor to encourage physical distancing
- You may be asked to call when you arrive, or complete registration in your car
- Continued limitations of the number of visitors are still in place.
While it is not required to have an appointment for Lab or Imaging, it is highly suggested. Call 302-645-3278 and Beebe's Scheduling team will assist you to schedule your appointment at a convenient location. Do not call this number to schedule COVID-19 testing or vaccination. To schedule your COVID vaccine, click here.
Beebe Scheduling has expanded its hours to better serve our community:
- Mon. – Wed., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Thurs. and Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Safety protocols will be explained to you during the registration process.
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Staying Safe: Face Coverings & Physical Distancing
Ways to Take Precautions
- Social distancing: Stay six feet away from others around you.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wear a 2-layer face covering in crowded, indoor spaces, and when coming to a Beebe care site.
- Clean your hands often: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something. If you do touch a public surface, wash your hands directly afterward.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).