COVID-19 Screening, Testing, & Treatment At Beebe
Beebe Healthcare is proud to offer screening for COVID-19, which involves a series of questions about your current health, and testing for COVID-19, which is a nasal swab, at designation Beebe locations. In some cases, COVID-19 tests are sent out to other labs for processing; in other cases, they are processed at Beebe's Clinical Lab at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus. Beebe is partnering with the Blood Bank of Delmarva on using donated plasma from those who had COVID-19 to help treat those who are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
Beebe opened a COVID Positive Care Center in Georgetown so patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who do not need to be hospitalized can receive face-to-face care, including provider visits, lab, imaging, and more. Interpreter services are available.
Beebe Coronavirus Screening Line
If someone is in need of an assessment, but does not have a primary care provider, call Beebe's Coronavirus Screening and Assessment Line, at 302-645-3200. The caller will be screened and assessed for possible COVID-19 testing or another appropriate level of care. If the caller needs testing, the provider will place an order that can be used at one of the Referral-Based Testing sites once an appointment is scheduled. Please have your driver’s license and insurance information ready when you call. Please leave a message and your call will be returned if assistance is not immediately provided.
The line will be staffed seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Community members who have access to primary care should not call the line, and should see their provider for the order for referral-based testing.
I feel I need testing, what should I do?
- Reach out to your provider.
- If you do not have a provider, call 302-645-3200 to be screened and assessed by a Beebe provider.
- If the provider deems a test necessary, Beebe will reach out to you to schedule a visit and instructions will be provided.
- Remember to follow the advice of the State and CDC: For individuals who are sick, particularly with fever and cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance.
- Practice social distancing and good hand hygiene.
- Utilize the state's Coronavirus Call Center, 1-866-408-1899, for additional questions and guidance. Questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.
Testing for COVID-19
Beebe is providing Referral-Based Testing with a physician order. An appointment will be made by Beebe. Walk-ups will not be accepted.
The car-based testing is being made available by Beebe to the entire Sussex County community. Patients should contact their primary care provider for screening and to obtain the provider order for testing. Local providers are aware of the instructions, including that a provider order is necessary to be tested.
Beebe will then reach out to the patient to schedule an appointment. Beebe will be collecting the specimen and sending it to a commercial lab. Patients should contact their provider for results. As required by the state, all positive cases will be shared with Division of Public Health, which publicly confirms COVID-19 cases. Testing locations will be shared only with ordering providers and scheduled patients.
Concerned you might have COVID-19? Our Coronavirus Screening Line is available for those without primary care: 302-645-3200.
Beebe Lab Is Processing COVID-19 Tests
Beebe Healthcare now has the ability to run a limited number of laboratory tests to confirm coronavirus cases through our on-campus laboratory.
This means in certain, limited instances, Beebe can test a patient for coronavirus, get a result in 1-2 hours, and inform the patient in a few hours instead of a few days. However, the supply of the materials needed to run the test are limited, and Beebe will continue to utilize the State of Delaware’s 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 specimen to other labs as our allotted supply cannot meet the demand, but it is progress,” said Dr. David Tam, President & CEO, 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 is not changing their process for collecting specimens at its mobile testing locations throughout Sussex County. Please continue talk to your 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 that patients can stay safe in their home during this time of physical distancing.
Please do not come to the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus to receive a coronavirus test, and please only use the emergency department if you are having a true emergency.
Treating COVID-19 with Convalescent Plasma
In partnership with the Blood Bank of Delmarva, Beebe Healthcare is the first hospital in Delaware to offer convalescent plasma therapy as a treatment for acutely sick COVID-19 patients.
Currently, there are no drugs or other therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, the FDA recently announced guidance and recommendations for convalescent plasma treatment. It is possible that plasma taken from those who have recovered from COVID-19 (known as convalescent plasma), which has antibodies against the virus, could help, according to initial studies.
“This type of therapy has been around for many years. By providing antibodies, proteins that attack infection, from recovered patient’s plasma, this could help our severely sick patients a better chance to fight the COVID-19 disease,” said Dr. Bill Chasanov, Beebe’s COVID-19 Response Medical Director and Infectious Disease physician. “Beebe is proud to offer this type of treatment with the hopes of helping as many people affected by COVID-19 as possible. We have been following guidance throughout this pandemic from the CDC, WHO, FDA, and other health organization to bring the most advanced treatment options to our community in their time of need.”
The FDA guidelines allow only eligible blood donors who have recovered from COVID-19 (and have lab confirmed test) and have been asymptomatic for at least 14 days to donate their plasma. The Blood Bank of Delmarva is asking donors to be willing to donate up to three times.
“Beebe Healthcare is driven to be an innovative healthcare leader supporting our community here in Delaware. I am grateful for the great work being done by Dr. Bill Chasanov and the rest of the Beebe team as we battle this pandemic together,” said Dr. David Tam, President & CEO of Beebe Healthcare.
Beebe is relying on the Blood Bank of Delmarva to provide the limited plasma it has available. If you are interested to see if you are eligible for a donation, visit http://delmarvablood.org/cpdonor, or call 1-888-8BLOOD-8.
There are important requirements to meet the criteria of donating plasma:
- Lab confirmed positive test for COVID-19 (documentation of positive test is required)
- Your symptoms have been gone for at least 14 days
- You are willing to donate plasma (donate up to 3 times)