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 or oral swab, at designated 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 to use donated plasma from those who had COVID-19 to help treat those who are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
Beebe's COVID Positive Care Center is now based in Millsboro. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and do not need emergency care, your provider can refer you to the COVID Positive Care Center. Your provider has instructions on how to do this. If you do not have a provider and are concerned you might have COVID-10, call Beebe's Coronavirus Screening Line at 302-645-3200. Interpreter services are available.
Testing events are held throughout Delaware, both by the state and by Beebe Healthcare. Anyone who is concerned they might have COVID-19, should talk to their doctor and schedule testing either through Beebe Medical Group (302-645-3200) or through the state of Delaware (https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing). In addition, Beebe offers a COVID-19 Screening App, which is available for download on your App Store or Google Play. Learn more about the App here.
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Is it COVID-19?
If you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19, it is important to get tested.
There are many testing sites available throughout the state. Find one near you: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing.
If you are unsure if you should be tested or you want to schedule testing but do not have a primary care provider, Beebe's Coronavirus Screening Line can help: 302-645-3200.
Beebe's Screening App, available for download on the App Store or Google Play, can help you determine if you need testing any time of day. First download, the app, then answer a few screening questions. If you need testing, you can schedule it right through the app, or you will be directed to call the Coronavirus Screening Line to have any additional questions answered. The app also offers education and resources for the community.
Individuals with general questions about coronavirus can call 2-1-1 or text their ZIP code to 898-211 for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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 (hours are: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). 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 create a referral and/or an appointment at our testing location. 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.
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.
- Wear a mask or face covering when in public, group situations, or when coming to any Beebe location.
- 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 provides Referral-Based Testing with a physician order. An appointment will be made by Beebe. Walk-ups will not be accepted.
The 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)