Three Rehoboth Beach lifeguards have tested positive for Covid-19.
“We believe at this time there was very little contact with the public,” said Rehoboth Police Chief Keith Banks. He noted that the lifeguards spend most of their time in the lifeguard stands. “We immediately executed our Covid response protocol and contacted the local health department. All lifeguards were notified of the exposure and will be tested within the next 24 hours,” Banks said.
Banks said the lifeguards who have tested positive are asymptomatic and are staying home until medically cleared to return to work. Even though three lifeguards are out, Banks said staffing levels are high enough that it will not negatively impact the lifeguard operations on the beach.
The news of the results came as Coastal Sussex County is seeing a Covid-19 outbreak. The first recent cases were tied to senior week activities at the beach.
Restaurant workers are now being tested, with persons working or spending time in beach areas advised to get appointments. One Rehoboth Beach restaurant confirmed that two of its staff tested positive.