Another site added for beach restaurant industry Covid-19 testing

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Another testing site for Sussex County hospitality industry staffers has been announced,

Beebe Healthcare, in partnership with the Delaware Restaurant Association, will host a free car-based COVID-19 testing event on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rehoboth Elementary School. The event is primarily for those who work in restaurants, but the public is also welcome. Pre-registration is required for this event.

Click here to pre-register: https://www.beebehealthcare.org/patients-visitors/screening-testing-treatment-beebe

“We initially reached out to Beebe to set up some testing sites for employees of restaurants in our community,” said Carrie Leishman, CEO of Delaware Restaurant Association. “But we decided to also open it to the public because we also care about our patrons. We are committed to maintaining a healthy restaurant workforce and contributing to a healthy community.”

The restaurant industry testing event planned for Tuesday at Touch of Italy in Rehoboth was canceled in order to provide a larger space because of the demand for testing.

“We understand the fear and anxiety that people have,” said David A. Tam, MD, CEO of Beebe Healthcare. “That’s why we continue our focus on helping as many people and organizations as we can when it comes to raising awareness, and opening access to screening, testing and care for COVID-19. As Sussex County’s healthcare system for over 100 years, we are committed to taking care of our community.”

Over the weekend, three other restaurants were announced as sites for Covid-19 testing on Monday and Tuesday.

The Starboard in Dewey Beach, as well as the Big Fish and Taste of Italy were announced as testing sites.

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Graphic from Delaware Restaurant Association.

The testing is in response to concerns about community spread of the virus

Earlier the Delaware Division of Health disclosed that several people had tested positive after being a part of senior week activities in Coastal Sussex County. The individuals attended get-togethers and stay in a home at the beach. Both settings carry the risk of disease spread.

The health division advised parents of the attendees to seek COVID-19 testing.

Gov. John Carney last week held off on announcing the beginning of Phase 3 of business reopenings, due to concerns about the lack of facemasks and social distancing. He also cited the need for stepped-up testing to determine the extent of infections in the beach area.

Over the weekend, a number of restaurants and bars closed or moved to carry-out only operations, due to concerns about Covid-19.

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