Beebe updates visitor policy, requires facemarks at all sites

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Beebe Healthcare locations throughout Sussex County continue to have visitor restrictions with face coverings required at all of its sites.

State law already requires face coverings inside commercial buildings and in situations where social distancing is not possible.

“Beebe has thoughtfully made these choices. Evidence-based guidance from the CDC and Delaware Division of Public Health show that wearing a face covering and physical distancing can help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the health care system stated.

While most visitor restrictions remain in effect, patients who arrive at Beebe’s emergency departments at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus and at the South Coastal Health Campus may now have one visitor who is well. This does not apply if the patient is Covid-19 positive or an individual coming in for COVID-19 testing.

The visitor may not leave the emergency department or swap places with another visitor. Additionally, if the patient is admitted, the visitor may not join the patient in the inpatient area unless it is a pediatric patient.

  • Pediatric patients – (second visitor allowed in the OR waiting room as well)
  • Patients on comfort care
  • Specialty physician outpatient visits
  • Labor and delivery
  • Patients undergoing a procedure or surgical procedure including urgent or emergent surgery.

“We understand the comfort of having a loved one or friend with you during a lab or imaging appointment, or accompanying you to the hospital or physician visit, but for the safety of all, it is vital that we follow these guidelines until it is safe for Beebe Healthcare to ease restrictions. All should be wearing a face-covering to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 to one another. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time,” stated Beebe CEO David Tam.

ChristianaCare announced no changes in its visitor policies, a spokesman stated. ChristianaCare is the state’s largest healthcare system.

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