Beebe, citing surge in illnesses, suspends Lewes emergency department visitation

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Covid-19 and other illnesses cited

Visitation was suspended Friday night at Beebe Healthcare’s Emergency Department at the Margaret H. Rollins Campus in Lewes.

“This is for safety and infection prevention purposes, due to the sharp rise in Emergency Department volume from Covid-19 and other illnesses,” the health care system stated.“We thank the community for their patience as we continue providing safe care to Sussex County.”

Tidal Health, which operates hospitals in Seaford and Salisbury this reported a record number of admissions related to Covid-19.

Bayhealth, which operates a Sussex Campus in Milford, has kept visitation bans in place.

Delaware has an with officials bracing for more infections due to gatherings over the holidays.

Sussex County was the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in the spring, with cases centered around the poultry processing community.

Another outbreak, tied to senior week at the beach, spread to the hospitality industry in late spring.

Since that time, the virus has become widespread throughout the state with no area having a low infection rate.

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