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Beebe limits visitations citing rising Covid-19 rates

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Citing an uptick in Covid-19 cases, Beebe Healthcare is announcing visitation updates at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus.

The Bethany and Ocean View areas in Coastal Sussex County have among the highest percentages of new Covid-19 cases, according to state health figures. Other areas with high rates include the 19803 and 19807 zip codes in northern Delaware.

Beebe patients may have one well visitor per day between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This visitor may not change throughout the day.

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As a continuation of Beebe’s existing policy, visitors are not permitted for Covid-19 patients and patients under suspicion of the virus except for special circumstances. Additional considerations are made for labor & delivery, surgery patients, and for end of life patients.

All visitors continue to be required to wear a surgical mask during their entire visit to include when sitting with a patient in their room. The policy includes the Lewes Campus, the South Coastal Health Campus, and Tunnell Cancer Center.

“While we know that families are part of the healing process, we must also remain vigilant in order to keep our patients, visitors and team members safe,” said David A. Tam, CEO, of Beebe Healthcare. “Therefore, we have reinstated stricter visitor policies and continue to reinforce our masking requirement, meaning that masks must be worn by visitors at all times. We thank you for your continued understanding.”

Covid cases have increased in the past several weeks, although hospitalizations have remained relatively low.

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