Delawareans Now have Access to Seven Coronavirus Testing Sites

A nose swab test is given to people who have symptoms, came into contact with someone with the virus or traveled to an affected area, like China or Italy. Photo ABC

New coronavirus testing sites will open across the state this week with locations in Wilmington and Newark as well as sites in Sussex and Kent counties. The exact date each location will open has not been announced.

Tests will be administered at no cost to the patients.

Hours may vary depending on the site, and some sites may be drive-thru options. Others may be brick and mortar billings that are freestanding away from the hospital and used for this specific purpose.

 

Doctors and call center are first steps

Individuals will need to contact their doctor who will screen them for symptoms, and if symptomatic will either arrange testing directly or will refer them to a testing site. The physicians will provide people the information they need, such as hours, before going to the testing site.

Teleconsultation with physicians is preferred unless the provider determines in-person consultation is needed. Public health officials urged patients experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath to take action. 

Individuals who do not have access to a health care provider can call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899.

Or they may call centers run by Christiana Care or Bayhealth, and medical personnel will determine if the caller meets criteria for testing. Medical personnel will provide the appropriate documentation that will give the caller access to testing at a standing health facility test site.

 

“The goal is to provide a streamlined process to ensure individuals who are symptomatic and should be tested have access to testing, and to ensure that that system is set up in a coordinated fashion,” said Delaware Division of Public Health spokesperson Jen Brestel.

Importantly, testing is not recommended for those who do not have symptoms.

The initiative, which begins the week of March 23rd, is a collaborative effort between the Division of Public Health (DPH), the Delaware Healthcare Association, and each of the health care systems in the state.  Testing will be available in each of the state’s three counties.
 
 

Standing health facility test sites will include:

  • New Castle County:
    • ChristianaCare will operate two sites: Newark (1) and Wilmington (1)
    • Saint Francis Healthcare will operate one site in Wilmington
  • Kent County:
    • Bayhealth will operate one testing site in Dover
  • Sussex County:
    • Beebe Healthcare will operate two testing sites: Millsboro (1) and Frankford (1)
    • Nanticoke will operate one testing site in Seaford

Officials also said there is no need to go to the emergency room, unless someone is having significant difficulty breathing. 

The current count of laboratory-confirmed cases in the state stands at 47, with no deaths.
 
 

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