Bayhealth coronavirus testing continues today in Milford

MILFORD – Bayhealth, in partnership with the Governor’s office, the Division of Public Health and other healthcare agencies, performed more than 2,200 tests over the first three days of its expanded coronavirus community testing in Milford. The testing in Sussex County is part of a statewide initiative to expand access to testing in designated hotspots to reduce the community spread of COVID-19.

Bayhealth is scheduled to continue walk-up community testing at the DHSS State Service Center in Milford, located at 253 NE Front Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Saturday and Monday. No appointment is necessary and coronavirus testing is available for all ages. Nemours Pediatrics will be on site to provide pediatric patient testing.

This expanded community testing is geared to the following high-risk populations: those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, those living or working with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, family members or housemates of those working in the poultry industry, and those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, or compromised immune systems.

During its last round of testing in Milford, healthcare professionals administered both rapid antibody and nasal swab tests to patients on a walk-in basis. The state provided educational materials and social services for patients after they were tested. Additionally, patients who tested positive will receive follow-up care from Bayhealth’s Coronavirus Management Team.

“It was an incredible experience to be part of such a caring and efficient team. I am so proud of our Bayhealth team members for stepping up to help the communities we serve,”  said Brad Kirkes, Bayhealth’s vice president of ancillary and clinical services. “We see this as a great opportunity to go where the need for expanded testing and care resides. Physicians, nurses, OR techs, medical assistants, phlebotomists, and registrars from all over the organization are pitching in to help in the coming days.”

Patients experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath may also call 302-310-8477 or email to inquire about testing. The phone line is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Delawareans with questions about COVID-19, related to medical or social service needs, should call 2-1-1; or 7-1-1 for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. You may also email with questions.

Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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