COVID-19

Spectrum Health Changes COVID-19 Testing Criteria

Patients must be screened and make an appointment for testing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 13, 2020 – Due to increasing demand for COVID-19 testing and a nationwide shortage of supplies, Spectrum Health announces eligibility changes for those seeking a test. The modifications ensure that those who are most in need can quickly and easily get tested.

The following changes went into effect on November 13:

  • A scheduled appointment is required to get a COVID-19 test. Spectrum Health will not be able to accommodate walk-ins or drive-ins at any of its COVID-19 testing sites without an appointment for that day and location. Click here to learn more about how to be screened and schedule a test.
  • If seeking only a test, do not go to the Emergency Department, Urgent Care or Walk-in-Clinics to be tested. Only go to these locations when seeking urgent or emergent care.
  • Spectrum Health will be regularly assessing the testing criteria for our patients to ensure that it reserves enough tests for symptomatic patients. As the demand for COVID-19 tests decreases, it will be able to widen the opportunities for people to get a COVID-19 test.
  • Other resources. Spectrum Health understands that those who are asymptomatic may still want to be tested. Please go to the State of Michigan website for a list of test sites.

It is recommended those with an exposure to COVID-19 follow public health guidelines and quarantine for 14 days.

The community is urged to continue practicing social distancing, to wear a mask in public and to wash hands frequently. Spectrum Health thanks the public for its support and cooperation as it responds to the increase of COVID-19 in our communities.

For more information, visit Spectrum Health’s COVID-19 resource center here.

 

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Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Contact:
Beth Cranson
Media Relations
Office: 616.391.2603
Mobile: 616.540.0813
Email: elizabeth.cranson@spectrumhealth.org

Tim Hawkins
Media Relations
Office: 616.486.6091
Mobile: 616.443.0361
Email: timothy.hawkins@spectrumhealth.org