Spectrum Health changes COVID-19 testing criteria

Patients must be screened, make an appointment for testing

REED CITY – 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 Nov. 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.