Spectrum Health Lakeland changes criteria for COVID-19 testing

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. – Spectrum Health Lakeland has changed its policy regarding who will have the most access to testing for COVID-19. These changes have been made due to increased demand for tests as well as a nationwide shortage of supplies.

These changes are being made to ensure the people in greatest need of a test can get one quickly and easily.

Testing at a Lakeland facility is now reserved for patients that show one major symptom or two minor symptoms.

Major symptoms include fevor, cough, and shortness of breath whereas minor symptoms are loss of taste/smell, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Patients must complete a screening and have a doctor’s order in order to get a test.

Tests can only be done by appointment now, as walk-ins and drive-ins are not able to be accommodated.

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