Mercy Health offers two drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers (update)

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Mercy Health can test hundreds of patients per day while they stay in their vehicles. Courtesy Mercy Health

UPDATE (8:53 a.m. April 16, 2020): As Mercy Health Saint Mary’s expands COVID-19 testing to the West Michigan community, residents earlier in their illness and with fewer symptoms can now call ahead to be screened for testing. The results will be available within 24 hours. Testing is available for individuals ages 13 years and older.

Community members do not have to be patients of the health system to be considered for testing. If they are showing possible COVID-19 symptoms, they can call 616-685-COVD (2683) to talk with a nurse in the Mercy Health triage center. If the caller meets testing criteria, they will be directed to our local testing site or one of our Mercy Health Physician Partners clinics. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mercy Health now offers two drive-thru testing centers in Grand Rapids and Muskegon for patients with a provider order to be tested for COVID-19.

As COVID-19 numbers spike in West Michigan, Mercy Health can test hundreds of patients per day while they stay in their vehicles.

Designed for patients who are not ill enough to warrant a hospital stay, the drive-thru testing centers provide a safer way to perform the necessary swab to diagnose COVID-19 for patients with a provider order to receive a COVID-19 test.

“The drive-thru testing center has the capacity to expand significantly at both the current site and to additional sites in the greater Grand Rapids area as the need for increased access to testing grows,” said Andrew Jameson, division chief, infectious diseases and regional medical director, infection control for Mercy Health Physician Partners.

Patients who suspect they have COVID-19 can take a virtual screening online at mercyhealth.com, where they will be screened and can be referred to a virtual visit or see a primary care provider, who will order the COVID-19 test if necessary.

COVID-19 test results will be available within 24 hours. Before the patient leaves the testing center, the nurses give the patients information on how to quarantine within their own homes.

The Mercy Health Saint Mary’s drive-thru testing center is located in the Wege Parking Ramp, 300 Lafayette Ave. SE, Grand Rapids. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday.

The Mercy Health Muskegon drive-thru testing center is located at Mercy Campus, 1500 E. Sherman Blvd., Muskegon. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday.

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