Drive-thru process comes to Spectrum Gerber
FREMONT, Mich., Sept. 15, 2020 – Patients visiting Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial for an outpatient COVID-19 swab test will now get their specimens collected in a barn located behind the hospital. The site, just off Weaver Avenue, is open daily 9 a.m. to noon.
The change allows for better social distancing and increases the capacity to conduct more tests as schools, sports and the busy fall season begins.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is committed to making sure the people we serve and our team members remain as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, while meeting the needs of our community,” said Gerber Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Nick Strait. “By collecting specimens outside the hospital, we hope to make the process easier for our community and encourage more people to get tested in a convenient way.”
Patients must have an order from a provider to receive a test. Appointments are encouraged. There are several easy ways to access COVID-19 testing:
If you require an interpreter or special assistance, call the COVID-19 hotline at 833.559.0659. Also use this option if you are a pre-procedure or surgery patient. If you qualify for a COVID-19 test, an appointment will be made for you.
For tests for children, also visit www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19test for more information on how and when to have your child tested.
Spectrum Health emergency departments are for patients seeking emergency services only and are not able to provide testing for patients without serious COVID-19 symptoms.
People experiencing life-threatening symptoms or conditions should call 9-1-1.