GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spectrum Health is offering free screening for those who have symptoms and are concerned they may have contracted the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The purpose is to provide a community health service and respond to people's concerns, but prevent the spread of illness by allowing them to stay home.  Dr. Darryl Elmouchi is Chief Medical Officer at Spectrum Health System and President of Spectrum Health Medical Group.  He explained how the free virtual screenings will work.

According to Dr. Elmouchi, “The first step is to call to schedule a free virtual screening visit through our Spectrum Health Now service. The virtual screening visit will let people know if they need further evaluation.”  

Callers to the hotline will be scheduled for a virtual video visit and assisted with downloading the Spectrum Health Now app. During the virtual video visit, individuals will be asked a series of questions about their condition by a Spectrum Health provider who will advise whether they need to seek additional care. The patient may select the caregiver of their choice if they need further evaluation. It is not necessary to be a Spectrum Health patient to use the service and receive the free screening. Spectrum Health is offering this service to individuals in the state of Michigan. 

The health system is advising people in Michigan to take the following steps from home:

  • READY: If you are in the state of Michigan and experiencing symptoms, call the Spectrum Health COVID-19 hotline (616) 391-2380. If you are experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms, please call 911 or seek emergency medical assistance immediately.
  • CONNECT: Callers will be scheduled for a virtual screening.
  • GO: Spectrum Health providers will determine if you need further evaluation.

For more information about COVID-19, including information on symptoms and prevention, visit www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19.

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