COVID-19 Resources and Information

COVID-19: Keeping You Informed

Spectrum Health Lakeland COVID-19 Information and Resources

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

With a growing number of confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in West Michigan and the United States, feeling sick can be scary. If you have symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath, contact your primary care provider immediately. If you do not have a provider, call 833.559.0659 for advice on what to do next. Please note: screening is required before a receiving an order for a COVID-19 diagnostic test.

COVID-19 Spectrum Health Lakeland Dashboard 

For a more detailed breakdown of confirmed and presumed cases, recoveries, and a map of Berrien County cases click here. 

Updated 01.27.2021 at 10:00 AM

COVID-19 Dashboard 01.27.2021


Community Conversations

In case you've missed it, check out the latest community conversations video here: 

We are all in this together

At Spectrum Health Lakeland, we’re working to support our community through the pandemic. Our goal is to help you and your family stay healthy and get the care you need.

Covid19 Call






Here's How We're Responding

Safety Measures

Find out what we’re doing to keep our community safe during COVID-19. 

Expanding Virtual Care

You can receive an online evaluation 24/7 by a board-certified physician by phone, computer or app. 

New Visitor Policy

We've changed our visitor policy to ensure the health and safety of our patient and team members. 


Q. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 are flu-like and may include fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. Some people may also experience fatigue, body aches, a runny nose or a sore throat. Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, may develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia. 

Q: Who is at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?

People at higher risk include:

  • People 60 and older.
  • People with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung disease.
  • People who have weakened immune systems.
  • People who are pregnant.

People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible. The CDC website has a comprehensive listing of people at higher risk.

Q. What is the difference between a COVID-19 screening and a COVID-19 test?

The purpose of the COVID-19 screening is to detect risk factors for the virus. Screenings are completed by answering a series of questions. Your risk results are given to you immediately.

A screening is not COVID-19 test. A screening is required before a COVID-19 diagnostic test may occur.

If you have been screened and you have a doctor’s order, you may be eligible to be tested for COVID-19. A COVID-19 test is diagnostic laboratory test that can identify the virus that causes COVID-19. It requires a specimen collection including swabs of your throat, nose and a sample of your saliva. The specimens will be sent to an appropriate testing facility. Results can be delayed several days.

Q. Should I be tested?

Not everyone who feels sick needs to be tested.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. If you have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Please contact your doctor or call the Spectrum Health COVID-19 hotline 833.559.0659.

For patients who need testing, we offer drive-through testing by appointment only.

Note: Currently, most testing is being reserved for patients who are severely ill and are at a high risk of infecting others. We know it is frustrating to not know for sure if you have the virus. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding that we're unable to test everyone who may have COVID-19 at this time. If you have a mild case, you may be able to treat your symptoms at home. Staying home helps prevent you from exposing other people to the disease.

Q How long should someone with COVID-19 be in home isolation?

The Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services recommends continuing home isolation until:

At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing drugs) and your symptoms have improved.


At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

You may also discontinue home isolation if you had a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 test and at least 7 days have passed from the diagnosis and you've had no symptoms.

Q. What is Spectrum Health doing to keep patients safe?

The measures Spectrum Health has implemented to increase safety and limit unnecessary exposure are:

  • Extra cleaning throughout all facilities and frequent cleaning of high-touch areas while adhering to rigorous quality and safety practices and infection prevention guidelines.
  • Providing appropriate PPE for our team members.
  • Screening all team members, patients and visitors before they enter the building, and only allowing a very limited number of visitors.
  • Temperature checks for all patients and visitors upon entry.
  • Requiring everyone to use hand sanitizer and put on a mask upon entry. In hospitals and clinic settings, face masks are required in hallways, common areas and clinical spaces.
  • Social distancing floor signage to maintain CDC guidelines.
  • Patients who have COVID-19 and need to be admitted to the hospital are isolated with additional precautions.
Q Is it safe to go to an urgent care for something non-COVID 19 related?

Yes, it is safe to go to any of our Emergency Departments and Urgent Care clinics. We are strictly following the CDC guidelines and use thorough cleaning and disinfecting procedures and the proper personal protective equipment to keep patients and staff safe as we attend to all emergent and essential medical needs. To keep everyone safe, you will be asked to sanitize your hands and put on a mask when you arrive. Masks are available onsite for your use.

Q. Why do I need to wear a face covering/mask if I feel fine?

Even though you don’t have any symptoms, you may be a carrier of COVID-19 or even test positive. Masking works two ways: It can help to protect you against potential infection, and it protects others, too. It is an effective method to reduce transmission of COVID-19

Q. Cold, flu or COVID-19?

COVID-19 can present similar symptoms as the flu, but also has some key differences. Learn more at our Flu Information Center.


Continue Watching

COVID-19 update 1.14.21

Join president, Loren B. Hamel, MD, and Nicki Britten from the Berrien County Health Department for the latest COVID-19 news:

COVID-19 vaccines continue at Spectrum Health Lakeland

Drs. Loren Hamel, MD, and Lowell Hamel, MD receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Spectrum Health Lakeland.

COVID-19 Update 1.8.2020

Hear the latest COVID-19 news from President, Loren B. Hamel, MD, and Berrien County Health Department health officer, Nicki Britten.

Why I vaccinate: video diary with Dr. Das

Spectrum Health internal medicine hospitalist, Sheetal Das, MD, shares her personal journey and choice for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Update 12.30.20

Hear the latest COVID-19 news from President, Loren B. Hamel, MD, and Berrien County Health Department health officer, Nicki Britten.

#StayStrong this holiday season

Help control the spread of COVID-19 and continue to support one another and frontline workers by staying vigilant with mask-wearing and social distancing, and, most importantly, #StayStrong

Infectious Disease - Coronavirus - Morning chat with Dr Bragg

Dr. Talawnda L. Bragg, Internal Medicine Hospitalist and Dir. Of Internal Health Residency Program, Spectrum Health shares her experience dealing with COVID-19 and getting the vaccine.

Lakeland Administers First COVID-19 Vaccine

The vaccine is an exciting first step in saving lives and stemming the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

COVID-19 Update 12.17.2020

The latest on COVID-19 in our community.

COVID-19 Update 12.11.2020

The latest on COVID-19 in our community.

Darryl Elmouchi, MD Q&A

We hear the questions you’re asking, and we took them to Darryl Elmouchi, MD, president of Spectrum Health West Michigan, for answers.

How to wear a mask

Wearing a face mask can take some getting used to. Here are a few tips for how to wear it safely.

Washing hands

Help keep your family safe from cough, cold, flu and COVID-19 by remembering to wash your hands often.

Improving your physical and mental health

Hear from Niles community member Jami Foster as she shares tips for coping with COVID-19 by improving your physical and mental health.

Spectrum Health School Health Series - Staying Healthy and Well

School Health Series Broadcast - Navigating COVID-19 During This School Season

School Health Series Broadcast - Navigating COVID-19 During This School Season

School Health Series - Mental Health and Our Students

School Health Series - Mental Health and Our Students

The difference between isolation and quarantine

A discussion about the difference between isolation and quarantine.

Community Conversation COVID-19 November 5 2020

A COVID-19 update from Spectrum Health.

School Health Series: Classroom, Activities & Team Sports - Practicing Healthy Behaviors

Experts discuss reducing risk and staying healthy to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

© Spectrum Health Lakeland 2021