Screening and Testing




 

Think you may have COVID-19?

Testing at a Spectrum Health Lakeland facility is available by appointment only for patients with a doctor's order. Follow the steps below to be tested for COVID-19: 

1. Contact your provider for a doctor's order or visit a Lakeland walk-in clinic
if you are in need of a COVID-19 test, contact your local Southwest Michigan primary care provider first to obtain a doctor’s order. If you do not have a provider, COVID-19 testing is available at all three of Lakeland’s walk-in clinics (Niles, Stevensville, and Watervliet). An appointment is not needed for these locations. All COVID-19 tests will continue to be billed to a patient’s insurance if available. For more information about walk-in clinic locations and hours, click here.

2. Schedule a COVID-19 test
If you have a doctor's order for a COVID-19 test, you can schedule your appointment online through Lakeland MyChart. You may also use the scheduling line at 269.927.5100 to speak with someone directly (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.). This phone number also schedules testing for pre-screening prior to a procedure or surgery.

Your specimen collection appointment will take place at one of the following locations: Center for Outpatient Services in St. Joseph (drive-thru testing available; enter via Maiden Lane), Spectrum Health Lakeland Niles Hospital, or Spectrum Health Lakeland Watervliet Hospital.  

3. COVID-19 test results 
If you completed your COVID-19 test at a Lakeland location, you can obtain your test results through Lakeland MyChart by visiting spectrumhealthlakeland.org/mychart. Your results will post to your MyChart account within the next 24 to 48 hours. (Note: If your employer required you to obtain this test, you should contact your employer for results.)



Understanding your results

If your COVID-19 results are POSITIVE or “detected”:
Anticipate being notified by your county health department. We recommend that you follow these current CDC guidelines:

• Stay home except to get medical care.
• If you must leave your house, wear a facemask if possible.
• Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes.
• Clean your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid sharing personal household items.
• Clean all high-touch surfaces daily.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 9-1-1, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or may have COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.

Am I still contagious?
You are no longer considered contagious after all three of these things have happened:

  • You have had no fever, without the use of medicine that reduces fevers, for at least three full days.
  • Other symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath have improved
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

If you have further questions, consult your primary care provider.

If your COVID-19 results are NEGATIVE or “Not Detected,” you should remain in self-isolation until you are 24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medication and your symptoms have improved.



Returning to work

You may obtain a copy of your test results from your Lakeland MyChart account if your employer requires this order for you to return to work. You will need to contact your provider if your employer requires a physician order to return to work. If you do not have a primary care provider, you may obtain one by calling 800.LAKELAND (525.3526) or visiting spectrumhealthlakeland.org/primarycare

 

 

Image of Sign Up Banner



Continue Watching

Spectrum Health Lakeland cancer care: With you every step of the way.

Whatever your cancer diagnosis, you'll find the care and resources you need at Spectrum Health Lakeland.

Weight loss surgery: McKenzie Stanton "Finding a balance"

Since undergoing a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, McKenzie is down 89 pounds and has energy to keep up with her son.

COVID-19 Update 11.10.21

Spectrum Health Lakeland president, Dr. Loren Hamel and Berrien County Health Department Medical Director, Dr. Rex Cabaltica share the latest COVID-19 updates in Berrien County.

Shoulder surgery: Paul Dow "A necessary repair"

When swelling and discomfort in Paul Dow's shoulders began to disrupt his sleep and his favorite form of exercise, bicycling, he teamed up with orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Postma, DO, to solve the issue.

Breast cancer surgery and reconstruction

Learn more about surgical options for treating breast cancer and how reconstruction following a mastectomy can help women feel confident in their body again.

Check up: Hearing can affect your balance

Are you feeling dizzy or off balance? It could be an issue with your inner ear.

Diverticulitis: Jeff LaFave "Added peace of mind"

James Clancy, MD, surgically removed a section of Jeff's colon to treat his diverticulitis.

Weight loss surgery: Katie Pugh “A weight off her mind”

After participating in a weight loss program and undergoing bariatric surgery, Katie is down 84 pounds and her life has completely changed.

COVID-19 Update 9.22.21

Spectrum Health Lakeland President Loren B. Hamel, MD, and Acting Health Officer at the Berrien County Health Department, Courtney Davis, share the latest COVID-19 updates in Berrien County.

Check-up: Breast cancer surgery (Maria Rapciak, DO)

Surgery is a common treatment for breast cancer. It’s done to remove as much of the cancer as possible. General surgeon, Maria Rapciak, DO, explains the types of surgical options available to women and the factors that go into creating a plan of care.

COVID-19 Update 9.8.21

Spectrum Health Lakeland President Loren B. Hamel, MD, and Acting Health Officer at the Berrien County Health Department, Courtney Davis, share the latest COVID-19 updates in Berrien County.

Colon cancer: Judi Huff "Listen to your body"

Judi was shocked to learn that her pain was caused by colon cancer. Thanks to general surgeon, Michael Webb, MD, Judi is now cancer free.

COVID-19 Update 8.25.2021

President Loren B. Hamel, MD, and Berrien County Medical Director and family medicine physician, Rex Cabaltica, MD, shared the latest COVID-19 updates in Berrien County

Hip surgery: Ethan Shirk "Running from the pain"

Ethan underwent surgery for hip pain and is back to running, weightlifting, and going for walks pain free.

COVID-19 vaccine and kids

Pediatrician, Anne Dudley, DO, and Berrien County Health Department Medical Director, Rex Cabaltica, MD, discuss the COVID-19 vaccine for kids.

Check-up: Peripheral artery disease and wound care (Gary Witucki, DO)

At the Lakeland Wound Center, our care team knows the importance of proper wound care. Learn how we’re helping treat patient is our community at lakelandwoundcenter.com

Physician Video Profile: Sapna Patel, MD (Medical Oncology)

Oncologist, Sapna Patel, MD, treats patients in St. Joseph and Niles.

Ear care: Logan Grant “Big relief for a little guy”

Each year, more than half a million ear tube surgeries are performed on children, making it the most common childhood surgery performed with anesthesia. Find out if tympanostomy ear tubes may be a solution for your child’s frequent ear infections.

Check-up: Coping with chronic pain (Rich Watson, MA, LLP, LPC)

Depression, anxiety, loss of sleep—these are just a few symptoms of chronic pain.

TAVR heart valve replacement surgery

TAVR heart valve replacement surgery explained by Spectrum Health Lakeland cardiac specialists.

© Spectrum Health Lakeland 2021
Hospital