Spectrum Health closing drive-through COVID testing site
Spectrum Health announced today it is closing one of the first drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in Michigan after nearly a half million tests.
The site at 1300 Michigan Street NE in Grand Rapids dates back to the early days of the pandemic in March 2020. Today’s news release says the property served as one of the first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination sites when vaccines became available.
Chad Tuttle, senior vice president, hospital and post-acute operations, BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan, says quote, “When I think of how quickly our teams came together to establish this site and others throughout Spectrum Health in the early days of the pandemic, I am filled with pride,” He adds, “It is yet another example of our staff working tirelessly and selflessly in the face of an overwhelming crisis.”
The final day of appointments at 1300 Michigan will be Friday, July 29. Providers will discontinue referring patients after that date. Beginning Monday, Aug. 1, the site will be dismantled, and the remaining medical and non-medical supplies will be distributed throughout Spectrum Health. All team members currently working at 1300 Michigan will be reassigned.
Testing and vaccinations are now widely available throughout the community, which was not the case when the site opened in March 2020. Testing options for people without symptoms now include local pharmacies such as Meijer, Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid, home testing and other testing locations in Michigan.