Each day is flooded with stories about COVID-19, the coronavirus that's spreading around the globe. As a public health service, Spectrum Health is offering free screenings to those who have symptoms and are concerned they have the virus.
Dr. Darryl Elmouchi stopped by the Fox 17 Morning Mix studio to discuss how the screenings work and how to get one.
The goal is to prevent the spread of illness by enabling people to seek the information they need from their homes, while making it easy and convenient for people. Spectrum Health wants to reduce anxiety for people who may be concerned about their symptoms.
Spectrum Health advises people who have symptoms such as cough, fever, or shortness of breath, and are concerned about the virus, should call their hotline.
Here's how it works:
• READY: If you are in the state of Michigan and experiencing symptoms, call the Spectrum Health COVID-19 hotline at 616-391-2380. Of course if they have severe symptoms, call 911 and get help right away.
• CONNECT: Callers will be scheduled for a phone screening.
• GO: Spectrum Health providers will determine if you need further evaluation.
The hotline is staffed by Spectrum Health Now professionals who are specially-trained clinical providers.
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