Sparrow Ionia, Health Department offer COVID testing Wednesday

Posted at 12:49 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 12:54:56-04

IONIA, Mich. — Sparrow Ionia Hospital and the Ionia County Health Department are combining to offer COVID-19 nasal swab testing at a special one-day event in Lake Odessa on Wednesday, July 29.

The testing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Edwards Catholic Church – Family Center, 741 Washington Blvd., Lake Odessa. Attendees are asked to use the north parking lot off of Washington Boulevard.

A nasal swab (or PCR) test determines whether or not you have an active COVID-19 infection at the time the sample is collected. It’s a molecular test that is reviewed at Sparrow Laboratories. Nearly 100 people were swabbed at a similar event held recently in Belding.

Residents can attend without having a doctor’s order in advance. No money will be collected onsite and Sparrow will bill those with medical insurance.

“Sparrow Ionia Hospital has been working collaboratively with the Ionia County Health Department to ensure the health and safety of our community,” said Sparrow Ionia President Linda Reetz.

“Again, the goal is to protect the community we serve as our county and state begin to reintroduce people back into the workforce.”

Those seeking more information can contact the ICHD at 616.527.5341.

“One of the most effective ways to contain any epidemic is widespread testing,” said Ionia County Health Officer Ken Bowen.

“We encourage anyone who has symptoms, who may have been exposed, or who will be returning to work to get tested.”

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