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Patients visiting Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for an outpatient COVID-19 swab test will now see a large drive-thru canopy conveniently located adjacent to the hospital in the OB Practice parking.


The change allows for better social distancing and increases the capacity to conduct more tests as schools, sports and the busy fall season begins. Patients will enter the testing site off Willow Street and exit through the parking lot onto
Locust Street. The drive-thru testing will occur Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’re very excited to roll out this drive-thru process,” said Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital chief operating officer Beth Langenburg. “We’ll be able to conduct more tests in the safest manner possible. This allows us to increasingly meet the needs of our community.”

Patients must have an order from a provider to receive a test. Appointments are encouraged. There are several easy ways to access COVID-19 testing:


Get screened and self-schedule a COVID-19 test through Spectrum Health MyChart. You do not have to be a Spectrum Health patient to use this service. To access MyChart, download the Spectrum Health app or visit


Once in MyChart, follow the instructions found at to complete the symptom screening process.

Patients may also contact their provider to discuss the need for a COVID-19 test. If you require an interpreter or special assistance, call the COVID-19 hotline at 833.559.0659. Also use this option if you are a pre-procedure or surgery patient. If you qualify for a COVID-19 test, an appointment will be made for you.

For tests for children, also visit for more information
on how and when to have your child tested. Spectrum Health emergency departments are for patients seeking emergency services only and are not able to provide testing for patients without serious COVID-19 symptoms.

People experiencing life-threatening symptoms or conditions should call 9-1-1.

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