Sparrow Caregivers are prepared for and actively managing the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak. Our primary focus is, and always will be, on the health, safety and welfare of the communities we serve. You can help by diligently washing your hands, practice social distancing and comply with prevention recommendations and orders from state and federal health authorities. The steps you take will make a critical, lifesaving difference for someone you love.
As the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, Sparrow is on the highest alert about Coronavirus and is taking every action to be prepared around the clock to meet the area’s critical care needs. We are aware of the added strain that an outbreak such as this can cause, and we ask those who are healthy to be mindful of others who may be struggling to cope with isolation or illness.
Sparrow Health System now offers video visits via Zoom for non-emergent conditions. In order to participate in a video visit, you’ll need a MySparrow account and Zoom video software. If you don’t have a MySparrow account, you may sign up at any time by visiting Sparrow.org/MySparrow and registering as a new user.
Mobile Users: You will need to have the MyChart application in order to access your video visit. Download at the links below:
To sign up for a MySparrow Video Visit, select the button below or visit Sparrow.org/VideoVisit.
Sparrow offers a complete array of lab services, quickly and accurately performing millions of tests each year.
We have outpatient labs throughout Mid-Michigan for your convenience, including COVID-19 collection and/or drive thru blood draw sites.
View our list of lab locations and hours.
Pricing for COVID-19 Collection
COVID-19 Diagnostic lab test (Nasal Swab): $70
(CPT/HCPCS 87635, U0002, U0003)
COVID-19 Antibody reference lab test (Blood Draw): $50
Please note that Sparrow bills insurances so the out of pocket cost is dependent on insurance/copay.
Sparrow is receiving many generous donations from the community in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and is accepting items at the old Eastern High School.
Visit www.SparrowFoundation.org/ChallengeResponse to make a financial gift to help defray the costs of the response effort, if you are able. Questions? Call 517.253.6144 or email Foundation@sparrow.org.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best prevention is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
» Wash your hands frequently
» Cover your cough
» Stay home if you’re sick
» Practice good hand hygiene avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
» Avoid close contact with people who are sick
» Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces daily
» Practice social distancing at all times
Sparrow implements new visitor policy
The state has issued an order relaxing visitor restrictions for hospitals. As a result, Sparrow is placing into immediate effect new policies and practices to allow more visitors, while supporting and promoting the safety of our caregivers and the patients they care for.
While more visitors will be allowed, it’s important that we continue to practice strong precautions and that we limit contact as much as possible, for instance by encouraging patients to communicate with loved ones through an iPad. Our success in responding to the pandemic reflects the value of being vigilant and not letting down our guard.
The new hospital policies are as follows. Find out more detail on the latest order relaxing the standards.
Visitor/Companion Policy for Inpatient Departments
For our adult inpatient departments, we will move to a policy of one visitor/companion per patient at a time in the room. For the Children’s Center, we will continue to have two parent/guardian visitors per patient.
Visitor/Companion Policy for ED/Outpatient/Ambulatory Departments
For all ED, Outpatient, and Ambulatory departments, we will continue to only have visitation/companion by exception. Our ability to provide safe social distancing standards in these settings is very limited. Department operational leaders have the authority to make exceptions for circumstances unique to their area(s) of responsibility, such as: Patients requiring a supportive care companion for patient safety or quality of care and Patients requiring a supportive care companion to successfully navigate the visit physically, mentally, or emotionally.
For the latest information and recommendations on COVID-19 please click on the below links to the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Michigan.