Sparrow Health System Coronavirus Update

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.

MySparrow Video Visits

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 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 Laboratories

Sparrow offers a complete array of lab services, quickly and accurately performing millions of tests each year.

Lab Locations

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
(CPT 86769)

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 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


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

Visitor Policy

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.

Sparrow News Videos

For media inquiries please contact:
John Foren, SHS Spokesperson | 517.256.1743 |

Sparrow Laboratories Drive-Thru site sets record with 500 patients tested in one day (Fox-47, June 17, 2020)

6 News This Morning WLAJ, June 17, 2020 (WLAJ ABC)

6 News at 5, June 17, 2020 (WLNS CBS)

Holt teachers make face shield holders for Sparrow Hospital (WILX-TV10, June 16, 2020)

Rebuilding America: Expect screening measures, more telehealth in the wake of coronavirus pandemic (Lansing State Journal, May 26, 2020)

New Sparrow Medical Group Building is a Go (The Portland Beacon, May 28, 2020)

When it comes to emergency care, Sparrow is the safest place to be (WILX-TV10, May 26, 2020)

Worried that cough is COVID-19? Michigan makes it easier to get a coronavirus test (Lansing State Journal, May 26, 2020)

No oil change but virus test available at old Sears site (WMMT-TV, May 18, 2020)

No oil change but virus test available at old Sears site (San Francisco Chronicle, May 16, 2020)

New COVID-19 testing site to open in Frandor (WLNS-TV6, May 15, 2020)

Sparrow opens new primary drive-thru testing site in Lansing (WILX-TV10, May 15, 2020)

Former Sears Auto Center in Frandor to get new life as Sparrow’s COVID-19, antibody testing site (Lansing State Journal, May 15, 2020)

First COVID-19 patient admitted to Sparrow released after 55 days (WLNS-TV6, May 8, 2020)

WBKB (CBS) – WBKB News (WBKB-TV, May 8, 2020)

Tom and Judy Therrian were married 62 years. COVID-19 killed both of them in two days (Miami Herald, May 10, 2020)

Detroit officer leaves hospital after month-long battle with COVID-19 (WLNS-TV6, May 10, 2020)

WWMT-GR (CBS) – Newschannel 3 Live at 11 (WBKB-TV, May 9, 2020)

First COVID-19 patient at Sparrow released after 55 days (WILX-TV10, May 8, 2020)

‘It’s a miracle she didn’t die.’ After 55 days in hospital, Sparrow’s first COVID-19 patient goes home (Lansing State Journal, May 8, 2020)

First COVID-19 patient admitted to Sparrow released after 55 days (WLNS-TV6, May 8, 2020)

WBKB (CBS) – WBKB News (WBKB-TV, May 8, 2020)

Lansing, Detroit police parade in front of Sparrow Hospital for officer with COVID-19 (Lansing State Journal, May 2, 2020)

Linda Reetz named Sparrow Ionia Hospital president (The Ionia Sentinel-Standard, May 1, 2020)

Detroit Police show support to officer at Sparrow Hospital (WILX-TV10, May 1, 2020)

Sparrow Health System helps flatten the curve (WILX-TV10, May 1, 2020)

63-year-old Sparrow Specialty Hospital patient receives nursing pin in Zoom ceremony (Lansing State Journal, May 1, 2020)

First responders parade in support of police officer with COVID-19 (WLNS-TV6, May 1, 2020)

Holt teachers make face shield holders for Sparrow Hospital (WILX-TV10, May 1, 2020)

Sparrow and MSU innovation leading the way in COVID-safety (, April 15, 2020)

Ingham County COVID-19 peak will be hard to predict (Michigan Radio, April 13, 2020)


Afraid of getting coronavirus, Michiganders avoid urgent care centers, emergency rooms (Detroit Free Press/Bridge Magazine, April 13, 2020)

New Michigan State football coach donates food to front-line coronavirus workers in Lansing (For The Win USA Today, April 11, 2020)

Doctors say seasonal allergies have similar symptoms to COVID-19 (WILX-TV10, April 10, 2020)

MSU seeks FDA approval for process to decontaminate, reuse N95 masks (The Detroit News, April 10, 2020)

Coronavirus: Hospitals are safe for births, officials say, but expectant moms have anxiety (Lansing State Journal, April 10, 2020)  

PHP – 4/10/20 (Fox-47, April 10, 2020) 

MSU, Sparrow research could make N-95 masks re-usable (WNEM-TV5, April 10, 2020) 

Rep. Elissa Slotkin urges rapid FDA review (Fox-47, April 9, 2020)  

Slotkin, Upton urge FDA to review MSU decontamination of N95 masks during coronavirus pandemic (Lansing State Journal /USA Today, April 9, 2020)  

Experts recommend homemade masks (WILX-TV10, April 2, 2020)

Faith Based Counseling At Hospitals (WKAR, April 2, 2020)

Sparrow – 4/2/20 (Fox-47, April 2, 2020)

Sparrow CEO gives update on safety measures, employee resources (WLNS-TV6, March 28, 2020)

Rural Michigan hospitals say coronavirus crisis may soon force some to close (Bridge Magazine, March 24, 2020)

Hospitals work around “no visitor” executive order (WLNS-TV6, March 27, 2020)

Coronavirus in Michigan: Day 14 (Lansing City Pulse, March 27, 2020)

Hospitals take measures to protect mothers and babies during COVID-19 pandemic (WLNS 6, March 26, 2020) 

WLAJ (ABC) – 6 News at 11 Family takes to sidewalk chalk to express their support of the Sparrow Family (WLNS-TV6, March 25, 2020)

Local hospitals prepare for virus (WILX-TV10, March 25, 2020) 

As coronavirus spreads widely, millions of older Americans live in counties with no ICU beds (The Baltimore Sun, featuring Dr. Peter Graham of PHP, March 25, 2020) 

East Lansing Public Schools using 3D printers to make N-95 masks (WILX-TV10, March 25, 2020) 

Sparrow Health System launches COVID-19 virtual care (WILX-TV10, March 24, 2020) 

Coronavirus: Cloth masks help health care workers preserve equipment, but be careful if you wear one (Lansing State Journal, March 24, 2020)

Coronavirus: How to help healthcare workers in the Lansing region during the pandemic (Lansing State Journal, March 24, 2020)

WATCH: Coronavirus: The Facts (Fox-47, March 24, 2020)

Governor Whitmer warns younger generation about Coronavirus (WILX-TV10, March 24)

Sparrow patient gets “visit” from family (WILX-TV10, March 23, 2020)

Making at-home face masks with little resources (WILX-TV10, March 23, 2020)

Lansing hospitals taking medical supply donations for coronavirus treatment (WILX-TV10, March 23, 2020)

WLNS (CBS) – 6 News at 6 TV6 Interview with Nurse Malinda Herrera (WLNS-TV6, March 23, 2020)

WLNS (CBS) – 6 News at 5 Hospice Drive (WLNS-TV6, March 23, 2020)

On the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Greater Lansing (Lansing State Journal, March 21, 2020)

The impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on Sparrow hospital (WLNS 6, March 20, 2020)

Sparrow Health System now providing inpatient coronavirus testing (WILX10, March 20)

Coronavirus: Hospitals prepare to increase beds, capacity (Lansing State Journal, March 19)

New cases reported in Ingham, Eaton counties as statewide COVID-19 total surges to 334 (Lansing State Journal, March 19)

Sparrow Physicians Health Plan to extend premium payment grace period, waive member cost-sharing for telehealth (Fox 47 News, March 19)

Many Michigan hospitals canceling non-essential surgeries because of coronavirus (, March 18)

WILX Rachel Sweet Coronavirus discussion with Sparrow Doctors (WILX News 10, March 17, 2020)

COVID-19 screenings begin at local hospitals (WLNS6, March 16, 2020)

Coronavirus: Sparrow sets up screenings to check staff, visitors for symptoms before they enter (Lansing State Journal, March 16, 2020)

Blue Cross Blue Shield, PHP to cover costs of coronavirus tests for its members (Lansing State Journal, March 13, 2020)

Governor Whitmer restricts visits to hospital (WILX10, March 15, 2020)

Healthcare, residential facilities to limit visitors due to executive order as COVID-19 cases increase (WLNS 6, March 15, 2020)

Coronavirus: Governor orders visitors restricted at Michigan hospitals (Lansing State Journal, March 14 2020)

Sparrow hospital ramps up response in coronavirus (WLNS-TV6, March 12, 2020)

Sparrow Health officials put coronavirus into perspective (WILX-TV10, March 11, 2020)

Sparrow Unveils New Coronavirus Web Page (WILX-TV10, March 11, 2020)

Busting the myths of the coronavirus (WLNS-TV6, March 9, 2020)

Ingham County preparing for a Coronavirus outbreak (Fox/WILX-TV10, March 6, 2020)

Officials 1 of 2 people in isolation in Ingham County tested negative for Coronavirus (Lansing State Journal, March 6, 2020)

Michigan’s Big Show: Dr. Dale Jackson, Director of EMS and Preparedness, Sparrow Hospital (Michigan’s Big Show, March 6, 2020)

Sparrow Hospital prepares for possibility of Coronavirus (WLNS-TV6, February 26, 2020)

Michigan prepares for virus outbreak (WILX-TV10, February 26, 2020)

Sparrow implements safeguards for Coronavirus (WILX-TV10, February 26, 2020)

Influenza (The flu)

Please do not forget about the flu. We are at the height of the flu season. Get vaccinated if you have not already. It’s not too late. 

For more information go to CDC: Influenza (the flu)
Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick
Flu: Caring for someone else who is sick 

COVID-19 Downloadable Resources