New Lansing area coronavirus testing sites open Tuesday
Sparrow Health System is expanding coronavirus testing due to what the health care provider said was a huge demand.
Beginning Tuesday, nasal swab COVID-19 testing will be available at Sparrow St. Lawrence, 1210 W. Saginaw St., Lansing, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Those tests can also now be done at the Michigan Athletic Club, 2900 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing, at the same times and days.
Both sites offer drive-through testing. The new locations will be closed July 3 and 4. The Frandor location will not close for the holiday.
Sparrow said they typically serve around 700 to 800 people in a day looking for COVID-19 or antibody testing.
Last week, the Frandor site served over one thousand poeple in one day.
The new testing sites will only offer CODVID-19 testing. They will not test for antibodies.
Sparrow Medical Director James Richard said the new testing sites will alleviate overwhelming crowds from Frandor.
He also said the new sites will be more accessible, especially for Michigan State Students and people living on the west side of Lansing.
"This side [Michigan Athletic Club] is being set up for walk-in traffic as well or individuals who may be on their bicycles or walking over from the university and they can be tested as well," Richard said.
Both sites will have two lanes and no one will have to get out of their car.
Sparrow said it was a home run for the community.
However, since there has been an increase in testing, supplies are running low.
"It has become a real challenge whenever you have supply on hands for two weeks and you double your volume and now only have supplies for one week," Richard said. "This kind of testing is increasing probably because of the younger population and people more concerned with it than they had been prior."
State officials have announced 63,497 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan Monday.
The state said the total number of deaths related to the virus has now reached 5,915.
The number of positive cases increased by 236 and the number of deaths increased by four.
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