As one holiday weekend gives way to another, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Grand Lansing and across Michigan.
The state reported a total of 25,858 new confirmed cases over two days on Wednesday, an average of 12,929 cases per day. This is the highest daily total recorded since the start of the pandemic.
As of Sunday, 56 people had died from the coronavirus this month in Ingham County, already the third highest monthly total since the start of the pandemic.
Additionally, Michigan State University officials said on December 17 that the first confirmed case of the omicron variant in Greater Lansing was recorded that day.
According to state data, 58.54% of residents of Ingham County were fully immunized on Tuesday. In Eaton County, 58.61% of residents had been fully immunized and 61.37% of residents in Clinton County.
Here’s where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Greater Lansing at the start of the third calendar year of the pandemic.
Spartan Stadium Hall B
PCR testing is available weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing.
Appointments are recommended but not required for the site, which the university opened on December 15. They can be taken through the MSU Health Care website.
The tests are available to students and anyone else in the area who wishes to be tested. But people who register as asymptomatic and are not close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be charged $ 100 for the test.
Free parking is available on Lot 79, south of Spartan Stadium.
Drive-thru from Sparrow Laboratories in Frandor
Wait times at Sparrow Laboratories’ drive-thru test site in Frandor this week have averaged 1.5 to two hours, lab manager Elizabeth Reust said on Wednesday.
The Frandor site, located in the former Sears Auto Center, saw increased demand in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Although it has declined slightly, Reust said they still run just under 800 tests a day.
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The site, which specializes in PCR tests, is open every day from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reust recommends arriving early when the lines are shorter. In addition, the line cuts around 7 p.m.
Appointments are highly recommended and can be made using MySparrow, a patient portal that the hospital system operates through MyChart software. It is accessible both online or through the MyChart app.
“For each patient who presents without having done so, it takes us an additional 10 minutes to register them,” said Reust.
98point6 Emergency center
Rapid antigen, PCR, influenza and strep throat tests are available at 98point6 Emergicenter, an emergency care center located at 1540 Lake Lansing Road.
The tests, which take place daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., are by appointment only on weekdays and by car on Saturday and Sunday. Arrangements can be made by calling 517-913-6711. Capacity is limited to five tests every half hour.
On weekdays, those tested are advised to park behind cones designated for testing and to call the emergency care center upon arrival. On weekends, a drive-thru is organized near the building entrance.
According to a spokesperson, PCR results are provided within 1-3 days, while rapid test results are provided within 30 minutes.
Ingham County Department of Health
The Ingham County Health Department regularly offers free COVID-19 testing at two sites.
PCR testing is available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ingham County Health Department office, located at 5303 S. Cedar St in Lansing. Appointments can be made online through a link on the Department of Health website.
Coronavirus testing also takes place weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Forest Community Health Center, 2316 S. Cedar St. in Lansing.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services operates a testing site three days a week at Epicenter of Worship, a church located at 517 W. Jolly Road in Lansing.
The tests are available Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Appointments can be made online through an MDHHS website.
McLaren Care Now
Tests are available daily at two Walgreens locations in Ingham County through a partnership with McLaren Health Care, called McLaren Care Now.
Appointments can be made in advance by registering on the McLaren website.
The two partner sites are in Lansing – at 410 E. Jolly Road – and in Okemos – at 2131 W. Grand River Ave.
Atlas Meds Pharmacy
Atlas Meds Pharmacy, a pharmacy located at 4801 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Lansing, offers rapid antigen and PCR testing.
No prior registration is necessary.
Lansing VA Clinic (for veterans only)
Veterans enrolled in health care benefits through the Veterans Benefits Administration can pre-arrange COVID-19 testing with their primary care providers at the Lansing VA Clinic, a clinic operated by the Battle Creek VA Medical Center.
A spokesperson said patients should call the clinic at 269-966-5600 and follow directions until they choose to speak to the nurse on call.
To register for the benefits, the spokesperson said veterans can call the VBA at 1-800-827-1000.
Barry-Eaton District Health Unit
Registration on the Barry-Eaton Health Service website is strongly encouraged for testing at both service sites.
The department offers rapid antigen and PCR testing Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at its Eaton County office, located at 1033 Health Care Drive in Charlotte. The county also offers testing Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at its Barry County site at 330 W. Woodlawn Ave. in Hastings.
Tests won’t be available Thursday or Friday due to the holiday weekend, according to the health department’s website.
Ouch! Urgent Care
Rapid antigen, PCR and influenza tests are available Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Ouch! Emergency care in St. Johns.
According to the clinic’s Facebook page, hours may vary due to vacation hours.
Appointments are not required, but can be made through a link on the clinic’s website. Wait times are also visible on the page.
Other test sites
Emergency care in Lansing
COVID-19 tests are available at one of Lansing Urgent Care’s eight sites in Greater Lansing.
Walk-in visits are accepted, but wait times vary widely according to a mapping tool on the clinic’s website.
Lansing Urgent Care has offices on the east, south and west sides of Lansing, as well as in Okemos, Haslett, Mason, Dewitt and Grand Ledge.
Rapid antigen testing is available by appointment only at Meijer sites in the Grand Lansing region.
The tests are drive-thru and patients must register through a website. Appointments are assigned using a survey on doineedacovid19test.com. After completing the survey, if applicable, you select appointments from a drop-down menu listing participating Meijer Pharmacy branches in the region.
Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, and Rite Aid also offer COVID-19 testing by appointment at locations in the Grand Lansing area.
Every drugstore chain offers rapid and PCR tests, and requires people to complete screening surveys through their websites before making an appointment.
Contact reporter Jared Weber at 517-582-3937 or [email protected]