Please refer to the Kent County Health Department for the most up to date information
(And yes, you can trust this source!)
Click Here To See How Long You Have To Be In Quarantine For.
Update as of 12/04/2020:
Cases in Kent County are increasing rapidly. We must act now to reduce the spread of
this virus. Here are some things that you can do to keep yourself safe and to help
stop the spread of COVID-19:
Wear a face mask any time you are outside your home (over your
mouth AND nose!)
Physically distance yourself at least 6 feet from other persons
outside your home
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or
use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Try to avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and
Disinfect “high touch” areas in your home and car regularly with a
disinfectant wipe or cleaning solution
Get plenty of rest, eat well, and generally take care of yourself!!
Avoid gatherings with people outside of your immediate household
members, especially indoors and especially with large groups. Wear a mask if you
do need to attend.
COVID-19 testing is widely available and anyone who wants a test can have a test.
Unfortunately, with the rapid increase in cases, you may have to wait in line to be
tested. Plan ahead. Time to get results varies, but is generally 24-72 hours.
How to find a testing site:
During regular business hours, you can contact our office for an order to be tested through Saint Mary’s or Spectrum Health by appointment.
Mercy Health: now by appointment only
You can schedule yourself a test at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s through their COVID-19 website: www.mercyhealth.com/COVID-19
Scroll down the web page until you see “I have symptoms of COVID-19 and want a test” or “I want a COVID-19 test but I have no symptoms” and click the appropriate “choose location” box.
Spectrum Health: currently testing only those with symptoms due to large volumes
You can also schedule yourself a test at Spectrum Health through their COVID-19 screeners by using the Spectrum Health MyChart app. See www.spectrumhealth.org/COVID-19 for more information.
Listing of all testing sites in the greater Grand Rapids area, including hospitals, pharmacies, urgent care, and other sites
www.michigan.gov/cornavirus Click on “find a test site”
Listing of all testing sites in the state, including hospitals, pharmacies, urgent care, and other testing sites
**this information is rapidly evolving. You may have heard about recent changes to quarantine recommendations in the media. At this time, given the current extremely high prevalence of COVID-19 in West Michigan, we recommend continuing with the guidelines below until the Kent County Health Department further clarifies what the safest course of action is for our community. (Update 12/4/2020)
Persons who have had direct (“first degree”) exposure to a person positive for
COVID19 should quarantine for 14 days after the last known exposure.
The incubation period for COVID19 is anywhere between 2 and 14 days. This means
symptoms could show up anywhere between 2 and 14 days from when you are exposed.
While we do highly recommend testing for exposed persons, you need to be careful
to not get tested too early and get a “false negative”.
Please wait at least 5 - 7 days after the exposure to get tested for
If you do start getting symptoms at any point during the quarantine period, get
testing immediately. There is no need to wait further.
Remember that even with a negative test, you are not “safe” and need to
quarantine until the 14 days has passed.
For more information please feel free to call our office, or see the following
If you are sick and suspect you may have COVID19 it is very important to get tested.
Please call our office and talk to our nurses regarding your symptoms.
We do offer Telehealth appointments so you do not need to leave your home to
If you are very short of breath or have other life-threatening symptoms please call
911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department. COVID19 can get worse rapidly, so
don’t wait to seek care.
Persons sick with COVID19 or suspected COVID19 need to self-isolate in their
10 days since onset of symptoms AND
at least 24 hours with no fever (without medication) AND
improvement in other symptoms (such as cough, congestion, shortness of
Note that loss of taste/smell can linger for weeks, you do not need to continue
to isolate for these symptoms as long as the other criteria are met
What does self-isolation mean?
Stay in a separate room in your home from other family members. Sleep in
a separate bedroom and use a different bathroom, if possible ◦ If you
must be around other members of your household, wear a face mask at all
Avoid direct contact with pets, if possible
Do not share items such as eating utensils, drinking glasses, or towels
Disinfect commonly touched surfaces (such as doorknobs) frequently
Wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing/sneezing or
touching your face
For additional help locating food, housing, childcare, and other community
services, call 2-1-1 at (844) 587-2485 or visit www.mi211.org.
You can also call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
COVID-19 public hotline at 888-535-6136. The hotline is open Monday
to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Patient Centered-Medical Healthcare
At Family Medicine Specialists we strive to meet your individual and unique healthcare
needs. Our team is made up of doctors, physician assistants/nurse practitioners, nurses,
medical assistants and administrative personnel who work for you.
We embrace the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care. By this, we see our medical
practice as a place where health needs are met primarily and in a way that patients are
well-known, providing care from different sources and at different levels. Recognizing
that there are times when more specialized health care is needed, we pride ourselves on
working closely with and referring to the best specialty care available.
Here at FMS we value the principals of communication, service and availability as
pillars in the care that we provide. Thank you for letting us provide the primary
medical care for you and your family.
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