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Montcalm man dies of COVID-19

Spectrum Health announced earlier this week that a male patient in his 70s, who tested positive for COVID-19, passed away April 6 at Spectrum Health United Hospital, becoming the first Montcalm County resident to succumb to the virus.

“On behalf of Spectrum Health and the clinical team dedicated to caring for this patient, we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this individual,” said Andrea Leslie, president of Spectrum Health United, Kelsey, Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals. “We realize it is difficult news for our community as we face the reality of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our entire team is committed to caring for our COVID-19 patients. We are united with our communities in fighting this virus together.”
Spectrum Health has been planning for months and continues to expand its operations to address the needs of patients. In addition to sending specimens to state and commercial labs for testing, Spectrum Health is processing COVID-19 tests at its lab in Grand Rapids. 

Spectrum Health has taken several steps to help fight the spread of COVID-19:

Prevention: We continue to encourage people to practice prevention efforts. Wash hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, avoid touching your face and avoid large gatherings. Social distancing of at least six feet is recommended.

Free virtual screenings: Spectrum Health offers free virtual screenings for COVID-19 to those in Michigan who have symptoms and may be concerned they have the virus. Callers to the hotline (616.391.2380) will be asked a series of questions about their condition by a Spectrum Health provider who will advise whether they need to seek additional care. The hotline has received more than 37,000 calls since it opened March 6. 

Emergency Department Triage Tents:  Triage tents have been opened at Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and are being set up this week at Spectrum Health regional hospitals. It’s a dedicated space for patients with symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. Anyone who feels they have a cough, shortness of breath or fever, and needs emergency level care can be treated safely in this space.

Community Information and Resources: We have posted downloadable materials, travel tips, videos and other information on our website to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Community members, churches, schools, businesses and others are encouraged to visit www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19 to access the resources.

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