Covenant establishes a COVID-19 Hotline (989-583-3135) and opens COVID-19 Sampling Center

As a means to minimize exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Covenant HealthCare has established a HOTLINE (989-583-3135) staffed by advanced practice providers and nurses to handle COVID-19 screenings via telephone. Additionally, Covenant HealthCare has opened a drive thru COVID-19 Sampling Center specifically for individuals who have an order to be tested for COVID-19 from providers on the hotline or their doctor.

Hotline providers will screen callers for risk associated with COVID-19 and make recommendations. For those deemed to be low or moderate risk, hotline providers will offer information to callers related to monitoring their health and advise them to consult with their primary care physician. Those who are at high risk based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines will be directed to a sampling center or an emergency department.

The drive-thru Covenant Sampling Center is located in the north parking lot at the Covenant Visiting Nurse Association building. (500 S. Hamilton, Saginaw). People who come to the center MUST have a doctor's order to proceed to the tent area and have a sample taken for COVID-19 testing. As a safety precaution people are asked to remain in their vehicles throughout the process. Individuals who come to the center without a physician order will be provided COVID-19 information and the number for the Covenant COVID-19 Hotline to determine if the test should be ordered. Currently, samples being taken at the center are being sent to laboratories outside the region and results are taking several days to come back.

The Covenant COVID-19 Hotline is operational every day from 6 am to 10 pm. The Covenant Sampling Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am until 3 pm. (closed on Sunday).

Covenant strongly recommends that people concerned that they may have contracted COVID-19 call their doctor or the Covenant COVID-19 Hotline at 989-583-3135. If someone is experiencing severe symptoms, they should go immediately to an emergency department, or call 911.

People are advised not come to the Covenant Sampling Center without a doctor's order for COVID-19 testing.

Media inquiries related to the Sampling Center can be directed to Larry Daly 989-751-0321.