LA CROSSE, Wis. ― COVID-19 cases in the region have continued to decline, leading to lower testing volumes. As a result, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse will close its COVID-19 testing site at the former Occupational Health Building at 630 10th St. in La Crosse. The last day for COVID-19 testing at that location will be Monday, March 7.
"This is a step in the right direction as we begin returning to regular hospital and clinic operations," says Joannie Schmidt, nurse administrator for the COVID-19 testing site. "We have reached a point in the pandemic where we can manage testing within our daily operations. Primary care providers and staff are well-prepared to manage COVID-19 testing and are able to accommodate the volume of patients needing such care."
Patients who are symptomatic or need testing for travel purposes will be offered COVID-19 testing at primary clinic locations beginning Tuesday, March 8. Patients needing COVID-19 testing before a procedure will be completed either at the department performing the procedure or at their regional primary clinic if preferred.
Patients are encouraged to schedule their testing appointment using the Mayo Clinic App or Patient Online Services on the web. Patients may also use the Check Symptoms assessment tool in Patient Online Services to screen for COVID-19 testing.
Patients who do not have a Patient Online Services account can contact their primary care provider to determine whether COVID-19 testing is needed.
"Mayo Clinic Health System thanks those staff members who have devoted endless time and energy over the past two years to provide essential services related to COVID-19," says Schmidt. "Their dedication to patients and the community, and their flexibility in responding to the rapidly changing needs of the COVID-19 response, have been greatly appreciated."
COVID-19 vaccinations available at Mayo Clinic Health System primary care locations
Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to be available by appointment at all Mayo Clinic Health System primary care practice locations. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is no longer available at Mayo Clinic Health System.
Patients are encouraged to use the Mayo Clinic app or Patient Online Services to schedule their vaccine appointment.
La Crosse and Sparta hospitals to resume normal visitor hours
Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals in La Crosse and Sparta will resume normal visiting hours Tuesday, March 8. Visitors will be welcome daily from 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
"This is the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that the hospital has had normal visiting hours," says Kimberly Noth, nurse administrator for the La Crosse hospital. "We are excited to give patients a little more time with their families, as that goes a long way in helping them heal."
Patients and visitors are required to wear a medical-grade mask instead of a cloth mask, gaiter or bandanna. If they're not already wearing a medical-grade mask, patients will be offered one when they go through the screening process or check in. Compassionate exceptions for visitation will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, including births and end-of-life care, among other circumstances.
The two-person visitor rule will remain in place, but patients do not need to determine only two designated visitors for the length of their stay. Anyone 16 and older can visit a patient in the hospital. However, only two visitors will be allowed at one time. Clinic patients will continue to be allowed two designated visitors.
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Press ContactRick Thiesse