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COVID-19

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people. The new strain is called COVID-19 acute respiratory disease (novel coronavirus),

In The News

Hospital visitor policy to change in Southwest Wisconsin Region July 7

People 16 and older can visit hospital patients, with two visitors allowed at one time.

July 6, 2021
COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in Mankato are moving to Eastridge and Northridge clinics

Vaccinations will be available at appointments beginning Tuesday, July 6, and COVID-19 testing will be available beginning July 20.

July 1, 2021
COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to be available at clinics across the Southwest Minnesota Region

Vaccinations will be offered beginning Tuesday, July 6, and testing will be offered beginning July 20 at multiple clinic locations in Southwest Minnesota. 

July 1, 2021
COVID-19 testing in Mankato to move to vaccination center

COVID-19 testing is moving from the Madison East Center to its vaccination center at 1315 Stadium Road, effective Monday, May 17.

 

May 11, 2021
Wellness kits donated to isolated seniors across Southwest Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Health System is distributing wellness kits to seniors across Southwest Minnesota who continue to be isolated due to COVID-19.

April 15, 2021
La Crosse to host neighborhood COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Mayo Clinic Health System and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse will host free neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine clinics for adults on Thursdays in April and May.

April 13, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination expands in Sparta

The number of days COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to patients has increased, while there is one less day of testing.

April 12, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination for age 16 and up in Southwest Minnesota

Effective immediately, patients in Southwest Minnesota ages 16 and up can schedule an appointment to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

April 7, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination site in New Prague

A COVID-19 vaccination site will open at the New Prague clinic on Wednesday, March 17.

 

March 12, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Center to Open in Mankato

To prepare for the next phases of COVID-19 vaccinations, Mayo Clinic Health System will open a COVID-19 vaccination center on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.

February 12, 2021
Visitor guidelines change in Northwest Wisconsin

Beginning Feb. 3, one visitor per patient will be allowed following additional guidelines.

February 2, 2021
Belle Plaine changing COVID-19 testing protocols

Testing for COVID-19 in Belle Plaine will be by appointment only beginning Monday, Feb. 1.

January 25, 2021

From The Blog

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Managing anxiety: Making the COVID-19 transition

The COVID-19 pandemic upended daily activities and may have caused anxiety about your safety. Get guidance on making a new start so you can move ahead.

YaserDorriPhD By Yaser Dorri July 23, 2021
Susan Fox

Caring COVID-19 nurse changed everything

Help is just a phone call away. That's what Susan Fox discovered when she called the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Nurse Line. Read about her journey to an unexpected diagnosis.

July 22, 2021
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Unvaccinated at highest risk of delta variant infection

The delta variant is being blamed for hot spots in the U.S. where cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. A Mayo Clinic expert expands on how this highly transmissible variant continues to spread.

July 21, 2021
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Men's health: Checkups, screenings key beyond COVID-19 pandemic

Men aren't as likely as women to get preventive screenings and checkups with their health care provider. Delaying or avoiding these could lead to a treatable situation turning deadly.

Benson_Scott By Scott Benson July 6, 2021
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Complex brain surgery gives woman more time with family

Julie Berg's life revolves around family, friends and faith. When her health was tested by an aggressive brain tumor and COVID-19 diagnosis, she leaned on these things for support and her health care team for expert surgical care.

June 21, 2021
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Eating disorders complicated by COVID-19

Like so many aspects of life, COVID-19 complicated the relationship with food, body image, exercise routines, self-care and social media. Learn about the effects of COVID-19 and what to do if you're concerned about your eating patterns.

Sarah Stinson By Sarah Stinson June 18, 2021
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COVID-19 and celebrations: Tips for gathering safely

Nearly everyone had at least one event delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While eager to be with friends and family again, here's how to limit your risk and protect others during in-person gatherings.

June 11, 2021
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Tips for traveling after getting vaccinated for COVID-19

While many restrictions have been lifted, COVID-19 has not gone away. So how safe is it to travel? A Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert answers your questions.

June 9, 2021
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Recent infection could affect COVID-19 vaccination

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is an essential tool in fighting the pandemic. But a recent COVID-19 infection could affect the recommended timing of your vaccination. Get the details.

June 3, 2021
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Q&A: COVID-19 and loss of smell, taste

If you've lost your sense of smell this past year, you're not alone. Learn what you might expect, how long it could last, why COVID-19 can affect it and more.

David Valencia MD By David Valencia June 3, 2021
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Brushing off the 'social rust'

You may feel excited, yet awkward, about a return to interacting with others after the COVID-19 pandemic. Get tips for regaining your comfort and confidence in social situations.

May 25, 2021
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How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting caregiving

It's not surprising that the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we provided caregiving for our loved ones. Read how it's changed, and get tips for positive caregiving support within a family.

Sarah Cormell, L.C.S.W. By Sarah Cormell May 25, 2021