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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

Vaccine clinic in La Crosse extended

Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations are available Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Nov. 11.

October 20, 2021
La Crosse reaches monoclonal antibody treatment milestone

Patients with COVID-19 have received 1,000 infusions since November 2020.

October 8, 2021
La Crosse reopens dedicated COVID-19 testing site

The site will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the corner of 10th and Market streets, and be open from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

August 25, 2021
Visitor policy to change in Northwest Wisconsin

The number of visitors allowed in hospitals and clinics will change to one designated visitor per patient beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23.

August 20, 2021
Additional appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations offered in Fairmont

The expanded capacity for vaccinations means numerous same-day appointments are available.


August 9, 2021
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
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

From The Blog

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Tips to keep kids safe this Halloween

After last year's halt on Halloween due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sweet relief is coming for those who celebrate the spookiest day of the year. With some precautions, your family can trick or treat safely this year.

October 22, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy: 4 common Q&A

You aren't alone if you have questions about getting vaccinated for COVID-19 while pregnant. Find out answers to four common questions OB-GYN providers are asked and why the CDC issued an urgent warning for pregnant women.

Blenda Yun, M.D. By Blenda Yun October 20, 2021
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Are you experiencing frustration with the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you're experiencing frustration with the COVID-19 pandemic, you're not alone. You may be experiencing pandemic anger, or "panger." Learn how you can cope rather than react.

October 18, 2021
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Get your flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine at the same time

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and the flu. Learn why and how you can get both shots at the same time.

October 18, 2021
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Conversations when kids test positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 cases among children are on the rise across the country. Parents have been asking lots of questions on how to talk with their children about a positive test. Here are a few tips.

Jennifer Brumm MD By Jennifer Brumm October 15, 2021
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Ending the pandemic of misinformation, misperception

Misinformation continues to slow efforts to bring COVID-19 under control. In this webinar, a Mayo Clinic expert explains the state and direction of the pandemic, along with the harm posed by untruths.

October 7, 2021

Quick, easy online scheduling for COVID-19 test offers reassurance to traveling family

When Mark Veldhuizen started showing COVID-19 symptoms while traveling with his family, as someone with cancer, he knew he needed to be seen quickly. Through online scheduling, he got an appointment the next morning.

October 6, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine boosters

The FDA has approved a COVID-19 booster vaccine. Find out who is eligible and how to schedule a booster dose.

September 27, 2021
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Don't skip your flu shot this year

Put up your best defense. It's time for your seasonal flu shot. Learn why it's more important than ever to be vaccinated.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson September 27, 2021
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COVID-19 symptoms to watch for in children, teens

When your child gets sick, you want to help them feel better. If they are diagnosed with COVID-19, find out about the symptoms you should watch for and what to do to help them recover.

Jeremy Forster, M.D. By Jeremy Forster September 23, 2021
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Flu shots and COVID-19

All the safety measures that prevent COVID-19 also prevent flu. With masking and social distancing requirements relaxed, it's time to get a flu shot to protect yourself and your family from influenza.

September 20, 2021
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COVID-19 variants, what to know about mutations

A new COVID-19 variant called B.1621, or mu, is being monitored by scientists. Read how variants are classified and what you need to know today.

September 13, 2021