Local hospitals continue to pre-screen patients for COVID-19 testing

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 12 postive cases of COVID-19 in La Crosse County. That’s two more than the previous day.

The two new cases are women in their early 20’s to early 30’s. Both have mild to moderate symptoms and are recovering at home.

The two local health systems continue to only test certain groups of people, which includes hospitalized patients, those in high risk groups, and health care workers.

Mayo Clinic Health System says they’ve tested roughly 400 people over the past 10 days. Right now, they’re doing about 50 to 60 tests a day.

Gundersen says its numbers are similar.

“The conservation of the supplies we do have is important and so we want to make sure we are testing those who are most at risk and that way, when and if we need to continue the escalation of testing, we have the supplies we need and haven’t used them in an inappropriate manner,” Mayo Clinic Health System’s Chief of Nursing Operations Jason Fratzke, R.N.

Mayo La Crosse is now sending tests to Mayo Rochester to be processed every 2 hours to be able to get the results back quicker.