Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse caring for low amount of hospitalized COVID patients

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – One day after reporting that Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse has zero COVID patients in the hospital, Wednesday it has one.

That’s still much lower than what the hospital dealt with when local COVID cases peaked in the fall.

Mayo Clinic leaders say they cared for more than 90 COVID patients on average back in November, around 10 patients above hospital capacity.

Leaders say the vaccine has really helped prevent many hospitalizations.

Having little to no COVID patients does wonders for those working extra hard on the frontlines.

“We’re very excited about the way our community has responded and all of the things that are occurring for us to be able to even celebrate for a day or two that we didn’t have a COVID patient in the hospital,” chief nursing officer Jason Fratzke said

Fratzke recommends you continue to mask, stay socially distant and get vaccinated so that the pandemic can end sooner rather than later.