Mayo Clinic shuts down COVID-19 testing site, offers it at appointments

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse will begin offering COVID-19 testing and vaccination at appointments starting next week, closing down the COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in the former Occupational Health Building July 6.

The last day of drive-up COVID-19 testing in Sparta was Wednesday.

Due to falling numbers of cases and the broad availability of vaccines, Mayo Clinic leaders say it is no longer necessary to have a dedicated site and staff. Symptomatic and travel testing, as well as vaccination, will be provided in all primary care departments. Appointments will be required.

“We would like to say thank you to our community for everyone’s efforts to help manage this pandemic. Without their diligence in masking and social distancing, testing and getting the vaccine, we wouldn’t be at this point,” said Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald.

Mayo Clinic Health System continues to encourage all eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are able. Patients are encouraged to use Patient Online Services online or via the mobile app to schedule their vaccine appointment. They can also use the Check Symptoms tool to screen for COVID-19 testing.

Patients without access to Patient Online Services can contact their regular primary care provider or call the nurse triage line (507-293-9525).